With the introduction of the 2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi, this Swedish automaker has doubled its number of entries into the premium midsize wagon segment. Saab is no stranger to five-door wagon and hatchback configurations, a part of the corporate tradition dating back to 1959, and with the 9-3 SportCombi Saab is targeting loyalists looking for a 9-3 with extra cargo carrying capacity. With its rear seats folded down, the 9-3 SportCombi delivers, offering 73 cubic feet of cargo space, perfect for hauling sports equipment or shuttling the family dog. And with the sport-tuned Aero model, the 9-3 SportCombi is an impressive performer on a favorite back road. Thanks to two turbocharged engine choices, the 2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi is especially attractive to those that live in high-altitude areas where thinner atmospheric conditions can suck the life out of non-turbo motors. And with standard ABS, stability control, and front, side, and curtain airbags, plus terrific crash-test scores from the IIHS, the 9-3 SportCombi is also safe. Who says a station wagon has to be boring?
The new 2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi is a prime example that you don’t have to settle for dull when choosing to purchase and drive a station wagon. Saab has always had functional wagons and hatchbacks in the lineup and the new 2006 9-3 SportCombi is an impressive addition to tradition.
Wheels and Tires
Headroom: 38.9 in. (front)/37 in. (rear)
Legroom: 42.3 in. (front)/35.1 in. (rear)
Shoulder room : 56.3 in. (front)/55.1 in. (rear)
Max. Cargo Capacity: 73 cubic feet
Length: 183.2 inches
Width: 69.4 inches
Height: 60.6 inches
Track: 59.9 in. (front)/59.3 in. (rear)
Base Curb Weight: 3,175 lbs.
Weight Distribution: 60/40 (front/rear)
-- 7.3 seconds (2.8L turbo with manual transmission)
-- 7.9 seconds (2.0L with manual transmission)
-- 8.3 seconds (2.8L turbo with automatic transmission)
-- 9.0 seconds (2.0L with automatic transmission)
Photos courtesy of Saab cars USA