Traditionally the most popular convertible car in its sector the Saab 9-3 Convertible was perfected over several years resulting in a car that is finally as satisfying to drive as it is to look at. Despite being a great car, it struggles to compete with the sheer quality of build and materials of its German rivals. Prices were keen to undercut such opposition though and the fabric roof is quick, lightweight and well insulated. Later in the Saab 9-3 Convertible’s lifespan it was made available with a diesel option. Saab’s BioPower models allow use of the controversial ‘eco’ fuel bio-ethanol at a premium, however the diesel cars offer lower emissions.
The Saab 9-3 1.8T Convertible was a strong seller thanks to its entry-level price tag combined with good levels of performance and economy. It suits the car which has a chassis better suited to comfortable cruising thanhard driving. It is smoother and sounds better than the diesel alternative and can still post respectable miles to the gallon. The updated styling kept sales going despite the underlying car lagging behind its German competitors.
The Entry level Saab 9-3 1.8t was updated to allow use of bio-ethanol as well as petrol as a fuel. Promoted as sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, plant based bio-ethanol seemed like a great solution. Unfortunately it was followed by the relaisation that huge stretches of land would have to be dedicated to its production which could lead to further food shortages in third-world countries.