Buick Encore: Budget luxury in a cute little package
Buick Encore is the subcompact SUV car which is ranked at number 2 in its category. Based on the 38 different tests, the car is rated at 8.2 out of 10. The car features one of the nicest interiors and a quiet cabin with a number of standard features making them available for all the users irrespective of the model.
However, the performance of the car has not impressed the reviewers or the users but they have been quite happy with the agile handling and the luxury offered by the crossover SUV. Buick Encore has not gained much popularity in all the markets across the world but holds the potential to soon become number 1 crossover SUV.
The cabin is filled with a number of standard features. Unlike other SUVs which have limited standard features, Buick Encore offers a list of standard features in all the trims thus, making them accessible to the customers irrespective of the model they buy.
The infotainment system might not be up-to-date considering the price tag but it is quite user-friendly and reachable. The car also offers agile handling to the driver. Even though the acceleration is weak, the steering and driving in the tight turns are easy.
Talking about the cons, they are the coproducts of the price tag. The base engine is quite underpowered. It weakens the acceleration and thus, the speed of the car is not as expected.
Even though the price is low, it is still at a higher stand than most of the rivals in this category. There are various changes made in the models. The trims have been reshuffled for the 2018 launch of the car.
The car can easily fit 5 people in the cabin. Encore features seats with full cloth upholstery. The front seats are high and comfortable which also give the drivers good visibility. The headroom for the rear passengers is enough to offer a comfortable ride.
Talking about the child seats, the rear-room is not enough. The front seats have to be moved up to fit the child seat properly. This reduces the space for front-seat passengers. The plastics used in the interiors are of high-quality and the materials have a soft-touch and feel.
However, the buttons on the dashboard give a slightly outdated look. The cabin is quiet even on the highways when the car is running at a high speed.
Talking about the reviews of 2018 Buick Encore, features include 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot, IntelliLink Infotainment system, 8-inch touchscreen display, two USB ports, a Bluetooth system. The upgrade also includes the seven-speaker system by Bose, myBuick app which offers added accessibility.
The car comes with the 1.4L turbocharged engine which is rated at 138 horsepower. This is the most basic version of the Buick Encore. However, if you upgrade the car to the trim level of Sports Touring or the Essence level, the engine will be available at 153 horsepower. The engines, irrespective of the trim come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The engines are not that powerful but the higher the trim, the better the acceleration. Although, the engine is not sluggish and the response is quite quick. The front-wheel-drive Encore offers a mileage of 26 mpg. The rivals have a better fuel economy and a better engine in the chest too. The small size of the car offers easy driveability and agile handling. It is good in the tight turns and provides a cushioned ride throughout.
The car has not undergone the crash test to prove the reliability in those situations. However, the active safety features have been reviewed and tested by the experts and the car has been given the rating of 4 out 5 stars. Talking about the active safety features, the car has the driver side airbag, passenger side airbag, front head airbag, rear head airbag, and the front side occupant airbag.
Besides the airbags, the car also has other active safety features. These safety features include 4-wheel ABS, 4-wheel disc brakes system, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, child safety locks, integrated turn signals with the mirrors, and the traction control while driving.