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2002. - 2007.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
2002. - 2005.
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
4822 mm
1798 mm
1500 mm
510 liters
1850 liters
61 liters


Opel / General Motors
2.8 Z28NET
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
2792 cc
250 hp
350 Nm
Opel / General Motors
3.2 Z32SE
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
3175 cc
211 hp
300 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 - 5 gears
1480 kg
8.1 s
239 km/h
14.3 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
10.1 l/100km
242 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
1505 kg
8.4 s
237 km/h
15.6 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
10.6 l/100km
254 g/km


1500 EUR
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Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 5-door wagon body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. Both the engines are Opel-engineered . The first one has a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 250hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 211hp one.


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 that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, 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 both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of SAAB with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Opel badge with 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place 9-3 30% below average, and Vectra 6% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Swedish car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

SAAB is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 245 kilometers per hour, 6km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 10.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (28 mpg), in combined cycle.


SAAB 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. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the SAAB. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. 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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