The Buick Regal, available here at Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts, is the discerning driver’s reward for doing his or her homework. While some drivers might be content with any German import, like the Audi A4 for instance, a comparison with the Buick Regal reveals the Buick as the smarter choice.
The Regal went through big changes in 2014. It got an exterior upgrade, more powerful and fuel efficient engines and a new all-wheel drive system. The 2015 Regal keeps the ball rolling with availability of OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you to connect regardless of where you are. New paint colors are also added.
The Regal won a Kelley Blue Book “Brand Image Award,” and editors said, "The 2015 Buick Regal is a good no-compromises choice if you want a sophisticated styling and surprising agility, and don't mind making an unexpected choice."
The 2015 Buick Regal starts at an MSRP of $29,900, considerably less than the $35,500 MSRP of the 2015 A4. Even the high-performance Regal GS MSRP of $40,735 is thousands less than the $45,000 price tag of an A4 Prestige with quattro® and eight-speed transmission.
Regal powertrains include a 2.4-liter ECOTEC four-cylinder that produces 182 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque and returns an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. Next is an impressive turbocharged 2.0-liter ECOTEC four-cylinder that cranks out 259 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission (a six-speed manual is available for the GS). Even with all that power, fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The A4 offers only one engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 220 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque and returns an estimated 24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway. Whether you’re looking for maximum fuel efficiency, maximum power or something in between, the Regal has the better engine choice. The Regal holds an advantage in the sprint to 60 mph, too, getting there in 6.2 seconds compared to 6.6 seconds for the A4.
Regal standard equipment includes leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a rear vision camera, foglamps and the Buick IntelliLink connectivity system with eight-inch color touch-screen. As you climb the trim levels, standard or available amenities include passive entry with push-button start, rear parking assist, a heated steering wheel, Bose premium audio and Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. Choose the Regal GS to get the Interactive Drive Control System, a GS-specific exterior, Brembo front brakes and the HiPer strut front suspension. The A4 doesn’t offer that level of equipment for the price. The Regal also offers OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, a feature not available in the A4.
The longer, wider and taller Regal provides more front headroom, front and rear legroom, and front and rear shoulder room than an A4, which translates into more passenger comfort. The Regal can also carry more cargo.
Safety is an important part of every Buick and the Regal has an excellent record, earning a “5-Star Overall” rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety systems include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, Traction Control, four-wheel antilock brakes, advanced airbag coverage and more, but what’s most impressive may be the systems available as part of two separate packages. The Driver Confidence #1 Package bundles Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, while the Driver Confidence #2 Package further adds Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Automatic Braking. Even the most expensive A4 only provides a few of these innovative features.
The Buick six-year/70,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with Roadside Assistance offers better coverage than the Audi warranty, begging the question as to why anyone would spend more to get less.
The Buick Regal is a smart choice. Test drive the new 2015 Buick Regal today and decide for yourself.