Saab 9-3 safety ratings

Oct 2003 - Jan 2005 (dual front + side + head airbags)

About the test vehicles

2 Litre
Kerb weight:
1440 kg
Vehicles built:
Dual front + side + head airbags

ANCAP safety

Good score:  32.54 out of 37

The Saab 9-3 Convertible scored 12.54 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.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4pts, chest 2.43pts, upper legs 3pts, lower legs 3.11pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 103mm and upwards 38mm. The steering wheel hub moved rearwards 54mm, upwards 7mm and sideways 17mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 19mm rearwards. The width of the driver's doorway shortened by 11mm. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash both 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 4.29pts; Adult head impacts 2.36pts; Upper leg 0.11pts and lower leg impacts zero pts. Pedestrian scores are based on tests of the 9-3 sedan.