2008 Saab Turbo X SportCombi

I agree with Marc: on paper, this is a great car ... a Swedish rally car in the vein of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the Subaru Impreza WRX. But from behind the wheel, the Turbo X is too soggy to provide the satisfaction that's required of an all-wheel-drive, stick-shift, slick-looking wagon with a high-strung turbo - especially for more than $40K.

The manual gearbox is imprecise and rubbery and the Turbo X is geared strangely, too: Second gear feels as tall as third in most cars, so you've got to stay in first longer than usual.

In black, the Turbo X looks tough yet nicely tailored, although I'm personally not a big fan of the gray, three-spoke wheels.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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