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2018 Buick Regal Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Buick Regal was new.


Interior: 7.3

The 2018 Buick Regal boasts attractive styling, but interior quality is a mixed bag, with fake stitching, hard plastic surfaces, and available leather seating upholstery that feels too hard. Also, the lower trims use old-school gauge components, making the redesigned Regal look a little tired already. However, the cabin is quiet and amply spacious for a full load of passengers and cargo.

  • "The seats up front are reasonably comfy, yet the leather used isn't as soft as I would expect from a Buick. And while I'm complaining, the traditional analog gauge cluster looks a little dated compared to the beautiful TFT screens that many automakers are using today." -- Autoweek
  • "While the interior looks attractive from outside the vehicle, material quality is decidedly mixed, with hard surfaces on areas where there should be padding (like where the driver's knee may contact the center console) and padding where hard surfaces would suffice (on the passenger side of the same console)." -- Cars.com
  • "GM's love for plastic panels with faux stitching best exemplifies the interior quality -- fine to look at, less than fine when any other sense is involved." -- CNET


Both the Sportback (hatchback) and TourX (wagon) versions of the Buick Regal seat five on standard cloth upholstery. Options include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, and memory settings for the driver’s seat. The GS trim comes with heated, ventilated, and massaging front sport seats.

The Regal remains quiet at speed, making conversation easy. It also provides good visibility all-around. Regardless of where you sit, you’ll have plenty of head- and legroom. With more legroom than the outgoing version, even 6-footers won’t have a problem getting comfortable.

There is a complete set of LATCH child-seat connectors in each of the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has a tether-only connection.

  • "And indeed, the Regal is always quiet – especially considering that it's a hatchback, lacking the insulating benefits of a fixed rear bulkhead." -- Car and Driver
  • "Even with its sloping rear end, headroom is ample for a six-foot-tall passenger, and when sitting behind a six-foot-tall driver, there's loads of legroom." -- CNET
  • "Headroom is plentiful in any seat in the cabin, and rear legroom is a dramatic improvement over the cramped conditions in the old Regal. The new car has decent outward visibility." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Regal include push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a Teen Driver system. Options include remote start, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 4.2-inch driver information display, dual-zone automatic climate control, and wireless device charging.

Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and LED cornering headlights.

The Regal’s infotainment system looks behind the times and has occasional hiccups when trying to bring up apps. Still, smartphone users will appreciate standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which displays a version of your smartphone’s interface on the Regal’s 7- or 8-inch touch screen. Audio and climate controls are easy to use.

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  • "The Regal Sportback doesn't have the latest version of GM's infotainment system, which started rolling out to Cadillac and GMC models this year, so the UX feels behind its time if you've been within 100 feet of the new one." -- CNET
  • "Our testers used the larger eight-inch display rather than the standard seven-inch unit. Both systems offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but I had issues summoning either during test drive." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Simple controls that include buttons and dials for climate and audio, a large touch screen and voice recognition promise to make the Regal a particularly driver-friendly sport sedan." -- USA Today


All of the Regal’s cargo dimensions are exceptional, besting those of midsize car and wagon rivals. The Regal has 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up. That expands to 60.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Regal TourX offers even more: 32.7 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 73.5 with them folded. In both models, you can fit a bicycle without removing the front wheel.

  • "Now for the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback's party trick: its big trunk." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Regal's tall hatchback opening makes it particularly easy to load large items." -- Motor Trend
  • "Fold the rear seats down and you can toss a bicycle in the back without removing the wheel while still retaining enough space for bags and backpacks." -- CNET

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