Love the exterior looks and wheels. I chose this over an Audi A4 Avant Quattro (wagon). My choice was based on (#1.) cheaper oil changes and overall maintenance costs vs. Audi's $250 oil changes, (#2.) more horsepower/torque over Audi, (#3.) more aggressive look than Audi, and (#4) Not too many GS models on the road = kind of exclusive.
Love the car but sacrificed the pre-requisite of an All-Wheel-Drive car (Audi) for the horsepower / looks in the GS. The almost uncontrollable torque steer is annoying & almost embarrassing when you want to stomp on the gas.
Also, very upset that I can't stream Pandora to Samsung Galaxy S5. Have to resort to using Aux input. Cheap interior materials.
Love the 270 HP, 295 Torque. Unique look/stance/wheels. Awesome stopping power from Brembo brakes.
The seats are horribly uncomfortable after a while. Drove the less expensive 2014 Verano (loaner) and those seats pampered my butt with its plusher cushioning. Add AWD, Add AWD, Adding all-wheel-drive will make me NOT regret turning down the Audi A4 AWD Avant. Torque steer is almost uncontrollable and embarrassing when the steering wheel is all over the place (going every which way but straight).
GS and Sport mode buttons seem only good for harsher/firmer suspension only (feeling every little bump in the road). Also, sluggish acceleration for the first few gears. Cumbersome turn-signal stalk controls for the driver info system. Cheap plastic trim pieces everywhere on the dash.
I have driven Japanese and German cars with my last being a 2005 C230 Kompressor Sport 4 dr 6spd manual.I followed the GS from the moment the car was announced. Found my 2012 with 4500 miles and a 6spd. Wow! Loaded, this is one of the best cars I have owned. Fun to drive, great head turner and reliable. With over 30k on it the car still feels like it did at 4500. I live in a world filled with 3 series Bimmers and C300 Benzes and I love the exclusivity of owning this car. Amazes me how many young under 30 year olds love this car. Buick got it right and I hope they improve upon this great car
Great interior and exterior design
I traded a 2011 Audi A4 for this car. At first I liked the Buick much better, but, as time went on, problems made themselves evident. The engine was quite powerful but, in spite of the much-hyped HyPer strut front suspension, torque steer was very pronounced under hard acceleration. In addition, the driver's seat, although comfortable on short jaunts, became a source of torture on long highway runs. The bottom bolsters seemed to be too tight, causing intense hip pain. In addition, the three driving modes (normal, Sport and GS) seemed to have little effect on performance, although the letter did stiffen the suspension significantly. The controls also feature a plethora of pushbuttons.
The car is a blast to drive and turns heads everywhere.
However the service experience at the dealership is horrible.
Furthermore Buick Customer Service is a complete waste of resources.
My car was in the shop 4 times for the turbo going out, once to have both axils replaced, once it left me stranded because the battery cables fried, once because the radiator ruptured, once because the windshield washer blew, once because all the brake lights went out and once for the center council and sun visors braking.
Half of all these problems occurred within my first two months of ownership.
My car spent over 30 days in the shop during my first year and GM never offered restitution.
Looks, handling, stereo
Dealership service needs vast improvement!!
A person with a month old car should not have to beg for a loaner each time it is in the shop for turbo failure!
Buick Customer Care.
I should be offered a buy back or new car after all these problems, not Buick Customer Care saying "I hope this will be your last time at the dealer for unscheduled service."
No car I have ever owned is problem free but what makes the difference is how the issues are handled when they arise.
This is why I have bought a Lexus again and will pay two car notes until GM decides to do the right thing and pick up this car..
While this isn't a GNX or T-Type of the late 80's, this Buick ROCKS! The 2.0L engine is suprisingly powerful. It doesn't knock your head back with mad torque; instead the power builds quickly and will get away from you fast if you're not careful. I average 30-34 mpg daily and have a 17 mile commute to work which 14 is highway.
I get away with midgrade fuel and get better gas mileage than with premium. I would do better if I could get away from the ethanol gas stations. The seats are very comfortable and visibility is great out the windshield. The rear view, is a different story. The rake needs a greater angle or a rear view backup camera. Overall, a great sporty car with decent power.
Sport and GS mode, the nice shifting 6 speed manual, the looks/compliments I get when I tell people it's a Buick.
The grip on this car is amazing when equipped with the optional 20's. Switch to GS mode with said "dubs" and you have a car which corners on rails. I have routinely taken a cloverleaf entry/exit at 55mph without any squeal from the tires. Although I am 43, I have surprised many younger rice rocket drivers with the "ol folks' car."
Rear backup camera, rear LED brake lamps, better tires. (the Pirelli's only have a wear rating of 220 and cost $415 apiece to replace)