The 2021 Buick Encore GX Vs Jaguar E-Type
The subcompact luxury crossover class is a dog-eat-dog environment. Newer, better models come in every year and no manufacturer can afford to stay out of the race for the ultimate five-seater luxury SUV. But with knives drawn out, some will inevitably fall victim. Today we pit the brand-new 2021 Buick Encore GX against its overseas rival, the 2021 Jaguar E-Type to see which of the two is more deserving of your money.
Spoiler alert, it’s the Encore GX. By far.
Now let’s see why.
1. Standard safety features
It’s worth mentioning, before we get into the details, that the E-Type is almost twice the price of the Encore GX. It’s almost always that it looks the other way around, but while the GX starts at around $23,000, the Jaguar begins at a hair below 40k.
What safety features do you get for that much money? Well, the Jag comes with Automatic Emergency Braking and Active Lane Control, both highly important and in-demand active safety features.
What do you get on the Encore GX for half the price?
Standard Encore GX safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Twice the features, half the price.
2. Standard features in general
The 2021 E-Type spoils all of its owners with All-Wheel Drive, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated outside mirrors, leather upholstery, ten-way power-adjustable front seats, two simple USB ports, a 10-inch color touch, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Not a bad base model. Until you hear about the Encore GX.
Future Encore GX owners also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus an 8.0-inch color touch complete with GM’s latest infotainment system (considered one of the most responsive and intuitive on the market), Bluetooth audio streaming, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, both USB-A and USB-C ports for the newer smartphone and tablets, HD radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, plus keyless entry and ignition.
Again, all of the above for a bit over half the price.
Here’s where the Jag recuperates a little bit of the distance as it can be equipped with one in two versions of the same engine, a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that can deliver either 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque or 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
The Buick, on the other hand, comes with either a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine at 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque or a 1.3-liter three-cylinder at 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Lower figures but the GX makes up on fuel economy.
While the Jaguar manages 26 and 27 combined mpg respectively, the Buick will deliver 28 mpg on the 1.2-liter and 31 on the bigger 1.3-liter powertrain.
Both the E-Type and the Encore GX exceptional vehicles in their right. It's just that one comes at a 60% markup and offers far fewer standard features for the money, especially when it comes to active safety features. While the GX is loaded with the latest safety technology, the E-Type barely scratches the surface with its far pricier base model.
It's also worth noting that you get a sense of under-delivery with the Jaguar as sub-par materials and questionable craftsmanship is evident throughout its cabin.
If you want to see an overachiever in action, visit us here at Northwest Hills Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Torrington, Connecticut, and our dedicated sales team will gladly arrange for you to take the 2021 Buick Encore GX out for a test drive. A few spins around the block is all you'll need to see just how incredible the model is.