2019 Buick Regal Sportback

2019 Buick Regal Sportback Review: Stylish Uran Cruiser

The Regal Sportback is a midsize crossover sedan that brings together the stylish guise of a sporty sedan with the sleek sloped roofline, and the superior cargo practicality, typical of a purpose-built hatchback. It's fundamentally based off of the European-rooted Opel Insignia, essentially only differentiated by its signature three-shield Buick badge. The Regal Sportback is available in either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive, with a nine-speed automatic transmission that manages the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine's outputs of 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque for FWD models; an eight-speed automatic transmission handles an extra 35 lb-ft for AWD models. The Regal Sportback is a stylish urban family cruiser with a commodious cabin and super practical cargo bay, but with subpar gas mileage and low standard specification levels, it falls behind its rivals as an all-rounder, especially the venerable Honda Accord.

2019 Buick Regal Sportback Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 Regal Sportback?

With the soaring popularity of the Avenir as featured in other Buick model ranges, the trim has subsequently been brought over to the Regal Sportback lineup for the 2019 model year, too. It's positioned within the lineup as the top-spec model coming equipped as standard with most of what the lineup has to offer in the way of features, and brings with it a more conspicuous appearance with bespoke interior and exterior styling elements.

Pros and Cons

  • Smooth powertrain performance with the nine-speed auto
  • Balanced performance and ride quality
  • Comfortable and spacious interior
  • Impressive cargo volume
  • Full smartphone integration as standard
  • Infotainment system is somewhat dated
  • Below-average gas mileage estimates
  • Intrusive auto stop-start function
  • Eight-speed automatic on AWD models isn't great

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2019 Buick Regal Sportback Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$25,070
Preferred
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$27,670
Preferred II
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$29,770
Essence
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$31,770
Avenir
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$35,270

Regal Sportback Exterior

The Regal Sportback carries a typical three-box sedan shape altered only at the rear with a sloping roofline and hatchback cargo bay design. While the Avenir is fitted with LED headlights, all other models get halogen headlamps with LED signature lighting, daytime running lights, and LED taillamps, with front and rear fog lamps only featured from the Preferred model upward. The base Regal Sportback and Preferred are equipped with 17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels, the Preferred II and Essence with 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels. Filling the wheel arches of the Avenir are 19-inch aluminum wheels featured with a pearl nickel finish.

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Dimensions

The Regal Sportback's dimensions don't differ too vastly from the Regal TourX - with an overall body length of 192.9 inches, the Sportback is 3.2 inches shorter, though both share a wheelbase of 111.4 inches. The Sportback is 0.9 inches shorter in height at 57.3 inches, but equivalent in width at 73.3 inches. With curb weights ranging from 3,748 lbs in the FWD base Regal Sportback to 4,096 on the AWD Avenir, the Sportback is around 50 lbs heavier than TourX.

  • Length 192.9 in
  • Wheelbase 111.4 in
  • Height 57.3 in
  • Max Width 73.3 in
  • Front Width 62.8 in
  • Rear Width 63.0 in

Regal Sportback Performance

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Engine and Transmission

While the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine's outputs are rated at 250 hp and 260 lb-ft when mated to the nine-speed automatic transmission, which services the lineup's FWD models, torque figures are upped to 295 lb-ft and directed via an eight-speed automatic transmission on AWD models. The turbo can take a short but noticeable moment to spool up, but acceleration off-the-line is, nevertheless, still reasonably quick - taking the Sportback around 6.3 seconds to get from 0-60 mph. Power delivery is accurate and smooth all the way through to the mid-range, making for easy highway merges and overtakes. Gear transitions are smooth from both transmissions, however, they're both inclined to stay in the higher gears to optimize efficiency - adding to the lethargic feel of the engine. The nine-speed is the more refined option of the two, which is, unfortunately, limited to FWD models only.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    8-Speed Automatic, 9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

As with most Buick vehicles, the Regal Sportback has more of a penchant for ride comfort than sporty performance and handling. It comes fitted with a comfort-tuned suspension which deals with most bumps and imperfect road surfaces reasonably well while not feeling too floaty or disconnected from the road either. Body composure is a little compromised in favor of the softer ride, especially over larger undulations and around corners at higher speeds - but not to a detrimental extent. The steering effort is light throughout, unfortunately, even at higher speeds, which means a lot of correcting will have to be made to keep a straight line. Its responses are otherwise accurate and the light effort is suitable for cruising around town. The brakes are easy to modulate and deliver smooth responses that also keep the Regal Sportback stable even under hard braking.

