With more and more small luxury vehicles hitting the markets in the last 4-5 years it no surprise that GM rolled out their most competitive entry in this segment, the Buick Encore. The 2019 Buick Encore available at Temecula Buick GMC dealer is one of the smallest luxury crossover SUVs from Buick that’s just 168.41” in length with just about 48.4 cu-ft of cargo space but comfortably seats up to 5 and offers plenty of headroom and legroom for all. We take a quick overview of what the Encore has to offer as a sleek compact SUV.
From the outside, the Encore looks more like a big hatchback with an athletic stance that’s ready and set to go on the first shot. It comes in four exciting trim levels, the Encore and the Preferred with some amazing specs, the Sport Touring which adds 18-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels, a rear integrated sport spoiler, and fog lamps. The Essence takes everything a level higher and adds 18-inch 10-spoke aluminum wheels with Technical Grey finish for that upmarket look. The available power moonroof gives enchanting views and the front fascia features signature Buick daytime running lamps. The sport exhaust tip on the rear goes well with the athletic looks.
The spacious interiors of the Buick Encore are well formed sophisticated and purposeful apart from being luxurious. The Essence especially comes with leather seats that can be upgraded to Brandy, Leather-appointed seat trim and heating, leather wrapped steering wheel, a 120 Volt power outlet, power 6-way driver and front passenger seats with driver seat memory, dual-zone automatic climate control and an inside rearview auto dimming mirror. Some amazing convenience and safety features such as the letter wrapped steering with mounted controls, rear vision camera, a 4.2″ diagonal color Driver Information Center with driver personalization, 4G LTE Wifi Hotspot capability, a 6-speaker system and an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen are standard.
Engine, Transmission & Drivetrain
The Buick Encore comes with the FWD for all trims and the AWD limited to the upper Preferred, Sport Touring and Essence trims. All the trims come with the standard 1.4L DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Sport Touring and Essence have the choice of an available 1.4L SIDI Turbo engine with Start-Stop Technology. The 1.4L DOHC engine gives 138 horsepower and 148lb-ft of torque, whereas the 1.4L SIDI variant gives a higher 153 horsepower and 177lb-ft of torque. All variants come standard with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission and anStabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System.
Standard across all the trims is the 10-airbags system that include front, knee, seat-mounted side-impact and roof-rail airbags for all round protection. 4-wheel antilock disc brakes prevent wheel locking and help maintain the vehicle stability during sudden braking, electronic stability control with traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system. We learnt at the Temecula Buick GMC that the Rear Cross Traffic Alert system and Side Blind Zone Alert is standard only on the Essence and available for some extra on other trims.