Saab 9-3 1.9 TiD

May 26, 2012

Opel and Saab – a marriage that will not only put smiles on the faces.The Swedes are struggling for years with weak sales.Among the still worth a cut sheet of Saab dresses are long established Opel technology.But the relationship of Opel Vectra and Saab 9-3 you can see not even a second glance.

The similarities lie hidden under sheets, covers and moldings.Well done – because the common Saab customer does not like being thrown by supporters of the Rüsselsheim-fraction in a pot.Opel for the middle class – Saab contrast, GM’s European luxury brand.This is true even at entry-level model, the Saab 9-3 1.9 TID.

Happy Switch

Which Diesel is one good way?The Saab 9-3 1.9 TID is currently available in two power levels.For one of the 150-horsepower sixteen-valve engine, the other of the eight-valve engine with 88 kW/120 hp.Both run economical and torque-strong.And even the smaller of the two brothers is good in the first meters on the road.The maximum torque of 280 Nm available at 2,000 r / min are available.

But one must not only turn on the highway, before you miss the 30 horses from its big brother.On the road you’re traveling fast – is pending before the first overtaking maneuver.The upper course of the easy-to-shifting, six-speed transmission designed emphasizes long.Thus, from low engine speeds is not out to do much.Downshift – this one is from a common rail diesel does not often used.Here it is advisable.Then it will come off with the overtaking.Even on long motorway inclines you are required to switch to a lower gear.This lack of torque, engine capacity and performance.

A few more horses

The sprint 0 to 100km / h is measured with 11.8 seconds is not quite as sporty as desired.This is the top speed of 200 km / h in order – at least for a beginner model.However, a similar 150-hp version does noticeably lighter.The extra cost of 1,300 € is therefore a good investment.Especially since the promised average fuel consumption is also on par.Were promised 5.8 liters of diesel per 100 km.In reality, there were consistently more than seven liters.This is too much and beyond promises.

Euro-4 and particle filters since the departure of the old 2.2 TID luckily standard.But one can not help but wish a few more horses under the hood.Here, the 9-3 1.9 TID is not lame.But for him to go sporty, one has the right hand often unusual on the gear lever.When accelerating to higher speeds is particularly clear that 120 horsepower is not a good choice in a nearly 1.6-ton front-wheel drive.

Without air conditioning Gedächnis

The chassis offers a good mix, however.The vote of springs and dampers ensures even on poor roads have enough rest for the body, the dynamics can not be neglected.In the border area pushes the 9-3 felt over the front axle.

Inside, we expect the usual pleasant Saab styling.The control can be set as precise as the well-contoured seats.The offer comfortable long-distance comfort and plenty of leg rest.Also, you may enjoy sitting in the rear.The luggage compartment is 425 liters in size.Moreover, can share a little too soft in the back seat of 60:40.The switch on the dashboard are placed sober and lack charm.Annoying shows the operation of the (optional) automatic climate control.The car parked just a few hours in the garage – and you can then the air-conditioning (except temperature) set from scratch: air distribution, intensity, everything.

Ancient navigation

This weakness of comfort is matched only by the navigation system.Safe: The operation is simple and the color screen can be easily read even in sunlight.But the speed of the processor can be close to an old product.Before you entered the name of country and city, the first few miles are already gone.Even while driving, the system indulged like time out and searched without explanation after a new route.For a comparable reference model Saab came to the same problems.Apparently not an isolated case.

Who cares there that have the power windows do not have easy to use controls?The cost is an incredible 150 € extra charge.The base price for the Saab 9-3 1.9 TID Linear is € 25,500.It makes sense to stay at the Comfort package (€ 1100) with automatic climate control, parking aid, cruise control and dimming mirrors.Another good choice is xenon headlights (750 €), heated seats (325 €), rain sensor (75 €) and navigation system (from 2.200 €).

 Specifications
Saab 9-3 1.9 TiD Salomon Edition

 

Engine Series
Cylinder 4
Displacement (cc) 1910
Power (kW / hp) 88/120
Payload (kg) 460
Total weight (kg) n
0-100 km / h (s) 11.5
Vmax (km / h) 200
Consumption (L/100 km) 5.8
Fuel Diesel
Base price (€) 25 250

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