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2007 Saab 9-3 Wagon Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Saab 9-3 Wagon was new.

The 9-3 SportCombi is near the top of its class for comfort and distinctive design, but it does not use the same quality materials for its cabin nor does it provide all-wheel drive as do other luxury wagons.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.1
Safety: 8.6
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Selected as a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Comfortable seating for four
  • Includes traditional Saab elements, such as "night panel" lighting
  • Unlike competitors, SportCombi not available with all-wheel drive
  • "Worse than average" overall value rating from IntelliChoice
  • Cheaper interior finish than expected for an upscale wagon

2007 Saab 9-3 Wagon Overview

A substantial number of automotive reviewers can't help but compare the 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi wagon to its sister sedan, the Saab 9-3. Those reviewers claim the 9-3 SportCombi lives up to its name by providing the 9-3 sedan's sportiness and Saab individuality, mixed with the utility and practicality of a General Motors wagon. Car and Driver says the 9-3 SportCombi is a "premium wagon version of the mid-size 9-3 sedan ... built for comfort and speed and cargo ... what's not to like?" Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times describes the SportCombi as "an absolutely brilliant piece of global carbuilding that retains all the historic vibe -- the willowy feel, the Eurostil design, the infatuating quirkiness, even kinkiness -- of Saabs, yet still manages to start in the morning."

As the owner of a Saab 9-3 sedan, the New York Times writer best describes what sets the 9-3 SportCombi apart. "There is little I don't like about my Saab. Yet I am still struggling with a terrible case of buyer's remorse," he writes. "The cause is a new 9-3 model, the SportCombi ... essentially a five-door version of my sedan, mechanically identical and less than an inch longer. But thanks to its taller roof and better rearward visibility, it feels bigger ... the wagon's feeling of spaciousness is welcome."

Upon comparison with other upscale wagons, a number of reviewers favor the 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi. Although it does not provide all-wheel drive, it does have many of the driving dynamics of competitors like Audi's A4 Avant or the BMW 325i wagon and "costs thousands less," as Edmunds says. An AutoWeek reviewer notes the SportCombi "isn't quite as smooth" as BMW, "but it adds a fun factor the BMW doesn't quite have. This car feels very sporty and sticks to the road the way far more costly and sportier vehicles do, all while providing a quiet, refined environment for passengers." Despite a more affordable price than competitors, IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi a rating of "worse than average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared to others in its class.

The wagon is available in two trims, the 2.0T base trim and the sportier Aero. It shares GM's front-drive Epsilon platform with the Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6, Saturn Aura and the European Opel Vectra.

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