Saab 9-3 safety ratings

Jan 2004 - Current (front + side + head airbags)

About this test

The left-hand-drive European model was tested by EuroNCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.

About the test vehicles

2 litre
Kerb weight:
1450 kg
Medium Car
Vehicles built:
Front + side + head airbags

ANCAP safety

Good score:  33.15 out of 37

The Saab 9-3 scored 13.15 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. Protection from serious chest injury was marginal for the driver. The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. A further 2 points were scored in the optional pole test. 2 points were scored for advanced seat belt reminders, earning the vehicle a 5 star rating.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4pts, chest 3.06pts, upper legs 3pts, lower legs 3.69pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 100mm and downwards 13mm. The steering wheel hub moved forwards 24mm, downwards 29mm and sideways 7mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 35mm rearwards. The width of the driver's doorway shortened by 30mm. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash all doors could be opened with normal effort. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column components were a potential source of injury for the driver's knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4pts, chest 4pts, abdomen 4pts, pelvis 4pts. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags and scored four points for the head in the side impact test. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


6.76 points out of 36. Child head impacts 2.36pts; Adult head impacts 4.29pts; Upper leg 0.11pts and lower leg impacts nil pts.