9-3 SportCombi

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2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Overview

The SportCombi reflects the Saab tradition for quirkiness. Back in 1973, Saab dubbed its first hatchback the CombiCoupe. Saab will tell you that "combi" stands for a combination of style and practicality. Thus, SportCombi translated means a sporty wagon.

The all-new for 2006 SportCombi sits on a 9-3 sedan MacPheason-strut front wheel drive and four-link independent rear suspension. It also incorporates the 9-3's ReAxs system, a passive, transparent rear steering that allows the rear wheels to turn slightly when cornering at high speed, which increases lateral grip and stability. The brakes are excellent with a firm, progressive feel, minimal nosedive, and no appreciable ABS antics.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged aluminum L4 producing 210 hp moves the base wagon and couples to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. The "sporty" side of this wagon comes in the Aero trim line with a Cadillac sourced V6. Being quirky by tradition, Saab engineers added a twin-scroll turbocharger, more durable pistons, and revised cylinder head design. The Saab V6, at 250 hp, produces 40 hp more than Cadillac's rendition. With 0-60 times in the high 7-second range, the turbo comes on at low revs producing thrust in a linear response with minimal torque steer. The V6's power curve best matches the six-speed automatic, which has optional steering wheel shift buttons. Reviewers enjoyed the responsiveness of the SportCombi's high-speed driving characteristics.

Swedish minimalist triumphs in the design of the interior. Covered in leather and soft materials, touches of brushed aluminum tastefully accent muted colors. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, while the rear bench seat seats three children or two adults. It features a 60/40 split that folds down for 45.0 cubic-feet of cargo space accessed through a large, aluminum hatch. The attractive body, aerodynamically styled for zero-lift, adds only 90 pounds more than a 9-3 sedan.

The Saab tradition touts engineering quirkiness. But "quirky" also means distinctive and with the 9-3 SportCombi, Saab has created a distinctive sport wagon.

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