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2016 Buick Verano Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Buick Verano was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2016 Buick Verano's cabin feels premium, according to critics. They like its upscale materials, solid build quality and attractive design. They also note that it is quiet. The Verano has comfortable front seats, critics say, and decent rear-seat space for a compact. Its trunk is large for the class. However, test drivers complain that the Verano has too many similar-looking buttons on its dashboard.

  • "The 2016 Buick Verano presents an upscale yet reserved exterior, a well-crafted interior and a substantial list of standard and optional luxury and high-tech features." -- Edmunds
  • "The Verano's cabin continues the theme of luxury and elegance, featuring a flowing dash and center stack along with plenty of pleasant materials." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The 2015 Buick Verano boasts an interior that's high on quality materials and comfortable seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The understated interior is composed of quality materials. Most surfaces are made of nicely grained or finished plastics. The armrests are wrapped in leather or vinyl that matches the seat upholstery, which is a nice touch. Overall, the ambiance is surprisingly posh." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The 2016 Buick Verano seats five and comes standard with leatherette and fabric upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The Verano's front seats are comfortable and supportive, according to critics. Auto writers say the Verano has decent rear-seat space for a compact, though they note that similarly priced midsize cars are roomier. Test drivers are especially impressed with how quiet the Verano's cabin is.

  • The Verano has reasonable backseat legroom, but unquestionably, it's not as accommodating in this regard as a similarly priced midsize sedan, especially in the rear center position." -- Edmunds
  • "The front passengers will be plenty comfortable, with the driver's seat especially well bolstered for a car of this size. The rear seat isn't quite as generous, but at least it's no worse than competitors." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Despite its entry-level designation, Buick engineers went gone (sic) to great lengths to ensure the Verano's cabin is as quiet as possible to give the little car a luxurious feel." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The Verano also benefits from a quiet cabin thanks to Buick's sound-deadening efforts. Wind and road noise have been minimized to an almost imperceptible level, which results in reduced occupant fatigue during both interstate cruising and around-town driving." --  AutoTrader (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Buick Verano include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required). Available features include Bluetooth, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, remote start, push-button start, proximity key, navigation, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, a moonroof and Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen and voice command recognition.

The Verano's optional touch screen is easy to read and has an abundance of features, according to critics, though some complain that it doesn't always respond when you press it. Test drivers agree that there are too many similar-looking buttons on the dashboard, and they note that some have confusing labels.

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  • The 7-inch touchscreen (standard on everything except the SV) presents information in large, legible characters, and the arrangement of its icons can be customized, as on a smartphone. It also provides a lot of functionality, including, for iPhone users, additional voice-command functionality through a Siri Eyes Free mode. On the downside, the user interface can occasionally be annoying, as it's slow to register finger inputs and sometimes misses commands entirely." -- Edmunds
  • We like the Verano's standard 7-inch touch-screen interface, but we do wish Buick would cut down on the number of buttons surrounding it." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Verano suffers from the same control issues that plague other Buicks, primarily too many look-alike buttons clustered too close together on the central dashboard stack. A few buttons use abbreviations whose meanings are not immediately apparent." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The base 2016 Buick Verano has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class. The optional Bose sound system reduces trunk space to 14 cubic feet. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. Test drivers are pleased with the Verano's trunk, reporting that its deep recess can handle luggage for four people.

  • "This entry-level luxury sedan has compact dimensions, yet still offers an attractively trimmed interior with reasonable room for four occupants and their luggage." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "The trunk is deep and the opening wide." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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