Right now, the crossover market is hotter than a volcano on Venus. That said? The wagon is far from dead, and the 2018 Buick Regal TourX is compelling proof. Now, we’ve been impressed with the latest entry into the segment since we saw shots of its European cousin — the Opel Insignia — back in April.
It’s exactly the kind of sleek, sexy long roof we love to see on the road, and with its starting price of $29,995, the soft-roader version that’s just been announced seems like one heck of a deal.
And competitive pricing aside, it should should also be a hoot to drive. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which pipes its 250 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque to all four corners through an eight-speed automatic. Unfortunately, no manual option will be available, but given how the old-fashioned three pedal set up is less an less common, that’s hardly surprising.
Along with the all-wheel drive system, the raised suspension should provide confidence when conditions get sloppy, and the refined exterior styling belies the relatively low price point. Even in top-spec Essence trim, at $35,945, the TourX won’t break the bank, and provides creature comforts like an 8.0-inch touchscreen, leather, dual-zone climate controls, along with standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 18-inch alloy wheels, and heated side mirrors.
While it wears a Buick badge, it’s worth noting that this wagon is a European through and through, as it’s designed and built in Germany. So if you were in the market for an Audi A4 Allroad or Volvo V60 Cross Country, it would make sense to swing through your local AutoNation Buick dealer to check it out, as the TourX will likely deliver similar driving dynamics for significantly less cash. Both the Audi and the Volvo start north of $40k, and obviously, adding options will quickly inflate the sticker.
As of yet, there’s no word on how much the standard version Regal Sportback liftback will command, but it will be even more affordable. We’re hoping to get our hands on both flavors in the next few months, so look out for our test drive reviews.