With its stylish bodywork and practical hatchback, the 2020 Buick Regal Sportback is fashionable and functional. The Buick does not offer the same high-end interior or sporty handling as other entry-luxury vehicles. The Regal Sportback maintains the company’s tradition for comfortable accommodations and well-mannered roads. The standard turbocharged engine is smooth and powerful, but it won’t be exciting if you drive fast. The standard features of the Sportback’s infotainment system are offset by more expensive driver-assistance technology, and other luxurious options. The 2020 Regal Sportback is sure to please long-time Buick owners, but it isn’t as entertaining or sophisticated as other options.
What’s new for 2020?
The 2020 Buick Regal Sportback won’t see any major changes. The stylish hatchback still offers a powerful engine, ample cargo space, and a variety of options, but at a steep price. The new model year will also include the Regal siblings, the TourX station wagon (and sporty GS),
Although the 2020 Regal Sportback may not be extravagant enough to meet its luxury needs, it is more expensive than other family sedans. We have to look at mid-level models in order to keep value and get desirable options. The Preferred II is our choice for this purpose. Each model comes with 18-inch wheels, dual zone climate control, heated steering wheel and upgraded seats. The Driver Confidence 1 package, which includes blind-spot monitoring and LED headlights as well as auto-leveling headlights, blind spot monitoring, blind-spot monitors, LED headlights rear cross-traffic alerts, rear parking sensors and wireless charging, is also recommended. For an additional $2000, all-wheel drive can be added for those who desire all-weather capabilities.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
Thanks to its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine of 250 horsepower, the Regal is responsive and quick. Standard features include front-wheel drive and smooth-shifting, nine-speed automatic transmission. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all-wheel-drive models. This transmission is slower and more difficult to shift. Our front-wheel-drive test car clocked in at 5.6 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph on our track. This is comparable with competitors such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Sportback was almost at the same time as the Buick Regal GS with 60 horsepower, which managed to shave 0.2 seconds off the Sportback’s time. Although the standard Regal Sportback can handle twisty roads and has good grip, it is slower and less responsive to steering commands than its sportier counterparts. The vehicle rides very comfortably but the steering is too light and vague to make it difficult to control. Both Regals tested had the best stopping distances. The brake pedal of the Regal is firm and instills confidence.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The Regal Sportback’s standard front-wheel drive achieves an average mpg in its class. All-wheel drive reduces the rating by a few points. It was 1 mpg less than its official rating of 31 mpg in real-world highway fuel economy testing. With results of 34 mpg & 37 mpg respectively, the Audi A5 Sportback as well as the BMW 430i Gran Coupe easily beat the Buick.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Regal’s cabin is more like a family sedan than a luxury car. It offers plenty of room for everyone, but it’s also a plebeian environment with cheap materials. This is especially true when you consider that we also tested the Essence model. The less expensive models have cloth upholstery and lack the equipment (such as heated seats) we would expect at this price. Although the Regal’s rear seat may be slightly smaller than that of the Honda Accord, the Buick has more space than its sportier hatchback counterparts. The rear seats can be folded flat to create a spacious cargo area that can hold large items like a bicycle. The cargo area has levers that allow you to fold the seats easily. With the rear seats flat, we were able to fit seven carry-on suitcases into the trunk. The Regal was able to hold 19 cases. Are you looking for more cargo space? The Regal TourX station wagon is a great option.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Sportback is equipped with all the connectivity features that you would want. Its touchscreen responds quickly to user inputs and is simple to use. Standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto capability, and Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also get a larger touchscreen, a premium Bose audio system and built-in navigation. Wireless charging is also an option.