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2008 Saab 9-3 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Saab 9-3 was new.

Although the Saab 9-3's interior is considered spacious, it's quality gets mixed reviews. AutoWeek says "these Swedes not only figured out a way to make the cockpit a place you'd like to stay and live in." But others argue closer inspection reveals inconsistent fit and finish.


To reviewers, the 9-3's front passengers will be comfortable but backseat passengers will be cramped. Kelley Blue Book suggests "if you like seats you sit in rather than on, you'll love the 9-3's front bucket seats," AutoWeek states, "The seats coddle," and Car and Driver likes that seats are "swathed in expensive-looking leather and remain comfortable and supportive."

Of the rear seats, Consumer Guide finds knee room, "disappointingly tight if the front seats are set far back." Cars.com thinks "Backseat headroom and toe space are abundant, but legroom suffers if the front seat is adjusted rearward." Autobytel suggests a lone passenger in the back "will find themselves sprawled across the rear bench seat to get comfortable."

Interior Features

Reviewers generally like the 2008 9-3's standard features and their placement, but opinions differ on their quality. Forbes praises, "The clean layout and well-designed controls are a nice contrast to the overly complex interiors of so many luxury sedans." Road and Track adds, "Mostly unchanged from 2007, the 9-3's interior features logically placed controls, large, easily readable instruments, comfortable seats and a laudable climate-control system."

Others voice a different view. Consumer Guide states, "Interior materials are assembled with care, but not all cabin plastics have the texturing and tactile feel that match class pacesetters," while Edmunds adds, "the 9-3's mediocre interior materials continue to be a liability."

The 9-3's 2.0T sedan features leather-appointed seats, wood-effect trim and a leather-trim steering wheel. The Aero model has leather-appointed sport seats with two-toned upholstery, metallic trim and a leather-trim steering wheel with aluminum accents. Both models have metallic-rimmed gauges, integrated audio controls for the steering wheel and the option for leather upholstery. In addition, all models also feature one of Saab's classic design elements -- the ignition's placement in the cabin's center console. According to Consumer Guide, this is "a Saab tradition we find unobjectionable," while the Orlando Sentinel says it's "a central concession to Saab's once quirky personality."

The 2.0T has a 150-watt audio system with seven speakers, a CD player and an MP3-compatible auxiliary input jack. Optional for the 2.0T is a 260-watt Bose system with nine speakers and a six-disc in-dash CD changer, while the Aero receives this system standard. All 9-3 models receive OnStar ®, a three-month trial for XM ® Satellite Radio, and have an option for a DVD-based navigation system.


Auto writers agree the amount of trunk space is "appealing," as Cars.com says, or of "considerable volume," as Consumer Guide notes. Edmunds states, "The Saab 9-3 can carry more than most cars in its class; it offers 15 cubic feet of trunk space." However, some says other storage spaces are a bit harder to find.

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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