2018 Buick Envision Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Buick Envision's cabin has handsome, modern styling, and mostly high-quality materials. Still, you may find some cheap plastics that don't match the level of opulence found in many luxury-badged competitors. The seats in both rows are comfortable and spacious, and the numerous tech features are easy to use. The Envision has less overall cargo space than many other luxury compact SUVs.

  • Still, the interior of the Buick is a definite step up for the brand and is cleanly executed, with little evident GM default to cheap plastics you can even find in brands like Cadillac. However, it's just not quite as tech-cool as what Audi has achieved." -- Autoblog (2017)
  • "Look past the wrapper, though, and the Buick is pretty disappointing. Most of the materials below the armrests are grainy economy-grade plastics, the kind that makes the cringe-inducing scratching sounds as you run your fingernails along it. The same hard plastic frustratingly even covers the back of the front seats instead of the usual practice of wrapping the entire seat in fabric." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • The Envision's interior ratchets the excitement up a notch. Cabin materials are easy on both the eyes and the fingertips, although the feel isn't quite up to German spec (then again, neither is the price, so that's hardly a sin)." -- CNET (2017)

Seating

Cloth upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats are standard, while leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are optional. The front seats have plenty of legroom, and they're comfortable and supportive on long trips. The rear seats are spacious, and they can slide or recline to match the needs of passengers in the back. The cabin is quiet thanks to the standard noise cancellation system, and there's good visibility in all directions.

For attaching child car seats, the Envision has full sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with an additional upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat.

  • "Front seats are well cushioned and shaped and the top trim's thigh cushion extender should be of particular interest for taller drivers. Rear seats can easily accommodate adults and are further enhanced by sliding/reclining features. Thanks to the absence of a center floor hump, even the rear center passenger will have enough legroom. With plenty of sound insulation and standard active noise cancellation, the Envision's cabin remains pleasantly quiet on the highway." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • Space up front is ample, and the story is the same in the second row -- for occupants at or under the 6-foot mark, at least. Anyone taller than 6-foot dead will find rear headroom to be slightly lacking." -- CNET (2017)
  • "Finally, outward visibility is good in all directions. That's surprising because the windshield pillars rake back toward the driver at a shallow angle, yet it was never hard for me to see out the Envision, either when parking or while driving on the highway." -- Cars.com (2017)

Interior Features

The Envision comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, push-button start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and the IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Optional features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, a head-up display, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, a 360-degree camera, and a safety alert seat that vibrates when one of the other systems detects a hazard.

The Envision comes loaded with high-tech features such as the easy-to-use IntelliLink infotainment system. The on-screen menus are intuitive to sort through. The system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which let you use some of your phone's apps directly on the touch screen. There are physical buttons and knobs for adjusting climate and audio settings, unlike some rivals whose controls are all accessed through the touch screen.

The gauge cluster includes another screen that can show radio settings or navigation directions, and there's an available head-up display that projects the same information on the windshield directly in front of the driver.

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  • "Buick's GM-based infotainment system is easy to use. The inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes operation even easier." -- Edmunds
  • "If the one screen isn't enough, don't worry, there's another one in the gauge cluster. The traditional analog speedometer straddles a portion of the screen that can display music information, a small version of the nav system's map or settings relevant to that specific screen. An optional head-up display brings yet another screen into the fray, and like other systems of its kind, I found it helpful in keeping my eyes on the road." -- CNET (2017)
  • "Nestled in their standard heated seats, the driver and front passenger will enjoy easy-to-see-and-use controls and buttons for the climate and audio systems, mainly because they're actual buttons and knobs, and not the finicky touch-based systems employed by others, including some GM brands." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Cargo

There's 26.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Envision's second-row seats, and with the rear seatbacks folded, cargo capacity increases to 57.3 cubic feet. That's about average for a luxury compact SUV. Not only do the rear seats fold, but they can also slide forward and back to let you prioritize rear-seat legroom or cargo space. The low cargo floor makes it easy to load baggage. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard.

  • Remote release handles in that space allow you to unlatch the rear seats, but in order to get a flat load floor, you have to push the seatbacks down from the rear doorway until they lock in place." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • The nicely finished cargo hold has a reasonably low liftover height as well as handles to drop the rear seatbacks should you need to accommodate more than 27 cubic feet of chattels. That cargo figure places it just ahead of the MKC and the RDX but behind the Q5 and the XC60." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • The 60/40-split rear bench seat folds almost flat to allow for a large cargo area. That rear bench also slides fore and aft if you'd rather trade legroom for cargo room, or want a shorter reach from the front seat to a child in a car seat." -- Cars.com (2016)

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