Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Saab 9-3 1999

. , 5 door hatch

Test Date: Mar 2000

Saab 9-3 crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
8 (50.0%)
18 (100.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 1 Star
Pedestrian-test score 4 (11.0%)

Compare with other cars in the Large Family Car category

The 9-3 performed better than the model it replaced, the 900, previously tested by Euro NCAP. But the 9-3's frontal-impact performance was disappointing. The driver and passenger both suffered high chest loads and the passenger cell started to fail along the roof and upper door load paths. The knee-impact areas were very stiff because the knee bolster has been designed to cope with unbelted occupants. The good news, though, is that the child restraints were the best-performing that Euro NCAP has seen. They lost no points in the tests. Similarly, the side impact-performance could not be faulted.

Driver head - Adequate
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Poor
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Adequate Driver left femur - Marginal
Driver right lower leg - Marginal Driver left lower leg - Marginal
Driver right foot - Adequate Driver left foot - Adequate
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Weak
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good, Pole test - Pass
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor