The new 9-3 received 5 stars in the Euro NCAP tests.
http://www.euroncap.com/results.htm (see latest results)
Just don't get hit by one if you're walking across the street. (one star of possible 4)
I think that the Saab can give you all but the assurance of reliablity. The last 5 years of Saabs have been pretty good and their customer commitment is better than most manufacturers.