1996 Saab 9000

  • 1996 Saab 9000 Aero Hatchback

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  • 1996 Saab 9000 CSE Hatchback

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  • 1996 Saab 9000 CS Hatchback

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1996 Saab 9000 Review

Saab’s stab at the executive market.

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The 1996 Saab 9000 is an executive car manufactured by the Swedish automaker. It's based on the Type Four chassis, which was developed along with the Italian Fiat automobiles. In fact, Fiat also has a similar car in its lineup called the Chroma.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Saab 9000 CS, Saab 9000 CSE, Saab 9000 CSE V6, Saab 9000 Aero

What's New

The 1996 Saab 9000 is not available as a sedan anymore; only the hatchback body is available. The rear seat passengers have cup holders, and the CS gets new seat upholstery. The CS and CSE have new three-spoke alloy wheels. While the sedan has been dropped from the market, the V-6 engine is still available as an option for the CSE.


The 1996 Saab 9000 has not changed the exterior ever since its introduction in 1986. As a result, the car looks incredibly outdated, but the Swedish automaker prioritizes functionality over looks. It has a wheelbase of 105.2 inches and an overall length of 183.9 inches. The hatchback is 55.9 inches tall and 69.4 inches wide, which makes it one of the smaller executive cars in the market.


The 1996 Saab 9000 has abundant interior space despite the smaller exterior aesthetics. In fact, the size can be compared to that of larger executive cars. The instrument gauges are large, well arranged, and easy to read. The stereo system is quite good, but the controls themselves are a little too confusing due to the presence of small, unreadable buttons. The front seats offer lots of headroom and legroom. The rear seats are spacious, too.

The 1996 Saab 9000 provides good cargo space which can be boosted by folding down the rear seat. However, the folding mechanism itself is a little tricky because the headrests need to be removed and the bottom seat has to be adjusted beforehand. As in the case of any Saab, the power window buttons are located at the center of the car, and anyone not used to this arrangement may find it uncomfortable.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Saab 9000 is powered by three 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engines with varied power outputs. The first one is rated at 170 horsepower, while the second one is rated at 200 horsepower, and the third, at 225 horsepower. The CSE model gets an optional three-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 210 horsepower.

The 1996 Saab 9000's base straight-four engine is a tad underpowered, but the other two engines prove to be quite powerful. In fact, models with the 225-horsepower straight-four engine can be as powerful as a sports sedan. However, all three engines are quite noisy as compared to the more refined V-6 engine, which also offers brisk power and immediate acceleration, although it misses out on some of the snappiness present in the straight-fours.


The 1996 Saab 9000 doesn't have any available crash safety information.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saab 9000: 18/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Powerful engines except for the base four-cylinder
  • Agile and sharp steering/handling

You Won't Like

  • Outdated design
  • Noisy four-cylinder engine

Sum Up

Saab’s stab at the executive market.

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