We are living in the era of SUV’s and crossovers. And how would a legendary automobile manufacturer like Buick escape this reality? And especially in the red-hot compact SUV segment? With the “new” Buick Envision, the compact-sized, model fitting between the subcompact Encore and the full-sized Enclave, Buick can now claim that it offers a complete model range of SUV’s and crossovers. With this model produced in China, the country Buick owns its survival to, it will compete in the small luxury segment against the more established players such as Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC and even Cadillac XT5 from the same house
Our test vehicle had a 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, offered exclusively in Canada with all-wheel drive and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The twin-scroll unit delivers 260 pound-feet of torque, of which 90 per cent is available starting at 1,800 rpm, with the full load coming on-board from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm.
Type of vehicle: Compact SUV
Engine: 2.0L DOHC DI I4 Turbo/W/VVT
Transmission: 6-speed, automatic
Price (base/as tested): $49,565 / $55,530
Destination charge: CAD 1,700
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km): 11.8 city; 9.1 highway
Driver confidence package: $1,975 (adaptive cruise control, front automatic braking, surround vision)
Power Moonroof: $1,695
Midnight Amethyst Metallic: $495
Total Price as Tested: $55,530
Article: Varol McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, Basak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by Buick Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)
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