New Buick Regal Has Some Tricks Up Its Sleeve, Says Consumer Reports

The Buick Regal is America’s very own Opel Insignia with different badges. It’s currently in its fifth generation, as is its European model, if we were to count the Vectra iterations.

Its future, however, is very uncertain, after GM sold Opel to PSA. But until having to consider its successor, Buick wants to impress new car buyers with the latest one.

Well, ‘impress’ may not be the best word used to describe it. Nevertheless, it’s quite the looker, has a practical boot with a tailgate that allows users to haul large cargo, and it’s packed with the latest technology.

Smartphone integration is part of the offering, along with the 8-inch infotainment system. There are lots of physical buttons laying around, so this makes it easier to access different functions while driving.

The seats are supportive and comfortable, there’s sufficient legroom and headroom on the rear bench and the overall build quality of the car feels solid, Consumer Reports says.

The new Buick Regal is quite confident in corners too while it has a balanced steering and suspension that absorbs most bumps, along with a quiet cabin.

As expected, though, it’s not flawless, because it does have some visibility problems and it’s not too exciting to drive with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, rated at 250hp. Luckily, the automaker offers a V6 unit, too, but get ready to spend more to enjoy its 310hp.

There’s an estate version of the Buick Regal, too. Called TourX, it starts from $29,070, or over $4,000 more than the base Sportback.

Playing around with the online configurator reveals that the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback GS, with AWD, can cost in excess of $46,000, which puts it in BMW 3-Series territory as 330i starts from $40,250 and the 340i from $48,950.

 

  • Iberian Rekluse

    Best looking car model GM has introduced in quite a while.

    • ProtectOurHeritage

      That’s not really difficult though is it? Especially when you can compare it to the likes to the Volt!

    • emjayay

      The best looking sedan in its class, and the old one was too. Blame Opel.

  • lagunas3ca

    This vehicle’s inside visibility is exceptional and you woulld be surprised how fast that turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is, especially in AWD. If you want to know the biggest and only flaw, it’s the seat belt. Like most GM vehicles, it does not auto-adjust at the waist and you have to pull on the shoulder strap.

    • Dr Bjorn Von Strangefingger

      Ummm… that doesn’t really sound like a flaw.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    A reasonable offering from General Motors, but not that great when compared to against similar-sized European rivals.

    • emjayay

      Which we don’t get any of in the US unless you count luxury class cars.

      • ProtectOurHeritage

        Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Jaguar XE, Mercedes C-Class, Volvo S60, Volkswagen Passat are classed as luxury? Wow!

        • Dr Bjorn Von Strangefingger

          I’d take this Buick over all those options anyday.

          • Kevin Cagle

            The buick regal T was one of the few vehicles I cross-shopped before purchasing my VW CC. At the time, three years ago, the regal was slushy, the throw on the shifter felt like rowing a boat or driving a manual pickup. It was sportish, but not sporty. Granted the CC is slushy too, but compared to the ’16 Regal it was far better. I have been very pleased by the decision. And based on this article seems like they are finally addressing some of that slushiness.

          • ProtectOurHeritage

            Nice to see you’re patriotic over badge-engineered cars.

    • Dr Bjorn Von Strangefingger

      Similar sized? Ummm… ok. How about similarly priced??

  • Merc1

    Overpriced.

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