The Saab 9-3 convertible is available in three forms. It comes in a sedan, convertible or SportCombi wagon. Each is broken into the 2.0T and the Aero trim levels. Also, the SportCombi comes in the AWD 9-3X option. A front wheel drive system works on them all while the two sedans feature an all wheel drive, dubbed XWD by Saab.
The regular 2.0T choice has 16-inch wheels, a back foglamp, heated mirrors, a series of automatic windshield wipers, a keyless entry system, a cruise control plan, a two zone climate control system, an eight-way driver's seat that uses lumbar adjustment, a leather fabric on the inside, an adjustable steering wheel and a sound system with seven speakers, a CD player and its own special audio jack. The convertible will 17-inch wheels and a full power soft top. The 9-3X has 17-inch wheels, a series of front foglamps, a tall height and unique trim all around.
The Comfort series of options on all 2.0T levels will feature such convenient things as convenient headlamp washers, warm and well insulated heated seats in the front, an a power seat and power mirror. Other options include a special sunroof, OnStar support, signals for Bluetooth devices and a surround-sound system prepared by Bose that is paired with a six disc changer and even its own satellite radio. The convertible has a sound system with eleven speakers and includes a CD changer and satellite radio.
The Aero has 17-inch wheels, and other styles in the line will use adjustable xenon headlamps, powerful front foglamps, leather fabric upholstery and all of the different options that the 2.0T uses. The Premium options feature a series of parking sensors, a series of power-folding and adjustable dimming mirrors and even some attractive driver memory functions. Another edition in the Premium package can work for the 9-3X and will feature adaptive xenon headlamps and even a power passenger seat. A navigation system is optional on the Aero and 9-3X.
Seen from above the 9-3's aeronautical support is clear around the front and at the windshield but not around the tail. There is nothing wrong becuase it is not practical.
Since the ctop is made with a cloth material that can be found in one of four colors, there is no huge rear end to deal with; it looks sharp when the top is op and even looks like a Bentley. However, it looks best when down; the headrests are the only things in the way. The rear also has a small spoiler and lights and metal that are different from what the sedan uses; it still has a 9-3 look but its aerodynamics have influenced the changes needed to help support stability and visibility.
The Saab 9-3 convertible is a front wheel drive with the standard driver and side airbags, head extensions and anti-whiplash restraints, which one will need given this car's performance specs. The Saab 9-3 convertible also has Active Head Restraint, an automated system that holds and cradles a person's head in an accident to help prevent injuries. In addition to these features, it also has anti-lock brakes, electronic traction control and an electronic stability program, all of which are going to aid in the handling and control of the car at a variety of speeds and on a multitude of surfaces and conditions.
While the 2.0T engine works with a relatively strong 210 hp, the 221 lb-ft of torque uses at 2500 rpm works well. That's as much as what other six cylinder engines may use and will work early on. The balance-shafts make the ride smooth as the transmission is made for torque rather than to potentially add noise. The manual option for the transmission also works well. The shifter device feels a little rubbery like what other Saabs use but it never misses any gear and the clutch is comfortalbe enough for aynone; the turbo starts when in idle mode, stop-and-go traffic doesn't add jerkiness.