Regal Sportback Gas Mileage

The FWD Regal Sportback equipped with the nine-speed automatic gearbox is the more fuel-efficient one of the lineup - returning 22/32/26 mpg city/highway/combined. The AWD Regal Sportback is slightly less fuel-efficient with the eight-speed automatic gearbox - returning 21/29/24 mpg on those same cycles, which is also what the Regal TourX returns. Utilizing premium unleaded fuel only, and with its 16.3-gallon gas tank filled to the brim, the FWD Regal Sportback is availed with a maximum range of 423 miles in mixed driving conditions before running empty.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.3 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/32 mpg
* 2019 Buick Regal Sportback Base FWD

Regal Sportback Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

There is seating for five in the Regal Sportback, with decent head and legroom offered throughout, even for the middle rear seat. There's adequate levels of adjustability provided in the front seats, allowing for most drivers to locate an optimal driving position. Outward visibility is good, only slightly hindered by the rearward sloping roofline, which also slightly hampers ease-of-access for rear occupants. The interior is otherwise appreciably comfortable, the design and layout are simple, leaving a good impression that is not overly ornate. Some materials are a little harsh and cheap, but most commonly touched surfaces are soft to the fingertips.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.1 in
  • Front Head Room 38.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.4 in

Regal Sportback Trunk and Cargo Space

With the Regal Sportback's hatchback design, it's availed with an impressive 31.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats - enough room for four large suitcases. 60/40 split-folding rear seats add to storage versatility in base models, with 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats featured in the preferred II and upward. With either configuration folded down, the cargo room expands to a cavernous 60.7 cu-ft.

In-cabin storage solutions are satisfactory: thick door side pockets adorn every door, capable of holding large bottles, there are dual cupholders up front and in the rear, a small center console tray ahead of a small open compartment, and a moderately sized armrest bin. The glove box is decently sized and each front seat features a seatback map pocket.

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    60.7 ft³

Regal Sportback Infotainment and Features

Features

The base Regal Sportback is outfitted with the essentials including keyless entry and ignition, a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, manual tilt and telescoping steering column, and manual air conditioning. The Preferred gets some added convenience with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, six-way manually-adjustable passenger's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Preferred II introduces a little more luxury with remote start functionality, an upgraded 4.2-inch multi-color driver information display, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats. The Essence takes things up a notch with heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats and an in-vehicle air ionizer. The Avenir comes standard with wireless charging, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep assist with lane change alert, all of which are optional for latter models. Otherwise aiding the driver as standard is a rearview camera and cruise control.

Infotainment

Every Buick Regal Sportback comes standard with full smartphone integration, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity. The base model and Preferred are bedecked with a seven-inch color diagonal infotainment touchscreen tethered to an AM/FM stereo, and Buick seven-speaker audio system. Two charge-only USB ports and an auxiliary input jack are located within the center armrest console. The Preferred II and Essence receive an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with SiriusXM connectivity, upgraded with on-screen navigation and HD radio connectivity in the Avenir - which also gets a premium Bose eight-speaker audio system as standard, which is available for upper-tier models via the available packages. The two USB ports in mid and top-spec models are upgraded for charging and device connectivity.

Regal Sportback Problems and Reliability

There has, to date, been only one recall sent out for the 2019 Regal Sportback, pertaining to an insufficient application of coating to the rear brake calipers, which could potentially result in inadequate braking performance. J.D. Power availed the 2019 Regal Sportback with an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of a possible five. Buick covers a new Regal Sportback with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

Regal Sportback Safety

The NHTSA has not yet evaluated any model year of the current generation Regal Sportback, the IIHS has only evaluated the 2019 year model in three criteria - and it scored top ratings of Good for all. Though the Regal Sportback's consignment of ten standard airbags is impressive, standard safety features are limited to a rearview camera, cruise control, an electronic stability control system with traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and teen driver controls. The Avenir comes standard with rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change alert with side blind zone alert. Optional driver aids include advanced adaptive cruise control, following distance indicator, forward collision alert, forward automatic braking, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, and front pedestrian braking.

Verdict: 🏁Is 2019 Buick Regal Sportback a good car?

