As a new model, the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is an additional touch on the formula that the Regal sedan used in the past. Unlike most cars in this class, the Regal Sportback has a hatchback that gives it a coupe-like and slender look with an extra dose of utility. This is something that German carmakers have done with models like the Audi A7 and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Compared to previous versions, the Regal Sportback offers twice as much cargo capacity and an easily accessible and more flexible cargo area. Fold the rear seat extends the cargo area to 60.7 cubic feet, which is more than the Buick Envision SUV.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is a four-door hatchback with a sedan-like design. It is available in four trim levels: 1SV, Preferred, Preferred II and Essence. A sporty model called RS is expected to debut later in the model year.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback 1SV standard equipment includes keyless entry and ignition, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, heated power side mirrors, 60/40-split folding rear seats, OnStar with a Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connection, a rearview camera, a seven-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen interface and USB port.
The Preferred trim adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable driver seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The optional Driver Confidence package for the Preferred includes 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, LED headlights, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. The Sights and Sounds package adds an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a Bose eight-speaker audio system with HD radio and dual rear seat charge-only USB ports. A sunroof is available as a stand-alone option.
The Preferred II adds 18-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a driver information screen between the gauges, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats and upgraded 8-inch touchscreen. All-wheel-drive models get an active noise cancellation through the audio system.
The Driver Confidence package is optional for this trim but also adds wireless device charging. The Sights and Sounds package adds navigation and the premium Bose audio system.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Essence trim adds a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats and leather upholstery. The optional Driver Confidence package offers the same features listed above but also adds an auto-dimming side mirror and driver-position memory. The Driver Confidence II package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and intervention.
Powering the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission with the front-wheel-drive as standard. An eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive is optional, and the system features with active twin-clutch rear differential for better control in all conditions. The engine produces 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque in the front-drive models, and the torque increases to 295 lb-ft with all-wheel drive. Start-stop technology is also standard.
Inside, the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback has a modern interior design, an appreciation for Buick bring something fresh. The dashboard design is reminds of the Jaguar XJ because it has a third layer just beneath the windshield that provides a cover view. A prominent center stack provides a cleaner view with a touch screen positioned directly to the dashboard.
The Regal Sportback is longer and wider than previous versions. This means there is more room for the arm and elbow for front and rear passengers. Thanks to its liftgate design, the Regal Sportback is easy to load cargo. The top trim offers a 40/20 / 40-split rear seat. Total cargo space with rear seat in place is 31.5 cubic feet, while putting down the seat will add that space to 60.7 cubic feet.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is expected to reach showrooms this fall. It will compete against BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, Volkswagen CC and Audi A5 Sportback.
Official pricing for the 1SV Sportback will start at $25,915 (include destination fee). The Preferred starts at $28,590, while the Preferred II starts at $30,590. In this point, you can add all-wheel drive for $1,950. The range-topping Essence trim will start from $32,590, all-wheel drive adds $2,050. Adding Driver Confidence Package II will cost $2,670 with all required options.