Saab has a long way to go

Tom Webster

As prices are now available for the new 9-5, we finally have an indication that Saab's rescue by Spyker will result in the brand hitting our roads again.

But just five minutes spent in the old 9-3 Biopower shows just how far the company has to come to establish itself as a major manufacturer once again.

While BMW, Jaguar and the other premium brands that Saab hopes to challenge have moved on, the 9-3 we drove felt like a very outdated car, despite the '59' registration plate it was carrying.