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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0

Saab servicing and parts are on the high side, although there are plenty of cheaper specialists and there are more General Motors (Vauxhall) parts than before. Fuel consumption never gets higher than 30 mpg, although the impressive diesels do return over 40 mpg.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 109p £1,502 - £1,906 *
Diesel 107p £1,081 - £1,081 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 12,000 miles
Warranty Mechanical 3 years, bodywork 6 years
Road tax (12 months) £190 - £305
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Insurance group 21 - 34
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.


4 out of 5 4.0

Three-year warranty from the start meant any teething problems were quickly sorted. Reassuringly well built; robust and reliable so far; should run to very high mileages indeed if properly maintained.

Car checklist problem points

Body Should be perfect.
Engine / gearbox Most are still covered by Saab’s three-year warranty.
Other Check hood for correct operation and damage on convertible.

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