1998 Volvo V90

  • 1998 Volvo V90 Base Wagon

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1998 Volvo V90 Review

Perfect for the conservative buyer wanting some flare.

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The 1998 Volvo V90 is a midsized car that belongs to the 900 Series, which has been manufactured by the Swedish car manufacturer since 1990. The 900 Series was introduced as a replacement for the 700 Series, from which it has been derived. The V90 was initially known as the 960, and it was rebranded in North America from late 1996 from the 1997 model year onwards. The rebranding applied to other markets as well and was done so that the car’s name matched the letter-number naming scheme that was introduced in other models. The V90 stands for the wagon model, while the S90 stands for the sedan model.

The Range

Body Styles: station wagon
Engines: 2.9-liter I-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Volvo V90

What's New

The 1998 Volvo V90 remains unchanged for this model year, except for a revised center console and softer suspension.


The 1998 Volvo V90 received its last facelift in 1994, when it got a more aerodynamic grille than previous models as well as body colored panels. The wagon was a length of 191.4 inches, a wheelbase of 109.inches. It has a width of 69.3 inches and a total height of 57.6 inches.

The 1998 Volvo V90 uses an attractive, refined styling with clean lines that cut wind drag. The wagon does not really have a unique design, but its creased sheet metal helps in making it stand out among other wagons that look similar to each other.


The 1998 Volvo V90 has the full list of standard equipment, including leather upholstery, power sunroof, automatic climate control, and dual power seats up front. Other standard items include a premium sound system, and a number of power accouterments.

Inside the 1998 Volvo V90, space is not a problem at all. All the seats offer a decent amount of headroom and legroom for the average adult. Shoulder width is also quite good inside the V90, considering its dimensions. The dashboard has all the controls labeled clearly and in a well-planned layout. All of these controls are easily accessible for the driver. Overall, the quality of the V90’s interior keeps up with the high standards of a Volvo.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Volvo V90 is only available with one engine: a 2.9-liter double overhead-cam straight-six engine that delivers 201 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission; there is no manual transmission option available.

The 1998 Volvo V90's straight-six engine is quite smooth, considering the other engines that have powered previous versions of the wagon and sedan versions. It gives the wagon enough power for brisk takeoffs from standstill and spirited passing acceleration.

The 1998 Volvo V90's six-cylinder engine also produced a very aggressive but sport tone when it is pushed hard or when the wagon is cruising comfortably. Fuel economy is just about average. On a downside, the wagon suffers from excessive wind noise at high speeds, and the stiffer tires added from 1995 created unwanted road noise and vibration over rough roads.


The 1998 Volvo V90 delivers some of the best safety features, including an integrated child safety seat as standard and side-impact airbags, among others. The wagon gets a four-star rating out of a possible five stars for driver and passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo V90: 17/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good acceleration
  • Great ride and handling
  • Smooth engine
  • Good interior quality
  • Lots of passenger and cargo room

You Won't Like

  • Loud wind and road noise
  • Aging exterior design
  • Some oddly-placed controls

Sum Up

Perfect for the conservative buyer wanting some flare.

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