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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
any 9-3 has more tire noise than the class norm
excelled in its ability to be average at everything
subpar interior materials
Experts at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Saab 9-3 has some nice points, but is less than perfect when it comes to some details.
Edmunds states "the Saab 9-3's cabin offers decent ergonomics and very comfortable front seats." Up front, ConsumerGuide appreciates that "comfortable seats provide good all-around support. The 9-3's standard tilt and telescopic steering column helps tailor a comfortable driving position, though the tallest drivers might want it to go higher and may wish for more rearward seat travel." Kelley Blue Book describes the seats in Aero models as "seriously sporty."
In the rear, "backseat headroom and toe space are abundant," offers Cars.com, "but legroom suffers if the front seat is adjusted rearward. The center occupant must endure a high, hard perch and straddle a tall floor hump." ConsumerGuide notes "good head clearance" but warns that "knee space in sedans...is disappointingly tight if the front seats are set far back. The same goes for foot space if the front seats aren't elevated." ConsumerGuide judges sedans to have "a tall trunk with considerable volume."
Ergonomics and space efficiency generally garner respect, but materials, fit, and finish draw some jeers, as do overall levels of refinement. Edmunds contends "the cabin is attractive at a glance, particularly with the two-tone leather option, but closer inspection reveals low-quality plastics and inconsistent fit and finish." As for sound dampening, "any 9-3 has more tire noise than the class norm," points out ConsumerGuide. All seem to like the Saab's unique center-mounted ignition key, and Kelley Blue Book admires the instrument cluster, which they feel "was clearly developed for easy and helpful reading."
The 2009 Saab 9-3 has good seats and ergonomics, but materials are mediocre compared to most cars in the same price range.