Back on a stage after a brief stop in a pattern studio, a 2019 Buick Envision now flexes a few extraneous styling cues that move it some-more in line with a brand’s stream pattern ethos. As a bonus, Premium trim models exaggerate additional torque from their turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine. Although horsepower stays put during 252, torque increases 35 lb-ft to 295, and a new nine-speed involuntary smoothness has transposed a prior six-speed unit. (The Envision’s bottom naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4 still pairs with a six-speed.) Within a white-hot compress crossover segment, these amiable adjustments supplement a lurch of much-needed chutzpah to a Buick’s rather introverted personality.
The Envision’s elementary and pointed pattern tweaks make for an effective cosmetic update. It’s still a bit exhausted to demeanour at, though a plane wing total to a grille plays adult a patrimonial resemblance, and a whole lineup gains new head- and taillamps, including LED elements for Envision Premium and Premium II models. All-wheel expostulate is customary with a turbocharged 2.0-liter powertrain, and a twin-clutch setup creates a many of a accessible energy by actively changeable torque between a front and back axles as needed, as good as between a left and right back wheels. A some-more compulsory all-wheel-drive complement is a $3255 choice on obtuse front-drive models with a 197-hp 2.5-liter inline-four.
Our Premium II exam car represents a tip tier of a lineup, and as such it wears an desirous $44,795 bottom cost (the entry-level 1SV indication starts during $33,190). For that amount, a Premium II includes leather upholstery, exhilarated and cooled front seats, exhilarated outboard back seats, three-zone meridian control, an 8.0-inch core touchscreen, and a Bose audio complement with navigation. Our instance tacked on a $1545 Driver Confidence package (adaptive journey control, front programmed puncture braking, and a surround-view camera), a $1495 breathtaking sunroof, $210 all-season building mats, and a cloak of Chili Red lead paint for $395. The full sheet came to a poignant $48,440, an seeking cost that puts it in joining with some-more lush players such as the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, and the Volvo XC60, all of that competition distant some-more appealing and wealthy interiors than a Envision.
Torque Is a Virtue
There’s no denying a gutsy celebrity of a Buick’s updated turbocharged engine, what with a exam vehicle’s 6.6-second zero-to-60-mph run, that is a half-second quicker than a bid we available for a 2017 Buick Envision that interconnected a 2.0-liter with a prior six-speed transmission. The empty note underneath complicated stifle is distant from symphonic though scarcely wordless when operated casually. Still, a Buick struggles to lift a pulse, deliberation that identical vehicles such as a Audi Q5 can customarily rip off a 5.8-second run to 60 mph. What a Envision’s powertrain does provide, however, is linear energy smoothness and smooth, scarcely inaudible shifts. However, there is no competition mode, nor are there paddle shifters, and primer shifts can be managed usually by a awkward +/- toggle on a console rigging lever. Despite a 2019 indication carrying a same 22-mpg EPA total fuel-economy guess as before, a 18 mpg we averaged with a new Envision is 2 mpg worse than we available for a 2017 model. The 25 mpg we totalled in a 75-mph highway fuel-economy exam matches a EPA’s highway estimate.
Riding on a movable suspension, a Envision is a decent foil for a stresses of a daily commute, usually frequency permitting oppressive impacts to invade a newcomer compartment. The steering movement is approach and comparatively precise, though it shares no secrets from a tires’ hit patches, and pulling a Buick tough formula in predicted understeer during a cornering limits. Our exam car erased 70 mph in a neat 162 feet, only 3 feet longer than a 2017 chronicle managed. For comparison, a Audi Q5 compulsory a identical 161 feet to stop in a testing, though a 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i indispensable a extremely longer 175 feet. The Buick’s stop pedal is agreeably organisation as well, interjection in partial to a new single-rate stop upholder that is pronounced to offer some-more clamping force with reduction pedal travel.
With a medium nonetheless suggestive updates, a China-built 2019 Buick Envision adheres to a classical Buick beliefs of indifferent styling, a still interior, and reasonable opening and fuel efficiency. It won’t humour or excite as good as some of a some-more upscale competitors that it can overlie on price. But uncover some patience on a options list, and a Envision can prove those looking to fly underneath a radar with a bit some-more category than a compact-crossover norm.
2019 Buick Envision Premium II AWD
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$48,440 (base price: $44,795)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum retard and head, approach fuel injection
122 cu in, 1998 cc
252 hp @ 5500 rpm
295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
9-speed involuntary with primer changeable mode
Brakes (F/R): 12.6-in vented disc/12.4 disc
Tires: Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2, 235/50R-19 99H TPC SPEC 1451 MS M+S
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
Length: 183.7 in
Width: 72.4 in
Height: 66.8 in
Passenger volume: 101 cu ft
Cargo volume: 27 cu ft
Curb weight: 4098 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 6.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.8 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 40.4 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.5 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.1 sec @ 93 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 132 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 162 ft
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 18 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 25 mpg
Highway range: 430 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 22/20/25 mpg