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It has been a mixed bag with the Saab 93 Aero TTiD. Having driven a few Saabs, I knew I’d either hate this or love it from the first moment. To begin with I fell in love with the uniqueness of this Saab. The super comfortable seats and attractive exterior styling make it a desirable package, while the frugal engine ticks the economy and torque boxes.
So the car has gone back and I’ve spent a bit of time reflecting on what the experience was like. Sure, it wasn’t the years of experience a regular owner would have, but it’s about as good as it gets.
The kilometres were stacked onto the car and all sorts of terrain was covered, ranging from tarmac, through to quasi off-road camping tracks.
Right up until the car was returned, it used just 5.8-litres/100km. For a car the size of a Mazda6 or Ford Mondeo, that’s a tremendous feat! Especially when you consider there was a majority of city driving.
But, I never quite got used to the manual gearbox. Whether it’s the fact that it was a pain in stop start traffic, or that the clutch commanded too much effort, it just seemed like a lot of work to obtain such a fuel efficiency figure.
Unfortunately, opting for the automatic gearbox only makes this worse, increasing fuel consumption by some 3.0L/100km.
Weekend duties were taken care of with ease. A new TV meant that cramming a large box in the boot was in order. Not only did I have the box carried out to the car for me, it fit perfectly in the boot.
So, back to the car, and the big question, would I buy one, given the chance I had as much time as I did with the car? No.
Why, I hear you ask. The price, that’s the main reason. I say this all the time and I’ll say it again, Saab’s are always at least 15 per cent overpriced. Although this car is great and all, it lacks the price tag of every other car in its category, with the same feature set.
On top of the price, the interior is really, really getting long in the tooth.
It’s a shame, because the rest of the car more than certainly makes up for it.
If you can find a decent demonstrator or second hand model, I’d jump at the chance. Until then though, it prices itself out of this model range unfortunately and misses the boat.