Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Saab 9-3 2003

. , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Nov 2002

Saab 9-3 crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
13 (81.0%)
18 (100.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 1 Star
Pedestrian-test score 7 (19.0%)

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The Saab 9-3 has been carefully designed with many innovative safety features. The cabin around the occupants, including the children, remains intact with good restraint systems that kept them away from harmful objects, although the driver's chest was subjected to fairly high loads. The knee impact area was not totally clear but the only real hazard was directly under the steering column. There were no safety issues with the side impact performance including the pole test. Pedestrian protection unfortunately was poor although the centre of the bonnet proved to be friendly towards pedestrian heads but this was stiff elsewhere. The 9-3 has an intelligent seat belt reminder system for both the driver and front seat passenger with a particularly clear way of informing occupants that they need to buckle-up.

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Marginal
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Adequate Driver left femur - Adequate
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate 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

rating applies to new 9-3