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New Saab 9-3 Convertible Review: Road test of new Saab 9-3 Convertible

German and Japanese car manufacturers might have come up with many speedy and high-performing automobiles, but the Saab is still good enough for competition. This car has the style, the design, performance, safety and an overall appeal that makes it an endearing convertible. The Saab 9-3 is a great convertible for those who thought convertibles are cramped and risky to drive, though speedy. The 2008 Saab 9-3 convertible is revamped with better features compared to other predecessors and gives great value for the cash you invest.

For years now, Saab has been launching cars that almost reach the luxury segment. The feature-laden thoughtful designs from Saab have always outshone competition from rivals who also wished to make it to the almost- luxury segment. The Saab engines have been Spartan yet powerful. The same goes for the 2008 Saab 9-3 convertible. This 2 door convertible with 4 passenger seating capacity has been a luxury car. At present, the Saab convertible is available in 2 distinct trims, the Aero and the 2.0T. For a comfortable open-top drive down a highway, there is no better car than the Saab 9-3 soft-top luxury convertible. The main achievement of this Saab is the highest EuroNCAP safety ranking as compared to all other convertibles in this segment. All the Saab convertibles have good cargo space. The convertible also has rear seating for 2 adults, but these are definitely not for the long-legged passengers.

All the Saab 9-3 trims are front wheel driven. The turbocharged engines in both trims offer good performance and reasonable fuel economy. The transmission ranges from 5-6 speed manual or automatic transmission in the Saab 9-3. Since it is a high powered convertible, drivers may experience a slight tug at the steering when they accelerate. But this is quite manageable in the Saab 9-3. The very useful ignition switch and the light-saving night panel are very much a part of the present day Saab. The instrument panel is loaded. This car is easy to handle and has tons of safety features. Though slightly high on maintenance, this convertible seems to have it all.

Engine: 3 out of 5….. The turbocharged engines are not lacking, though performance is not up to the mark in a convertible of this design.

Transmission: 3 out of 5…. Easy manual and automatic transmission option.

Handling: 3 out of 5… good grip and steering control, though slight tug is experienced at times.
Safety: 4 out of 5 … state-of-the-art safety features, the kind you would want in a speedy convertible.
Value 3 out of 5… Slightly expensive at $45,000. But then it is a luxury sports convertible.
Tech Specs
Body: luxury convertible. Matte finish on exteriors. 2 door 4 passenger soft-top vehicle.
Engine: 2.0 and 2.8 liter engines that provide up to 255 hp and good fuel economy.

Transmission: 5-6 speed manual/automatic transmission available

Torque: 258 at 2000 (ft-lbs): Aero, 221 at 2500 (ft-lbs): 2.0T

Power: 210 at 5300 (2.0T) and 255 hp at 5500 rpm (Aero)

Tires: radial tires with independent suspension.

Verdict: neat car with the looks and comfort.

For: looks, design, convenience, safety

Against: performance (not-so-smooth drive) and turbo lag

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