Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 25 - 62 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Saab 9-3 saloon running costs are fairly high compared to competition. The 9-3 has 18,000-mile (or two-year) service intervals but Saab dealer servicing tends to be pricey (although there are a lot of independent specialists). Insurance costs are reasonable, however some of the petrol models can be a little thirsty – especially the 2.0T and 2.8-litre, so if running costs are a priority go for the 1.9-litre diesel.

Saab 9-3 saloon emissions stack up reasonably on the eco front. With an average of 186g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are standard for a medium-sized saloon but there are no dedicated low emissions models. The greenest model is the 1.9TiD with 120bhp which emits 147g/km of CO2 and averages 52mpg. the 1.9TiD 150bhp was tweaked in 2009 and is actually cleaner with emissions of 137g/km of CO2 and economy of 54mpg.

Saab 9-3 saloon reliability shouldn’t pose too many problems. Previous Saabs have a reputation for longevity and the 9-3 should hopefully continue that trend. It doesn’t feel quite as well built as previous Saab’s however and we have heard reports of some glitches with electrics and issues with six-speed gearbox on early cars.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £630
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Insurance group 18 - 41
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