The Preferred II trim has been dropped from the Regal Sportback line-up for 2020, leaving the Regal, Preferred, Essence, and Avenir models. Regardless of trim-level, each hatchback is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that directs 250 hp and 260 lb-ft to the front wheels via a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Only the Essence gets access to the all-wheel drivetrain, which improves torque to 295 lb-ft, but drops a gear with its eight-speed automatic transmission.
The base-level Regal comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic halogen headlights, daytime running lights, and LED taillights. Inside, the Buick is dressed in cloth upholstery and provides dual-zone climate control to keep occupants comfortable. The driver’s seat offers six directions of manual adjustment, complemented by a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering column. Cruise control, and keyless entry and ignition make up the convenience features. There is a 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information display within the gauge cluster, and a seven-inch touchscreen display comes standard. From here, users can operate the Bluetooth features, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. Two USB ports are provided to the front and rear passengers, and a seven-speaker sound system plays back the audio. A rearview camera and teen driver system comprise the standard safety suite.
The Preferred trim upgrades the front seats, giving the passenger seat six-way manual adjustability, while replacing the driver’s seat with an eight-way power seat. Both front seats get two-way lumbar support and the steering wheel comes wrapped in leather.
The penultimate Essence trim rides on larger 18-inch alloys and adds fog lights to its exterior. Leather upholstery replaces the cloth, and the passenger seat gets the same level of adjustability as the driver’s. Both front seats get heating functionality along with the steering wheel. The driver information display is upgraded to a 4.2-inch color model, and the infotainment screen is enlarged to eight inches. SiriusXM and remote engine start are added to the standard features list.
Rounding out the range is the Avenir, riding on 19-inch alloy wheels. Extra safety features are now included, such as blind-spot monitoring, lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking assist. Both front seats get four-way lumbar, and a wireless charging pad is added for extra convenience. The infotainment suite is upgraded with HD Radio, navigation, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system.