Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

This is where the Saab influence is most obvious. The BLS basically uses the same interior as the 9-3, albeit with some minor alterations including different dials, steering wheel and a restyled centre console. Unfortunately the layout is drab and doesn’t feel particularly sophisticated or tactile. Quality is very good (again thanks to the Saab involvement) and finding a comfortable driving position is easy thanks to outstandingly supportive seats with plenty of adjustment and a multi-position steering wheel.

With a generally good ride and lots of interior space the BLS is a comfortable car and good over long distances. It’s dimensions are the same as the Saab 9-3 which means good room for front passengers, but a slightly more cramped space for those in the back, with limited legroom for taller passengers. The front seats offer plenty of adjustment (electrically on Luxury and Sport Luxury models) and noise levels are low too.