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2015 Buick Encore, the baby Buick has created its own space in a crowded subcompact crossover segment
2015 Buick Encore, the baby Buick has created its own space in a crowded subcompact crossover segment

When it arrived, the 2013 Buick Encore had us undecided as it was smaller to all other crossovers in the segment and also taller, compared to conventional hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf. With its lively movement aided by the all-wheel-drive had this baby Buick landed in both camps, and in the crowded car market of today it managed to corner some white space.

The space was enough to net 50,000 units of sale, but the empty spaces in the market are quickly disappearing as carmakers after carmakers rush in with new releases for the subcompact crossover arena.  Quite a few new entries we have seen in the market, and they include Jeep Renegade Honda HR-V, Chevy Trax, Buick’s new sibling, and Mazda CX-3. The Buick with its smooth ride and calmness has stood out in the crowd though you cannot call it a fun drive compared to others.  Buick Encore is available in four trims and all-wheel-drive can be added to any of the models. The 2015 Buick Encore with its top spec and AWD was the one we tested.

 

What do we have for new here? Each of the two years since its launch has seen new features added to the Buick, which included blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert that came standard above the base version. The forward collision alert feature and lane departure warning though unusual for the class was offered only with top spec models. For the 2015 Encore is offered with 4G LTE remote hotspot connectivity, which is regular across the range. The hotspot can hook up to 7 devices and will be active when the car is running. The starter plan with three months and three GB data is free for you, but over that you shall have to pay for the data use.

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