Although the Envision’s modest exterior won’t attract many attention, its serene cabin will make it a popular choice for passengers. The compact crossover is priced at a premium price, as Buick is a luxury brand bordering on luxury. Its comfortable interior and introverted exterior make it seem, well… stodgy. Its smooth ride quality, and unhurried driving style do not change that impression. All models have a well-equipped infotainment system that provides good fuel economy and features, although the more expensive versions are the most feature-rich. The 2020 Envision is a gentle car, but it won’t be able to liven up many hearts.
What’s new for 2020?
Buick has not made any major changes to the Envision for 2020. It does however lose the Galaxy Silver and Bronze Alloy colors, but it will be available in two new colors: Espresso and Moon Blue.
Buick keeps the most luxurious and desirable features for its Envision models at the top of its line, which can hurt its value proposition. We like the turbocharged engine’s faster acceleration and sophisticated all-wheel drive system. This setup is only available in the Premium trim levels. We would choose the less expensive version. You get standard upgrades like blind-spot monitor, heated rear seats and lane-keeping assistance. The Active package is recommended for anyone who plans to use the Envision’s maximum towing capacity of 1500 pounds.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
There are two types of four-cylinder engines available: The base model is a 2.5-liter unit with 197 horsepower. It drives all four wheels via a six-speed auto and either the front or rear. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder produces 252 horsepower and is available in an optional nine-speed automatic transmission. You can also get it with an all-wheel-drive system that features a locking rear differential. The Envision is about comfort and privacy. Although the suspension is flexible and can float over imperfections on roads, it doesn’t collapse completely if driven into corners at high speed. Although it handles most situations with confidence, it isn’t likely that enthusiast drivers will be as impressed by the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The EPA rates the Envision as the most economical at 22 mpg city-wide and 29 mpg highway. The base engine’s efficiency drops to 22 mpg in the city and to 29 mpg on the highway by adding all-wheel drive. The turbocharged engine with all-wheel drive is more efficient and can achieve 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The latter was tested on our 200-mile highway fuel economy route. We were able to get 25 mpg highway from that powertrain, which is exactly what the EPA predicted.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Inside, there’s plenty of room for four adults, and the Envision is reasonably well-equipped–although not quite as nicely finished as the Audi and BMW. The cabins of all models are quiet and comfortable, which will disappoint anyone expecting an extravagant experience. The more expensive models have leather seats that can be heated and ventilated, as well as a head-up display and partially digital gauge cluster. The interior cubby storage is not very impressive, and there are few places for small items. Nine carry-on bags were able to be stuffed behind the rear seat, and 17 with the seats folded down. This was significantly more than what we could fit in the Jaguar F-Pace or the Q5.
Infotainment & Connectivity
Every Envision comes with an 8.0 inch touchscreen, which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. It also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot. Although Buick’s infotainment system does not have a rotary controller but its responsive touchscreen and few controls make it simple to use and less distracting. Upgrade to Bose audio systems, which include built-in navigation and wireless charging.