Engine: 2.8-litre V6, 250bhp
Young exec or mid-life crisis, the 9-3 is styled to appeal to a broad audience and there’s room inside for four adults – just. But the electric seat mechanism that allows access to the rear is frustratingly slow, as is the roof.
Although fast and smooth, performance was a little disappointing for a 2.8 turbo and the average 24.5mpg was poor.
The finish inside and out is excellent, although the ugly slab of plastic Saab insists on using as a dashboard is a letdown.
Engine: 2.8 V6 193bhp auto
The Superb is a car for those in the know. Excellent build quality, good ride and handling – in fact all the attributes of its VW Passat sibling but bigger and cheaper.
The issue with this variant, however, is the automatic ’box. It’s lazy and is a constant detraction. It takes almost 1.5sec longer than the manual to sprint to 62mph, while change-down takes an age as the ’box seems permanently confused – count the seconds before it selects the right gear.
Stick with the manual.
Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.8 CRD Limited XS
Engine: 2.8-litre common rail diesel, 150bhp
Chrysler is rightly proud of its Stow ‘n Go system. It’s a clever piece of engineering that provides up to 4,690 litres of space.
But the Stow ‘n Go logo on the side doors is a shame. Our car came in black so the silver insignia looked tacky. The 2.8-litre CRD engine is the largest diesel in the range, but it’s no sprinter. It ambles to 62mph in 12secs.