Neatly styled, good range of engines, turbocharged performance, comfortable
Interior lacks quality feel, not as refined as other convertibles, button-heavy dash
Saab has been building convertibles for many years but the concept has remained the same - a four-seat soft-top that can be used all the year round. The 9-3 Convertible is the company's most desirable model, helped by its neat styling and understated image. While folding hard-tops are becoming more widespread, the Saab's soft-top still impresses. It's fast acting, opening or closing in twenty seconds and at speeds of up to 20mph, plus it is highly insulated.
However, the interior is a bit of a let down - there are too many buttons and it lacks the quality feel you'd expect in a premium car. In terms of driving it's not up to the standards of the best convertibles either. In 2007 it was given a notable facelift which brought a much sharper front end along with a more modern overall appearance.
What owners say about this car
The fact that you can fit four adults in it in comfort and that, as the roof folds into the... Read owner review
Reasonable sized boot space although you have to arrange any luggage so that the roof can still fold... Read owner review
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