The 9-3 is solid as a rock, stable at all speeds and sports a sense of newfound athleticism. Though pulled by its front wheels, the new 9-3 exhibits none of...
the torque steer suffered by its predecessors. The driving dynamics are not as good as those found on rear-wheel-drive cars like the BMW 3 Series, but they are not far off. The 9-3's steering exhibits good on-center feel and very little play.
No matter which model you choose, you'll enjoy brisk acceleration with only the slightest hint of turbo lag in the lower rpm ranges. The excellent passing power of the four-cylinder model can have you well into illegal speed ranges before you know it. You'll also enjoy one of the best manual transmissions ever to be fitted to a Saab.