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2007 Saab 9-3 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Saab 9-3 was new.

Reviews are mixed on the ride inside the 2007 Saab 9-3 sedan. Most reviewers are pleased with the front seats' comfort and the overall cabin appearance. Edmunds says that "the Saab 9-3's cabin boasts a clean, contemporary look." However, other auto writers complain that Saab cut some corners in the quality of some materials.

Seating

The front passengers will be comfortable in the 2007 Saab 9-3, most reviewers express, but the backseat passengers will have more of a challenge.

The Kelley Blue Book reviewer enjoyed the Saab's seating, suggesting that "if you like seats you sit in rather than on, you'll love the 9-3's front bucket seats." Autobytel adds to the praise: "Well bolstered, soft leather seating greets the driver and passenger, delivering that comfort mile after mile. After spending over five hours behind the wheel, we arrived at our final destination with no TBS (tired butt syndrome) and could have gone back out for another leg of driving." However, to Auto Mall USA, the sport seats "are more aggressive and best suited to slimmer, narrower bodies."

Of the rear seats, MSN Autos says, "knee room gets a bit tight for a rear occupant if a tall driver moves his seat back a lot." Cars.com thinks there is ample headroom for the backseat, "but legroom suffers if the front seat is adjusted rearward." Further, "the center occupant must endure a high, hard perch and straddle a tall floor hump." Autobytel even suggests that a lone passenger in the back "will find themselves sprawled across the rear bench seat to get comfortable."

Interior Features

Reviewers like the standard features that come with both models of the Saab 9-3, but the Boston Herald reviewer comments that the leather-wrapped steering wheel has plastic sections where the driver's hands would touch: "This is an unusual treatment, but it looked nice and felt good to the touch." All in all, the Boston Herald reviewer sums up the general consensus with the statement, "Steering wheel controls for audio and telephone are handy as well as safe."

Those drivers who are used to Saab styling will be pleased to find some familiar features in the interior. Edmunds says the cabin still has the familiar "aircraft-inspired cockpit," while Auto Mall USA notes that "the ignition key goes into the lock between the bucket seats, on the floor console. Some consider this awkward, but Saab aficionados would have it no other way."

With the 2007 Saab 9-3, standard features differ according to trim. The 2.0T trim's features include leather-appointed seats, wood-effect trim, metallic-rimmed gauges and head restraints for four seats as well as provision for a fifth. With the 2007 Saab 9-3's 60th Anniversary Package, drivers receive leather-appointed black sport and dark-walnut interior trim in addition to the premium audio package.

Unfortunately, elements of the interior design quality prompt the Boston Globe to ask, " How much more could it cost to put soft-touch, textured material where the black plastic sits like a scab? Hyundai and Kia do it." Consumer Guide Automotive also notes that, "Interior materials assembled with care, but not all cabin plastics up to premium-class benchmarks."

Stereo and Entertainment

The 2.0T has a 150W audio system, seven speakers, a CD player and an MP3-compatible auxiliary input jack. Those with the 2.0T have the option for a premium audio package that includes a 260W Bose system, nine speakers, a six-disc in-dash CD changer and an XM® Satellite Radio. For the 9-3 Aero, a 260W Bose® system, nine speakers and a six-disc in-dash CD changer are standard.

Navigation

Drivers of all the 2007 Saab 9-3 trims have the option for a DVD navigation system, which Consumer Guide Automotive describes as "the same as those in other GM cars. . . [The] navigation system absorbs but doesn't complicate audio functions."

Cargo

Auto writers are in agreement that the amount of trunk space is "appealing," to use Cars.com's expression, or "above-average for a car such as this with more than 12 cubic feet," as explained by the Orlando Sentinel. All-around storage space is a bit harder to find, reviewers say. MSN Autos complains that "the center console bin doesn't hold much and a plastic cupholder that pops out of the dashboard for the front passenger seems rather flimsy."

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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