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2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon Interior

This interior review was written when the 2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon was new.

Though the 9-3 SportCombi's interior is both modern and comfortable, it can't match the material quality of others in its class.

  • We "question Saab's decision to leave the 9-3's interior unchanged during [the 2008] refresh. The cabin is attractive at a glance, particularly with the two-tone leather option, but closer inspection reveals low-quality plastics and inconsistent fit and finish." Edmunds

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Seating

The 2009 Saab 9-3 SportCombi's seating is comfortable, but don't expect to stretch out.  Wagons with more space include the Ford Taurus X and the Volkswagen Passat.

  • "Good all-around support." Consumer Guide
  • "Headroom is plentiful," Edmunds
  • "Bckseat headroom and toe space are abundant, but legroom suffers if the front seat is adjusted rearward," Cars.com
  • "If you are more than 6 feet tall you will be unimpressed by legroom." the Orlando Sentinel

Interior Features

The 9-3 SportCombi also has easy-to-use controls with Saab's unique style and placement. One notable touch is placing the ignition on the center console, which is a Saab hallmark. A common complaint is the quality of the materials. All 9-3 SportCombis include leather-appointed seats and a leather-trim steering wheel. Also standard is Saab's "night panel" lighting -- a favorite for several reviewers

  • "A top gun jet jockey can't afford to waste time processing unnecessary information on the instrument panel. Saab applies the same easy-reader philosophy to its cars, putting the vital gauges -- speed, fuel, tachometer -- in the driver's line of sight, and keeping frequently used controls like fan, temperature and volume within easy reach." The Detroit Free Press
  • "Not all cabin plastics up to premium-class benchmarks," Consumer Guide
  • "The front passenger's cupholder is a joke -- a flimsy thing that deploys from the dashboard and can't hold a large cup steady in a moving vehicle. It has no place in an $8,000 car, let alone a $38,000 car. If an automaker is opposed to cupholders in cars (as are many of my readers), it shouldn't offer them. But if it's going to offer them, they should be sturdy and safe," Newsday
  • One cool feature, encountered on a number of previous Saabs, is the 'night panel,' which at the touch of a button shuts down the nav screen and much of the dashboard lighting to help reduce distracting glare while driving at night," The Detroit News

Stereo and Entertainment

Although not highlighted in reviews, Saab 2.0T buyers receive a 150-watt Premium Audio System with seven speakers, while the Aero SportCombi has a 300-watt audio system with 10 speakers.

Navigation

Most reviewers aren't please with the optional navigation system on the Saab 9-3 SportCombi.

  • The navigation system is "next to useless. The screen is too small to furnish much information, the hardware is complicated (to change screens required four separate movements)." The Detroit News
  • "The nav system resisted my best efforts to get it to display street names." The Los Angeles Times

Cargo

The 9-3 SportCombi is appreciated for providing plentiful cargo room.

  • The cargo area is "generous and cleverly designed. A floor panel lifts, folds in the middle and stands up to create two cargo areas for times you don't have that much to carry and don't want it sliding all around." USA Today
Review Last Updated: 11/30/09

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