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Our fleet Saab 9-3 Sportwagon 1.9 TTiD SESaab rewards despite foiblesBy Stephen BriersSince Saab was separated from General Motors, the company has priced its models to compete squarely against the mass market segment.But it persists with the little idiosyncrasies that make a Saab: ignition in the centre console between the front seats, cup holder which shoots out from the central dash, flipping open in a feat of design flamboyance to create the holder, curved handbrake that forms part of a central arch seemingly designed to pinch lazy thumbs.However, it also includes some foibles which detract from the experience. The sat-nav/enter-tainment system takes a full 25 seconds from start-up to 'spring' into life. It's a £1,199 dealer fit accessory which is cheaper than the £2k-plus factory-fit option - but its tardiness is frustrating, particularly when wishing to tap in a location, and it refuses to stay on my preferred zoom setting. Give me a £150 TomTom any day.Saab has also sacrificed rear space in favour of boot space. It's not cramped, per se, there's just less room to stretch out.It does mean a reasonably sizeable boot - 477 litres seats up; 1,287 litres seats down - although this compares poorly against rivals, primarily because the Sportwagon design is based on the ageing 2002 saloon. Insignia (540/1,530), Mondeo (537/1,728) and Passat (603/1,731) are much newer models.The excellent twin-turbo 1.9-litre TDI engine offers potent straight-line speed, although the official fuel consumption figures of 62.8mpg are well out of my reach. We've struggled to get much above high-40s.Yet despite all the niggles, there is something rather appealing about this car. Saab has always been a little 'je ne sais quoi', tugging at the heart strings more than the head, and this 9-3 estate doesn't disappoint. If you can live with the foibles, it remains a rewarding family car.FactfileCost P11D price £24,759BIK tax band 13%Class 1A NIC £444Annual VED From £30RV £5,300Running cost 38.29ppmCurrent mileage 3265Test mpg 48.0SpecificationEngine (cc) 1,910ccPower (bhp/rpm) 180/4,000Torque (lb/ft) 295/1,800CO2 119Official mpg 62.8Max speed (mph) 1400-60 (sec) 8.3* Running cost data supplied by KeeResources (4yr/80k)