In base form, the 2008 Saab 9-3 sedan competes with the A4 2.0T, which also comes with a torquey turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Next to the 9-3, the A4 has an especially upscale interior, even though the Saab’s cabin feels pleasantly different than other cars in its class.
The Subaru Legacy GT, with its 250-horsepower turbocharged version of the automaker’s flat-four engine, is priced about the same as the base 9-3 and offers similar performance, though it comes with standard all-wheel drive, a feature only offered on the top 9-3 Turbo X.
Its Swedish rival, the S60, is also worth consideration; the S60 has more passenger comfort but doesn’t feel nearly as sporty.
At the top end of the 9-3’s range, the BMW 3-Series might also be considered, especially in top 335xi trim.
This is where the less recognized 9-3 seems priced a little high, at about the same as the BMW.
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|2008 Saab 9-3Browse Used Listings||2009 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2009 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I6||Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door H4 Manual||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||4-Door Sedan 2.5T FWD w/Snrf|
|Front Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
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|2008 Saab 9-3 vs. 2009 Audi A4||2008 Saab 9-3 vs. 2009 Subaru Legacy||2008 Saab 9-3 vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series||2008 Saab 9-3 vs. 2008 Volvo S60|