Buicks contender in the Subcompact Crossover segment

Buick’s contender in the Subcompact Crossover segment

Overview

Buick is not just a name in the US. It’s actually a sentiment of the people of US. To capitalize on this, they needed a vehicle which can sit perfectly in between the smaller Encore and the big, three-row Enclave. Then they imported a vehicle from China and gave it a name – Envision. This car will help Detroit car maker to bridge the gap between the two and will cater the immense demand for a crossover.

Driving and Performance

This crossover comes with 2 engine options. Lower variants like Base, preferred & essence comes with 2.5-liter inline four with 197hp & 192lb-ft and higher variants like premium & Premium II contains 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four with 252hp & 260lb-ft. Both the engines are mated to a six-speed automatic across variants.

The review says 2018 buick envision delivers a class-leading fuel economy rated at 22 mpg in city & 29mpg on highways. The later ones are more engaging to drive as the engine is peppy with minimal turbo-lag. But then the fuel economy slashes to 20mpg & 26mpg.

The sort of expectation peoples has with the crossovers is that they must pamper them during the drive & Envision feels like doing this. It doesn’t entertain you while driving but will keep you feel cozy.

Exterior

This Buick is definitely not a head turner but it looks nice with its glossy waterfall grille, lifted-wagon look. All credit to the designers to give it a simple & attractive look. The tailgate gets a smaller chrome strip, updated lower bumpers, reshaped taillights & standard power tailgate that has adjustable lift height and hands-free operation are some of the updates from the previous model.

Interior

Buick has always been known for the brand which incorporates technology into their cars. This is nearly evident in the interior. Most of the high-tech features are practical and easy to operate but the interior doesn’t feel as premium as in the similarly prices Audi’s or BMW’s.

Centre console boasts an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple car play and Android Auto but then, the prices increase rapidly as you add on the options. Active noise cancellation features help to keep the outside distortions at minimal but it is not the quietest cabin in the class.

Front seats are quite comfortable and come with heated front seats as standard. Upgrade the variants and you will get all seats as heated. Both the front seats are 8-way power adjustable with lumbar adjustment.

Envision is little narrow in regards to its competition which subtracts that little extra rear roominess for the 5th passenger. It’s not claustrophobic but feels little worse with the high roofline and optional panoramic moonroof.

Safety

“Good crash-test scores elevate the Envision, but you’ll have to spend big money to get the best safety tech.” – Thecarconnection.com, 2018 Buick Envision review.

Buick has scored significantly well in the crash test with a host of safety equipment. With the additional package i.e. Driver confidence, this is the top safety pick from IIHS. Some of the safety features across variants are rearview camera, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, 10 airbags, Rear cross traffic alert.

But the top of the line safety features, like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera system is reserved for the top variant, whereas they’re grouped in the optional Driver Confidence Package, which is not a good thing to do especially at the time when other manufacturers are democratizing these things.

Final Verdict

Buick has three SUVs in the lineup — the Enclave, Envision, and Encore & the average new car shopper don’t know that Buick has three SUVs. Surprisingly, prices for the 2019 Buick Envision went down a little bit as the base model starting at about $34,000 when you include the $995 destination charge.

But a loaded Premium II will come in about $48,000 & at this price, crossover buyers have many choices, and we imagine many will end up selecting more exciting vehicles, but for those who prefer to live life at a more relaxed pace, the Envision is an accommodating covering from the slogs of the road.

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