Have owned this car for 2 months and can report that it does meet the gas mileage specs if you are light on the gas pedal. In addition, the interior is very nicely done, the climate control is excellent, and the seats are great. Exterior styling is also excellent, with many positive comments. I bought this car becauseI could not find a Lexus, Acura, or similar with good styling, good mileage, and a reasonable price.
Great driving, comfortable car with loads of features. Problem is the lack of quality control at the production plant. Car came with some minor paint imperfections, side mirror and window molding installed incorrectly, and not to mention the front fender and trunk lid having large gaps. GM did have the dealer,Todd Wenzel Buick repair the paint and the window molding. I now have a new car that has mis-matched paint, tape lines and sanding marks that can be seen through the paint, expected and was promised better. Three trips to the body shop and hours on the phone, car still looks like a terrible. GM is not interested in quality at this point and are unwilling to stand behind their product!
I'm about to wrap up my 24-month lease. For the most part, I'm happy. What they say about this Regal (nee Opel Insignia) being unlike Buicks of lore is true. Handling is precise, ride is firm (in a good way), interior design is clean, all very European. And it looks fantastic, especially with the 18" or 19" rims. Content is good too, for the price. Now, the issues: first, the mileage for the eAssist hybrid I have is WAY overstated - I drive 70% highway and never get more than 24 MPGs. Lack of power and harshness in non-Turbo engines is noticable. Quality control still has a way to go, e.g. paint flaws & loose trim. If I had gotten the turbo or GS, I'd rate it a solid A. With the hybrid, B+.
Overall a nice driving experience but had lot of trouble with this car. Recall, wheel bearing going in less than 60,000 miles and the dealership could never fix the problems with the front seat. Brought it in 5 times and it never worked right. I had problems with the lumbar support, when they fixed that the seat heater didn't work. Brought it back and they said it was fixed but it still didn't work. Each time I brought it in I had to make a new appointment so they could "send it out." Long story short the dealership could not make it function and GM would not let me take it anywhere else since eventually the warranty expired. This will be my last GM for a while. By the way, once I sold the car I could still open locks, start vehicle, etc. since it was still connected to my smart phone. Beware the "internet of things" and whatever you have connected to the internet. This is a big security risk of these vehicle.
Carbon Black Metallic ($195); Audio System With Navigation ($1,145 -- includes AM/FM/XM stereo with MP3 CD player, USB and AUX port, MP3/WMA playback, iPod support, 7-inch color touchscreen display, multifunction controller, SD memory navigation system, and SD card reader in center console); Power Sunroof ($1,000); 20-by-8.5-Inch Five-Twin-Spoke Polished Alloy Wheels ($700 -- includes P255/35R20 blackwall summer only tires)
$37,474 (plus $885 destination)
Turbocharged, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
The traction control is pretty heavy-handed, and I might've been able to manage a less intrusive launch, but I doubt it. With traction control off, it's hard to hang the revs where I wanted them because the electronics would slowly bring the revs down to 3,000. Had to "zing" the engine up on the first throttle stab, then drop the clutch. Smooth wheelspin is allowed, but any axle hop would cause traction control to reawaken. Shifter has long throws and hates a hurried 1-2 shift where it would refuse to slow-in. Gear ratios feel too far apart because it felt like it fell out of boost with each upshift. Real power only begins above 3,250 rpm.
Firm pedal until the car is at a standstill, then goes to the floor. Excellent fade resistance.
Skid pad: Geez, does this car have a set of tires or what? With ESC on, it'd bleed off throttle as understeer approached. With ESC off, it'd creep up to understeer but I could drive slightly beyond it by lifting/pushing the throttle to coax a little rotation -- good balance, especially for a FWD car. Steering weight is good, as is "traditional" return to center resistance. So-so feel for ebbing grip. Slalom: Because this car has so much grip but so little tire howl (and little steering feel) it's one of those "you gotta have faith" cars. Everything says this shouldn't work and yet it does. Steering is very precise and car is neutral so I could use drop-throttle to rotate around each cone. Even went wide-open throttle at exit with all that bite.