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Ingolstadt Vs Trollhattan™

(Text&Photos: Abel Tan) The practical aspect of owning a station wagon has often been a ‘safe’ choice and one that perhaps leaves much more to be desired in terms of driver involvement and style.

The two blood thirsty wagons we have here are represented from the German camp of Ingolstadt and the Swedish Fort of Trollhattan. The headquarters of Audi and SAAB respectively.

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Both grocery getters are have forced induction at their disposal to aid in delivering neck twisting torque on demand and will give plenty of cars a lesson or two not only in outright thrust but also around the bends (especially in the Audi S4 quattro with its Sport Differential).

The designs of them both follow their respective country’s traits with the Audi S4 Avant preferring the cleaner Bauhaus lines that evoke that sense of sharp, characterful lines that traces back its lineage back to Audi’s Avant heritage.

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SAAB on the other hand has its Scandinavian infused design traits that ensures that it will never be mistaken for any other car out on the road. Its unique jet fighter inspired intakes, streamlined profile and exhaust tips that reminds one of a Jet exhaust serves as a reminder to the driver of the aviation inspired roots.

Audi S4 Avant sports a lovely set of MTM rims that exalts a nice OEM +1 fitment and presence befitting of a gentleman’s sensible performance wagon. The rest of the car looks great as it is and purposeful as what the factory intended it to be

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The SAAB 9-3 Sportscombi with its Turbo X inspired Exterior has the complete set with the Saab unique 3 spoke 19 inch wheelset, HIRSCH Sport Springs, HIRSCH Aero Roof Spoiler, HIRSCH Steering wheel, Turbo X front Aero lip, Turbo X Diffuser, Turbo X Muflers

Above all else, these two estates are a great reminder how a well thought out, sensible and performance oriented estate is all one needs. It is more than a practical decision, it is an individual choice, a path less travelled but one that definitely makes a statement that you are never a follower, but one that dares to take a bold step to pursue that unique identity that an estate gives.

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Long live the Avant/SportCombi (Audi & Saab Speak for Stationwagons). Both of them truly look as good, or i dare say, even BETTER than their saloon brothers…

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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

5 Comments

  • As the owner of an Audi Allroad and a Saab Aero convertible, all I can say is that Saab wagon is ‘da bomb!!!

  • Looks wise, no contest.
    The Audi body is nice, but that facelift Aero wagon is a killer inside and out..

  • Saab’s style is unbeatable and still looks fresh in 2024. Glad I’ve owned one of them. Lovely cars!

  • I’m sorry but why would you even compare them the Audi is so bland even the red doesn’t pop as good as the Saab😅 and I mean look at how stunning a car that 93 is it’s got to be one of the sicked looking estates about hands down

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