Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 07:01:18 GMT
From: "stephen" <>
Subject: Re: New 9-3 not so bad after all?

"Johannes H Andersen" <> wrote in message > As I picked up an oil filter from my Saab dealer, I was handed a Top Gear > Special (BBC) comprehensive report on small executive cars. The cars tested > were: > > Saab 9-3, Audi A4, BMW 3, Alfa 156, Jaguar X, Merc C, Lexus IS, MG ZT, > Rover 75, Skoda Superb, Volvo S60. Three models for each car was tested > according to emphasis, e.g. diesel, performance, value, comfort, tax break > ect. > > Surprisingly, the Saab was the only car awarded 5 stars overall. The high > 5 scores came from styling, accommodation and value, whereas performance > and driver appeal got 4. > > The cars that only got 3 stars overall were Lexus IS, Rover 75, Volvo S60. > > The only cars that got higher marks than Saab in driver appeal were: > Alfa 156, BMW 3 - that's it. But apparently you have to pay for that in > other ways, notably accommodation. However, new models of those cars are > around the corner. The Alfa 156 i just got rid of was unreliable and drank a lot of fuel. Back to Saabs....(9-5 in my case) -- Regards Stephen Hope - return address needs fewer xxs

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