• Feb 5, 2009
The Saab allroad 9-3X is a SportCombi on stilts wearing a few new clothes. In addition to more generous clearance afforded by the vertically enhanced suspension, the Volvo XC70-fighter will don plenty of cladding, whopping pipes out back, and it will utilize the services of a Haldex all-wheel-drive system to conquer inclement conditions.
Unless Saab decides to create an Aero edition that will use the 2.8-liter V6, the 210 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter might be the only engine on offer in the U.S. initially. No price has been mentioned, either, but with the 9-3 SportCombi XWD running $38,585, that's probably a good place to start working your way up. We'll see the car at next month's Geneva Motor Show, and it is expected on sale later this year.

[Source: Motor Authority]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      that's way too much for this car

      $38+k can fetch me a CTS4, a G35x or a 328xi and these 3 options are just way better for the money

      now the CTS and 3-series have wagon versions as well,

      how's GM going about this? here is a CTS wagon $40k, or here is a Saab wagon $40k - they trying to prove this won't sell?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you Ligor, I love my Saab but the pricing is starting to get completely out of hand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah but you aren't paying 38,000 for a 9-3 XWD. After all the incentives and discounts from GM we have sold them for between 33,000 and 35,000.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know how i feel about this car... it's kind of weird.

      but i guess that's the way a REAL saab is supposed to be, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lets wait to see what it looks like with real wheels in the showroom... I have never been a fan of the Audi Allroad though
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I want: Saab 9-3 sportcombi AWD. But it's over-the-cliff depreciation, and Saab proprietary OBD = high cost of ownership.

      What I need: Toyota Venza. Camry mechanicals = trouble free ownership and likely good re-sale. But it's just. So. Boring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Overpriced, overweight, poor gas mileage, and overly late. If Saab survives long enough for the 9-3x to make to dealer lots, they'll only sell a handful. The Audi Allroad sold poorly. The Volvo XC70 sells poorly. Why Saab thinks theirs will sell any differently is completely beyond me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you don't know the price. you don't know the weight. you don't know the gas mileage.

        LOGIC = FAIL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Saabs aren't selling now because people are afraid GM and/or Saab are going to go out of business. I have heard it over and over from people. The XWD 9-3 with the 2.0T motor and an automatic is rated at around 17/27 on the EPA cycle and around 19/29 for a manual. The high end of the range that the EPA gives is 19/32 which I have people tell me they are getting as long as they don't drive like a lunatic.

        Go to fueleconomy.gov and compare the various AWD wagons around. The only one that beats the Saab is the A4 Avant and that is only in the city and that is with premium gas. Try running regular gas in the A4 and see what happens. The Saab will run just fine on regular gas. The non-turbo AWD Subaru Outback does do a little better then the Saab in the city and run on regular gas. Other then that there is nothing out there. The A4 Avant and the Saab XWD wagon have basically the same MSRP when equipped equally but I really doubt people are getting 5,000 dollars plus off A4 Avants.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Mileage and weight have already been reported in other forums. Price will be higher than the 9-3 due to the added content (Haldex), which is already not selling despite having thousands of dollars on the hood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Saab wants this to sell at all, they'll have to scrap their pricing model and price it like the higher end Subaru wagons.

      A choice between the top of the line outback wagon and this would be compelling for some subie owners and many people downsizing from SUVs.

      We all know that won't happen though, and this will end up being the car that nobody gets, either going Outback or A4 Allroad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2009 with 100 miles on it. And I'm not talking about quality of drivetrain or other worn down parts. I'm talking about the uber cheap overhead light plastic, the inane pedal position, the 3 second lag on manual shifts in sport mode, the useless cupholders, and the in speedometer menu system that is about as hazardous as they come.

      Even my family's old 1998 900 felt better than this car. I don't know who would possibly cross shop this car with a 3 series, C class or TL. Anyone who has fond memories of the old 900 has had them set afire with GM's incompetence.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i dunno, steve. i have an 06 9-3 wagon that works for me. great in snow, fantastic seats, unmatched safety, great power with the turbo. i cross shopped the audi a4 avant and volvo v40 and 60, and felt like i was in a much more nimble car in the saab-- plus i hate the red dash lights in the audi, hated feeling like i was in a pimped vw, and the volvo just makes me feel like an old lady. i get better mileage in the saab than in our other car, an 08 mazda 3 5dr, and have more room and power. it's all personal preference, but the saab works for me- and while i'd like the prices to come down, they're in line with volvo, which to me is the closest comparison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For some trivia, in January 2009 the Saab 93 outsold the Volvo 30 series, 40 series, 50 series, 60 series, 70 series and 80 series the Audi A3 the Audi A5 the Jaguar XF and the Jaguar X-Type among others that are further from being competition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My opinions are opinions for sure. Maybe I'm biased since I have such fond memories of my family's pre-rebadging 900s. But the market seems to agree with me. Its not upscale enough to compete with the luxury brands, nor is it quirky enough to satiate the Saab loyalists, if many exist any more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not to belabor the point but you're talking about a month where GM has slashed all prices to absurdly low levels just to get cash.

        I'm not saying the Saab is a bad car. Its just not something that excites me at MSRP nor as a former Saab fan. GM wouldn't be trying to get rid of it if they had done a good job maintaining the brand either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think SAAB's biggest hindrance is the price; people don't see SAABs as worth the money overall even if they have a few redeeming characteristics. If GM could start seriously dropping some prices, SAABs might actually sell better.
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