Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Saab likes to make associations with it's aviation heritage and the dash layout of the 9-3 certainly has a hint of aircraft cockpit about it. It's enveloping, with lots of gadgets and important-looking switches but the layout is rather haphazard - a mid 2006 facelift simplified the cabin with a clearer look with fewer buttons. Build quality is good but the finish and materials used aren't particularly upmarket, however finding a comfortable driving position is easy thanks to outstandingly supportive seats with plenty of adjustment and a multi-position steering wheel.

Saab 9-3 saloon comfort levels are pretty good if you're sitting up front, where passengers get a highly-supportive seat and loads of legroom which means excellent long-distance comfort. It's not as impressive in the back though - headroom is good but legroom is in short supply, however three can still fit in - even if it's a bit of a squeeze with a couple of six-footers in the front.

The ride comfort is good though and there's little road or wind noise when cruising.