The overly drawn-out striptease of the Buick Encore is over, and we stand by our suspicions that the Encore was designed expressly for the Chinese market. Expect substantial floorplan-related agony on the part of Buick dealers who get stuck with this thing.
Buick touts the Encore as having more cargo space than the BMW X1 or Audi Q3, and this mere fact shows just how out to lunch Buick is. Anyone looking for a BMW X1 or Audi Q3 is primarily concerned with how they’re going to casually tell their friends that they left their yoga mat or locally and sustainably harvested organic quinoa in the back of their BMW or Audi. For them, a Buick is the car driven by their bubbie or zaidey and therefore a Buick is social poison.
At 168 inches, the Encore is 7 inches longer than a Mini Countryman, and according to our specs, 5 inches shorter than a Sonic. Power comes from the 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder used in the Cruze and Sonic, along with the wretched 6-speed automatic that is usually mated to that motor.