SERVICED & INSPECTED.....NO ACCIDENTS REPORTED!!*** QUALIFIED VEHICLES COME WITH A COMPLIMENTARY WARRANTY INCLUDED ***The 9-2X is fun to drive not a blast nor as much fun as the Saab 9-3 but fun nonetheless. The steering wheel is the right thickness and size. Response to inputs is good if a bit over-assisted at speed in the Aero. The automatic transmission's upshifts are subtle but it could hold lower gears longer on grades both going uphill and downhill. The five-speed manual would allow better use of the Linear's power although oddly the EPA-estimated miles per gallon for city driving is actually 1 mpg less with the manual. The Aero's turbocharger doesn't kick in until around 3000 rpm and then with a surge albeit an easily manageable one thanks to the all-wheel drive a first for Saab and unchanged from the WRX. The manual transmission's gear ratios are spaced well for the most part but there's enough of a jump between fourth and fifth that the lower gear is better for most circumstances reserving fifth for steady-state interstate cruising. Shifts are clean and certain. Clutch take-up is smooth. Both models feel firmly planted at speeds into low triple-digit figures but the Aero is the more confident at high speeds and when pushed on winding roads. This is a credit to its tauter suspension tuning and more aggressive tires. Also the Aero's abundant drivetrain sounds (gear whine engine intake and the like) are a mixed blessing; some drivers will find it entertaining while others may consider it an irritant. Brakes perform well with solid feel and no noticeable fade after many miles of rapid motoring through southern California foothills. More road noise than expected in a Saab penetrated the cabin on both models and the Aero's tires set up a thrumming sound on some surfaces. The moonroof created some wind noise although minimal buffeting when open. And the air conditioning strains in very hot climates. Even in temperate zones it regularly shifts to re-circulation mode to keep the cabin cooled to comfortable temperatures. SummaryAll-wheel drive in a Saab is new. A turbocharged engine isn't. The two combined make a tempting package. But Saab says the 9-2X will be short lived that it's really just a placeholder in the highly competitive premium sport compact market so the company won't be left behind while it works on a true Saab entry developed and designed front to rear top to bottom and inside and out in house. The 9-2X is not that. It's neither a Saab nor a Subaru but an uncomfortable almost forced compromise more of a softened re-badged WRX than a tidier sporty Saab. Visit AMG Auto Sales online at amgautosales.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 919-779-3278 today to schedule your test drive.