The Regal Sportback is a middling vehicle, ranking amongst the average in CarBuzz's catalog of midsize vehicles. It's comfortable on the road and is a semi-luxurious way to get from A to B, but it offers no excitement and its sporty guise is a mask to what is actually a rather sedate ride. The Sportback does offer a unique advantage though, in its sedan/hatchback design - offering a commodious cabin for passengers along with a highly practical and versatile cargo area. The infotainment system may be slightly outdated, but it's still user-friendly and inclusive of full smartphone integration as standard. It's a mixed bag when it comes to safety, though there's an impressive consignment of ten stock-fitted airbags, there are no advanced driver assists included as standard, except on the top-spec Avenir. However, with the Regal Sportback's subpar gas mileage, excluded advanced safety features, and low spec levels, most of its rivals offer greater value at the standard level. Its cavernous cabin and superior practicality as a midsize offering are not enough to make up for its value overall.

🚘What's the Price of the 2019 Buick Regal Sportback?

The Base Regal Sportback carries a sticker price of $25,070, followed by the Preferred which is at $27,670. The Preferred II has an MSRP of $29,770 and is the first model in the lineup that can be optioned in AWD, which costs an extra $2,000. Then there's the Essence which is priced at $31,770 and the all-new top-spec model, the Avenir, which is at $35,270. All those prices are excluding any tax, registration, or licensing fees as well as Buick's destination charge of $925.

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🚗What Buick Regal Sportback Model Should I Buy?

Though the priciest model from the lineup, the Avenir is well-worth the premium. It carries a bespoke appearance to the rest of the lineup and comes better specced at the standard level with comfort, convenience, and advanced driver-assist features. Keep the standard front-wheel-drive system for the nine-speed automatic transmission with which it comes - it's a lot more refined than the eight-speed automatic, delivering smoother performance and notably better fuel economy as well. With most of the lineup's available packages already optioned on the Avenir, it only leaves the Driver Confidence Package II available, which we do recommend as it contains the prime selection of advanced driver assists.

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2019 Buick Regal Sportback Comparisons

Buick Regal TourX Buick
Honda Accord Honda
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Buick Regal Sportback250 hp22/32 mpg$25,370
Buick Regal TourX 250 hp21/29 mpg$29,370
Honda Accord 192 hp30/38 mpg$24,770

2019 Buick Regal Sportback vs Buick Regal TourX

The Regal TourX is around $3,000 more than the Regal Sportback. Through its appearance, it's meant to be the more rugged and off-road capable variant from Buick, but it's only misleading as a faux-by-four. It comes with the same underpinnings as the Regal Sportback but with the unrefined eight-speed automatic transmission made stock, which means poorer driving dynamics and frustrating gas mileage compared to the FWD Regal Sportback. The TourX is also only slightly more practical than the Sportback, with 1.2 cu-ft. of additional cargo room offered behind the rear seats; it does, however, offer added practicality in that it has a max tow capacity of 1,000 lbs. The TourX lineup doesn't offer an Avenir trim though, which is similarly priced to the top-spec TourX but comes vastly better equipped. Apart from that, neither vehicle really offers any notable advantages over the other. Still, the Sportback is the more sensible vehicle in its design, and offers slightly better value for the money, making it our recommended pick.

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2019 Buick Regal Sportback vs Honda Accord

The Regal Sportback trails far behind the Honda Accord which is one of the segment's leading offerings. It's around $1,000 cheaper than the Regal Sportback at the base level and despite having a weaker 1.5-liter engine at that level, it's far more fuel-efficient and offered with a six-speed manual gearbox that could appeal to the lovers of driving. There's an equally potent 2.0-liter engine within the Accord lineup as well, which is still more fuel-efficient than the Sportback's and is paired to a far more refined ten-speed automatic gearbox. There's a whole lot more practicality offered by the Sportback though, with double the cargo capacity offered behind the rear seats. While the Accord may not match up to the Regal Sportback in the way of infotainment functionality, it quickly catches up with the rest of its specification levels. The Sportback doesn't reach the same level of standard safety and driver-assist features found on the Accord. With the Accord also getting superior safety ratings from both major authorities, it's already the clear winner as a family commuter and in value - while the Sportback does offer far greater cargo practicality, the Accord is the better all-rounder, which makes it the more sensible daily commuter.

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