Buick Encore GX Vs Buick Encore – nothing like a little brotherly rivalry
We have to be honest on this one, the name confused us at first. Although the Encore GX sounds like a trim level for the Buick Encore, it’s actually a completely different car altogether.
Meant as a replacement for the current Encore, the GX fits right between the soon-to-be outgoing model and the Envision. It’s 2,7 inches bigger than its namesake, with 171.1 inches bumper to bumper, and 1,3 inches wider, sitting at 102.2 wheelbase, plus 1.8 inches higher at 64.1 inches total.
That might not sound like much, but add it all up and you get 23.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and with that folded an impressive 50.2. Compare it with Encore’s 19 and 48 respectively, and you get 4.5 extra cubic feet of cargo space while sitting four passengers comfortably.
As much as we hate to say it, the Encore also starts to show its age. A great model several years back, it doesn’t quite cut it anymore in terms of exterior design. The Encore GX, just introduced in 2020, is at the other side of the spectrum.
Sharp and sleek, it looks very modern and comes in a variety of attractive colors that will be sure to turn a head or two as you drive it down the street. It does keep some of Encore’s features but transports the old model’s lines into the present as you can tell in an instant if you put them next to each other.
Although at first sight you’d be tempted to say both cars come with comparable engines, that’s not the case. First of all, the Encore comes with a tried-and-true 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 that can produce 138 horsepower. It can hold its own when you put it against Encore GX’s base engine, a 1.2-liter three-cylinder that will belt out 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. But where it falls behind is miles per gallon, as the Encore delivers 27 combined and the Encore GX 28.
Things get clearer with the GX’s optional powertrain, something the Encore lacks. It’s a 1.30liter three-cylinder that churns out 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Not only is it significantly more powerful than Encore’s 1.4-liter but it also gets drivers 31 miles per gallon, which is 15% more than what Encore can muster.
When it comes to standard features, both model over-deliver with superb 8.0-inch color touchscreens fitted on both models, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and Bluetooth audio streaming. But, yet again, the GX manages to outperform the Encore as it offers automatic emergency braking as standard, an active safety feature no Encore can be fitted with. In 2020, and considering this is a small crossover aimed primarily at families, that’s a huge difference in favor of the GX.
The price point for entry is comparable with the GX just a fraction above the Encore but with much perkier looks, more interior space, and extra features. Not to mention the prices for higher trims are actually more expensive on the Encore, which makes the GX the obvious choice.
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