A Fresh Look at the 2018 Regal Sportback
Many are touting the European look and feel of the U.S. branded Buick Regal Sportback. And while it may be undeniably founded in its American roots, this luxury four-door coupe has all the makings of a luxury German vehicle. Which makes sense once you realize that the 6th generation Regal automobile was produced in Rüsselsheim, Germany, heavily influencing the design decisions that went into the making of the new hatchback.
Unlike the Buicks we’ve seen in the past, the new 2018 Regal Sportback offers the same efficiency and flexibility of many popular hatchbacks and has even been likened to well-known European brands such as the Audi A4/A5 Sportback, the BMW 4 Series, and the now-defunct Volkswagen CC.
What those of us here at Arnie Bauer know is that Regal enthusiasts can now expect 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space – more than half of what was offered by the outgoing model, a wheelbase that sits 3 inches longer than before and optional all-wheel drive capable of 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. More inches per cubic feet also means more arm room, headroom and legroom.
On the outside, the all-new Sportback offers satin accents, dual exhaust, sculpted LED signature headlights, 17”/ available 18” 5-spoke aluminum wheels, available 19” aluminum wheels and optional power moonroof.
On the inside, you’ll find a sporty premium leather seating with French seams and contrasting stitching, an 8-way power driver seat, 60/40 or available 40/20/40 split folding rear seat configurations, Buick’s QuietTuning technology with acoustic laminated glass and triple door sealing, and suspension tuning to seal off noise from outside.
Because of its convenient sportback rear opening, the Regal provides easy access to a much larger cargo space that is missing from sedans in its class.
This new Buick also holds its own by way of performance. The turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. If that’s not enough power for you, try the 2018 Regal GS – a powerfully sporty V6, capable of 310 horsepower, 282 lb-ft of torque and standard all-wheel drive.
The 2018 Regal Sportback is being offered in four different trim levels: Regal 1SV, Preferred, Preferred II and Essence.
Even with better performance and greater utility, drivers should expect the same quiet comfort that has always defined the Buick nameplate.