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2002. - 2007.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
2000. - 2004.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door

Dimensons & Volumes

4654 mm
1762 mm
1492 mm
419 liters
1273 liters
58 liters
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4541 mm
1728 mm
1465 mm


Opel / General Motors
2.8 Z28NET
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
2792 cc
250 hp
350 Nm
Mercedes Benz
2.6 M112 E26
6 - V config, 3 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2597 cc
170 hp
240 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1545 kg
6.9 s
245 km/h
15.5 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
10.4 l/100km
245 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1485 kg
9.5 s
229 km/h
17.1 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
11.6 l/100km
278 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1570 kg
7.8 s
240 km/h
17.2 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
11.0 l/100km
255 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1580 kg
10.5 s
219 km/h
16.1 l/100km
8.5 l/100km
11.6 l/100km
279 g/km


1500 EUR
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Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 5-door wagon body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the SAAB and rear in the case of the Mercedes Benz). The first one has a Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 250hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 18-valves 170hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.


Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the SAAB being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Swedish car offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.


I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that SAAB does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of SAAB with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Mercedes Benz badge with 4.4 out of 5. The same official information place 9-3 30% below average, and C 42% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Swedish car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

SAAB is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 245 kilometers per hour, 16km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Swedish car, averaging around 10.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (27 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 12% difference compared to the German car.


Mercedes Benz appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Swedish car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with SAAB being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but SAAB. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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