Just took a spin in the new Saab 9-3 BioPower and - until the fuel light came on - I was busy being impressed. The 9-3-ey bits of the experience were painless enough; the recent facelift has dramatically improved the once crappy interior, muddled switchgear and garish instrument display. It drives pretty well too, apart from a leaden edge to the ride quality. Apart from the daft-looking frontal treatment - those heavy rimmed "glasses" are strongly reminiscent of Dame Edna - I quite liked it.
The problem came when it was time to fill up. Saab is making big play of its ethanol-fuelled "Biopower" range's planet-saving credentials: the corporate website is plastered with puff and praise for it.
There's just one problem: for something like 95 percent of the population bioethanol is a complete and utter non-option at present, Saab's website confessing that only 16 filling stations in the UK are currently capable of supplying it - most of which are clustered in Somerset and East Anglia.