The more simplified of the two SportCombis, the 2.0T, is a great set of wheels for the discerning station wagon seeker who prefers lower fuel expenditure to on-road oomph. It's set up with a great base of standard features to which several options packages and accessories can be added for a more customized car.
The luxury wagon's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces 210 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive that helps the SportCombi achieve 20 city miles to the gallon and 30 highway miles to the gallon. With the available 5-speed Sentronic automatic transmission, which allows clutchless manual shifting, the fuel efficiency slips a bit to 18 city/28 highway.
Standard safety features on the SportCombi 2.0T enhance the driver's control of the vehicle and, in the worst-case scenario, passenger protection. The list includes ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, Traction Control, and the Electronic Stability Program, every type of airbag, state-of-the-art seatbelts with pretensioners, and Active Head Restraints.
Auto climate control joins the list of standard amenities this year, joining other comfort-enhancing items such as the well-designed leather seats (with 8-way power-adjust for the driver). The interior is appealing enough with its wood-effect trim, leather trimmed steering wheel, and carpeted floor mats, and respiratory irritation is staved off thanks to the standard cabin air filter. Get this one: the glove compartment doubles as a cooler, as it can be chilled to 45 degrees! Exterior amenities range from all-season tires on 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels and a rear fog light to side direction signals and heated power mirrors.
The Swedes like to group their optional equipment into packages. There's the Premium Package (express open/close for windows and moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, fog lamps, red walnut interior trim, power seat for front passenger, Saab Park Assist, and upgraded 16-inch alloy wheels) and an upgraded Premium Package that adds 17-inch wheels. The Cold-Weather Package (high-pressure headlamp washers and heated front seats) is quite popular for the latter feature.
2007 is a special year for Saab, as it celebrates its 60th anniversary. A commemorative 60th Anniversary Package is available on the 2.0T and other Saab models. The special options it adds start with metallic paint, including an Ice Blue that is not otherwise available. Other features in this package are its specially embossed leather seats with grey panels, black and grey floor mats, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power passenger seat, front fog lamps, and dark walnut interior accents. The bundle also includes the Visibility Package (xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, and Park Assist) and the option to purchase the Premium Audio Package (a 9-speaker Bose system with 6-CD changer).