Review: Saab 9-3 X (2009 – 2011)


Saab's alternative to the Volvo XC70. Good ride quality. Usefully large boot space.

Four-wheel drive only available with thirsty petrol engine. Diesel only front-wheel drive.

Saab 9-3 X (2009 – 2011): At A Glance

What does a Saab 9-3 X (2009 – 2011) cost?

Real MPG average for a Saab 9-3 X (2009 – 2011)

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42–47 mpg

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Which tyres for my Saab 9-3X?

I have purchased a 2009 Saab 9-3X 2.0T Station Wagon and it has 235/45/ZR18 tyres, Pirelli on the rear and Hankooks on the front. The rears need replacing now and the fronts soon. I am thinking of getting four season tyre replacements but am not sure which would be the best. I can't seem to find Vredestein Quatrac 3s this size. What would you recommend please?
Switch to 16-inch or 17-inch wheels with sensible profile tyres. does a set of TUV approved 16-inch wheels for £335. The cost of these wheels and tyres will not be much more than a set of 235/45 R18 tyres. Quatrac 3s are good, but Continental Winter Contact TS850 now get the nod from for all year round use.
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