Steering is fairly precise, and while roll stiffness could be better, the front-wheel-drive SportCombi is happy being thrown around with vigor. Forward thrust is pretty much instantaneous, the twin-scroll turbo coming on at very low revs, in a linear fashion. Saab only had Aeros on hand for us to drive, which is fine because this is a terrifically smooth and quiet engine, with plenty of power — 250 bhp at 5500 rpm and 258 lb. There are better manuals out there, as this one is a bit notchy and imprecise. The sporty Aero version comes with brand-new 2.
The is a station wagon. The front seats are soft and comfortable, which is another way of saying they don't hold you in place that well through corners. The automatic features Saab's Sentronic manual gear selection, with shift buttons on the steering wheel available as an option; the automatic is well matched to the power characteristics of the turbo, and provides smooth shifts. The Aero is available with either a 6-speed manual now with cable linkage, rather than rod-actuated or a 6-speed automatic. Also, CarGurus is an excellent method of shopping for a vehicle! The base of the C-pillars received reinforcement, while transverse beams connect the C- and D-pillars in the roof and across the floor. Smith when she's carting the kids around and Mr.
The SportCombi rides on the same wheelbase and track as the 9-3 sedan to which it is identical from the B-pillars forward , but extra strengthening was needed because the SportCombi has both a longer roof and loses the cross bracing behind the rear seat. The hatch, for example, is steeply raked; the roof tapers only slightly, but the blacked-out window frames taper much more so, helping to create a look of forward momentum. Some cheap plastics, but most is very nice. Much thought went into the styling of the SportCombi to separate it from the stereotypical wagon, and you'll note how different it looks even from Saab's own. Regardless of what it's called, we're glad the SportCombi is here, because we miss the 9-3's hatchback body style, dropped with the 2003 redesign.
The result is torsional rigidity very close to that of the sedan, while weighing in with 88 lb. The hatch is made of aluminum to ease opening and closing, with the procedure aided by recessed door closure handles on both sides. The most important point is that the 9-3 5-door lives again. The 9-3 SportCombi goes on sale in the U. Rear cargo room with the seats up is 14.
Two models are available: The base wagon has a 2. It's very quiet though and doesn't feel as fast as it is Build quality: Pretty good, solid, well screwed together. So why not just call it a 9-3 wagon? Because it does look different from most wagons. . It responds well to changes in throttle, understeers minimally and Saab has done a commendable job conquering torque steer.
The interior layout provides the same no-nonsense approach to driving as the 9-3, especially if you enjoy monotone black trim. The front and rear are tied together by a crease that extends from the headlamps rearward above the door handles, culminating in the traditional Saab hockey-stick shape at the leading edge of the D-pillar. I shopped through CarGurus for the 2nd time and I just happened to also find my 2nd car through Center Rd Auto Sales. Occasional rattles, mainly due to hard sports suspension Apperence: Very pretty, and Aero trim set. Smith when he wants to crank the pace up a notch.
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