SAAB 9-3 2007 vs Ford Focus 2005

SAAB 9-3
2007 - 2010
Ford Focus
2005 - 2008
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 2.0 Petrol2.0 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming chain


Power: 175 HP145 HP
Torque: 265 NM185 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.8 seconds9.4 seconds
SAAB 9-3 is more dynamic to drive.
SAAB 9-3 engine produces 30 HP more power than Ford Focus, whereas torque is 80 NM more than Ford Focus. Thanks to more power SAAB 9-3 reaches 100 km/h speed 0.6 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 8.37.1
Real fuel consumption: 9.0 l/100km8.2 l/100km
The Ford Focus is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification SAAB 9-3 consumes 1.2 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Ford Focus, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the SAAB 9-3 could require 180 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, SAAB 9-3 consumes 0.8 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Ford Focus.
Fuel tank capacity: 58 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 690 km in combined cycle770 km in combined cycle
640 km with real consumption670 km with real consumption
Ford Focus gets more mileage on one fuel tank.


Average engine lifespan: 400'000 km470'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Ford Focus engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 10 years8 years
Engine spread: Used only for this carInstalled on at least 2 other car models, including Ford Mondeo, Ford C-Max
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Ford Focus might be a better choice in this respect.
Hydraulic tappets: yesno
The SAAB 9-3 engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.67 m4.47 m
Width: 1.76 m1.84 m
Height: 1.50 m1.45 m
SAAB 9-3 is 20 cm longer than the Ford Focus, 8 cm narrower, while the height of SAAB 9-3 is 5 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 419 litres482 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
no data1525 litres
Ford Focus has more luggage space.
Despite its longer length, SAAB 9-3 has 63 litres less trunk space than the Ford Focus. This could mean that the SAAB 9-3 uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable.
Turning diameter: 10.8 meters10.4 meters
The turning circle of the SAAB 9-3 is 0.4 metres more than that of the Ford Focus, which means SAAB 9-3 can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`6001`895
Safety: no datano data

SAAB 9-3 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Ford Focus has serious deffects in 20 percent more cases than SAAB 9-3, so SAAB 9-3 quality is probably better
Average price (€): 26001400
Rating in user reviews: 9.5/10 7.9/10
Pros and Cons: SAAB 9-3 has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • fewer faults
  • higher ratings in user reviews
Ford Focus has
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • lower price
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