1996 Volvo 960 Exterior & Interior

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1996 Volvo 960

1996 Volvo 960 Review

So good that Volvo#39;s willing to bet on it.



The 960 wagon retains its sober Scandinavian heritage and still looks a bit boxy despite the more aerodynamic contours sculpted into the new sheet metal. It#39;s a very traditional design that#39;s driven by passenger considerations like plentiful headroom. Added were new front fenders and hood as well as flush headlights and integrated fog lights.

It#39;s no secret that the traditional station wagon look isn#39;t exactly de rigeur at the moment, thanks to the boom in minivan and sport-utility sales, but we found the 960#39;s functional, roomy design appealing nonetheless.

Daytime running lights are standard equipment, as are front and rear fog lights along with a passel of amenities including a washer/wiper for the headlamps, heated power outside mirrors and a power glass sunroof with a sunshade and tilt/slide feature. A remote entry system with alarm is standard and new for #39;96 is a 2-step power door lock system that opens the driver#39;s door first, followed by the other doors, the liftgate (or trunk) and the fuel filler door.

The 960 is powered by a 2.9-liter dual overhead camshaft 24-valve inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, the only powertrain offered. Last year, the engine was tweaked to produce more of its power lower in the rpm range, to improve acceleration and passing performance, a preference of American drivers.

Both the sedan and wagon have an EPA estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city/25 highway. That#39;s not bad, but we also found that our test car was able to improve a bit on both numbers.

Although these are big cars within, their exterior dimensions are tidier than a good many of their large car competitors. The sedan and wagon share the same wheelbase and overall length, though the wagon is a little taller and weighs about a hundred pounds more. However, both versions of the 960 are relatively svelte in the weight department compared to most cars in the luxury class.

Interior Features

Within its tastefully familiar–and nicely finished–exterior, the 960 shelters an interior that#39;s as warm, gracious and comfortable as an upscale Scandinavian home. It#39;s truly easy to enter this luxury cabin, where you#39;d find a squarish dashboard inlaid with rich walnut panels, a thoughtful control layout and good driver sightlines all around.

The nicely-contoured seats–always a strong point with Volvos–have tailored leather surfaces, and the steering wheel is also leather-wrapped. Other standard comfort/convenience features include automatic climate control, power everything, a premium AM/FM/CD/cassette sound system, power front seats with 8-way adjustability and a memory feature, cruise control and–yes!–cupholders.

Safety features? Of course. This is a Volvo.

In addition to the front and side airbags, the 960#39;s seatbelts feature adjustable upper anchors with lockable inertia reels, an integrated child safety seat–standard on the wagon, optional on the sedan–and child safety rear door locks.

Although this is a thoroughly equipped vehicle as is, there are five different option packages available, ranging from $395 to $1485. You can also delete the leather upholstery and walnut trim if you choose. Our test vehicle had everything you can add to a 960.

We particularly appreciated the $485 Cold Weather Package, which includes heated front seats and an outside temperature gauge.

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