Review: 2015 Buick Regal Turbo AWD – Part 2


The Buick Regal Turbo is powered by a turbocharged four cylinder engine that puts out 259 hp and an outstanding 295 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a six speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually (though I wouldn’t bother doing so as it does fine on its own). Power goes to the wheels via an all wheel drive system sourced from famed AWD manufacturer Haldex. The net result of this combo is a car that rockets forward on command and never lacks the ability to blow by transport trucks or leave others standing still from off the line. The Haldex supplied all wheel drive system not only makes you feel planted and stable at all times, but it enhances performance by making helping you through corners and making sure standing starts are drama free. The best thing is that you don’t notice any of this unless you’re looking for it like I am. Another good thing is that when you don’t want to push the limits of this car, it is perfectly civilized with an easy to control throttle and good road manners.

If there is turbo lag here, I cannot find it. Anytime I wanted power, I got it instantly. The only negative that I can find is that the first of the six gears in the transmission is so short that you’re in second gear before you know it. Most of the time, that’s a non issue. But it is an issue if you slow to walking speed and then accelerate which replicates slow and go traffic. You’ll get a bit of a hiccup every time. A taller first gear might be worth considering.

When it comes to handling, it’s nothing short of impressive. Body roll doesn’t exist and the suspension is firm but not punishing. The steering is perfect, sharp, and direct. You can feel what the Regal is doing at all times and that makes for a very engaging drive. This is really a vehicle that you could have fun with on some back roads with no cops around. In terms of fuel economy, I’m doing 12 L/100 KM’s at the moment. I expect that to improve during my week with the Regal.

When it comes to noise, vibration and harshness, there’s very little. While you can hear wind and tire noise at highway speeds, it doesn’t interfere with listening to music or talking to passengers. It’s incredibly quiet. So much so, I cannot correctly express the degree of how quiet it is. Thus I would strongly suggest taking a test drive. Even if you’re in the passenger seat, you’ll be blown away.

Tune in tomorrow to see the interior of the Buick Regal Turbo. It’s one that will impress you with the degree of detail that went into it.


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