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2017 Buick Encore Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Buick Encore was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2017 Buick Encore doesn’t skimp on style, with soft-touch materials throughout the cabin. Its elegant design, including wood and metal trim, is commonly seen in more expensive cars. The Encore’s interior is also incredibly quiet, with plenty of insulation to shield passengers from outside noise. The Active Noise Cancellation technology blocks and absorbs sounds by using the car's speakers to send out noise-canceling sound waves, and the Quiet Tuning Technology eliminates vibrations.

  • "As for the surroundings, the Encore's passenger cabin has a high-end atmosphere on higher trim levels as they feature soft-touch materials and handsome simulated wood and metal trim." -- Edmunds
  • "To keep the Encore's cabin in line with Buick's high standards, the company employs Active Noise Cancellation technology combined with ample insulation and Quiet Tuning engineering. By using the car's speakers, Active Noise Cancellation sends out noise-canceling sound waves that help hush wind, road and engine noise." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite its diminutive dimensions, the little Buick is far from a penalty box inside, offering upscale plastics and plenty of soft-touch materials." -- Left Lane News

Seating

The 2017 Buick Encore has seating for five and comes standard with cloth upholstery, storage under the front passenger seat, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, driver's seat memory settings, and a heated steering wheel.

The Encore’s front seats are comfortable and elevated, giving the driver and front passenger a good view of the road. In the back, taller passengers won’t feel cramped, with plenty of room for two. However, add a child's seat or a third person in the middle seat, and the second row quickly becomes a tight squeeze.

The Encore has LATCH systems in the second-row outboard seats. However, the bottom anchors are deeply set in the seats’ cushions and are difficult to get to. The top tether anchors are easier to access, though. There's not enough room for rear-facing child seats unless the front seats are moved up, leaving less space for front passengers.

  • "The 2017 Buick Encore features comfortable front seats and a high seating position that offers a commanding view of the road. In back, the seats offer enough head- and legroom for 6-footers but there's no denying that it's a tight fit for both adults and rear-facing child seats." -- Edmunds
  • "... up to four passengers will have decent amounts of space in any seat. Don't expect to fit three across on the rear bench comfortably, though, as the Encore is surprisingly narrow despite what its proportions might suggest." -- New York Daily News
  • "Whether rendered in cloth and Leatherette or available leather, the cabin offers room for five with a 60/40-split rear bench that accommodates two average-sized adults plus a kid in the center spot." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 Buick Encore has a long list of standard features that include satellite radio, a rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker audio system, a 4.2-inch driver information dashboard display, the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and the OnStar Guidance Plan, which includes automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, and roadside assistance.

Available features include remote start, a moonroof, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, a seven-speaker sound system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, forward collision alert, parking assist, and lane departure warning.

The Encore's infotainment system is intuitive with a new design that eliminates clutter and makes the system easier to access and use. However, the screen's response time can be a bit slow.

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  • "The new Buick Intellilink infotainment system (which is identical to GMC's Intellilink and Chevy's MyLink) is among the most intuitive in the industry, and it really allowed Buick's designer's to reduce clutter in the cabin by eliminating all of the old infotainment system's buttons. With its new iPad-like minimalistic design, the Encore's cabin is quite a nice place to be." -- Motor Trend
  • "The interior of Buick's compact Encore SUV shows significant thought went into both its design and detail. An 8-inch color touch screen moves from atop the dash to the center stack, while the larger gauge cluster includes a 4.2-inch driver-information screen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Aside from a smattering of similar-looking buttons, controls are fairly intuitive and easy to access. A high point is the large 7-inch center touchscreen for the IntelliLink infotainment system. The system is also fairly easy to use, though it can occasionally be slow to respond (and unlike other GM models, it was not updated for 2016 to address that shortcoming)." -- Edmunds (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 Encore has 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded and 18.8 cubic feet with them up. Although it has more space than its subcompact SUV rivals, it trails more popular compact crossovers. However, the standard flat-folding front-passenger seat adds flexibility for longer items. Inside the cabin, there is plenty of storage space for smaller objects. For drivers who don’t cart large cargo items or big families around, the Encore’s space should satisfy.

  • "Those who need rear-seat and cargo space might be better off with a larger SUV like the Honda CR-V or Buick Envision." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior also comes up short in the cargo-carrying department, with 18.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 48.4 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded down. Those numbers are similar to subcompact SUV competitors, but fall far short of more popular compact crossovers like the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. The Encore's standard fold-flat front passenger seat at least gives the interior added flexibility." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The Encore could also use some extra room in back. Currently, the crossover has a tight back seat and a fairly small cargo area -- a function of its small size. Once again, we think that many shoppers won't mind, as some -- especially those who rarely carry passengers or lots of equipment -- will flock to the Encore specifically because of its size." -- Autotrader (2015)

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