2008 Saab 9-3 Wagon

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2008 Saab 9-3 Wagon Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Saab 9-3 Wagon was new.

The 9-3 SportCombi ranks highly because it is comfortable, distinct, and possesses an all-wheel drive system. However, its cabin quality is not up to the standards of its class.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.0
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable seating
  • Includes traditional Saab elements, such as "night panel" lighting
  • New and highly competent all-wheel drive system
  • Cheaper interior finish than expected

2008 Saab 9-3 Wagon Overview

Compared to its sister sedan, the Saab 9-3, the SportCombi provides sportiness and Saab individualism, 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?" 

What the SportCombi does have is a new all-wheel drive system that improves driver involvement and complements its quirky nature. But the Saab 9-3 SportCombi is pricier than some competitors and doesn't have a reputation for value over time. For 2008, the SportCombi receives some changes to the exterior. A new all-wheel-drive option for the Aero models will be introduced halfway through 2008.

The wagon is available in two trims, the 2.0T base trim and the sportier Aero.

  • "Though the 2007 9-3 is a more conventional car than Saabs past, driving one is still a unique experience that starts the moment you turn the key." -- About.com
  • "Wagon, SportCombi....whatever. The most important point is that the 9-3 5-door lives again." -- Road and Track
  • "The SportCombi is a nice combination of sportiness and hauling function in a pretty, modern wrapper that offers nearly 60 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat flopped out of the way." -- Automotive.com
  • "I think sport wagons are the coolest kinds of cars on Earth, cars that give virtually nothing away compared with their sport sedan siblings while offering major cargo- and people-moving qwan. Our test vehicle, a SportCombi with the performance Aero package, boldfaces the point." -- LA Times
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