2019 Buick Regal TourX vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Regal TourX and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal TourX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Buick dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Regal TourX’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 16th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Regal TourX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (250 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Regal TourX has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Allroad (16.3 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Regal TourX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Regal TourX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Brakes and Stopping

The Regal TourX stops shorter than the Allroad:

 

Regal TourX

Allroad

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Regal TourX is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.

The Regal TourX Essence handles at .88 G’s, while the Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Regal TourX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Regal TourX a Mid-Size Station Wagon car, while the Allroad is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Regal TourX has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (99 vs. 92).

The Regal TourX has .8 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

Cargo Capacity

The Regal TourX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (32.7 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Regal TourX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (73.5 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Regal TourX offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Regal TourX Essence’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Allroad doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Regal TourX’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Allroad does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Regal TourX has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

When the Regal TourX Essence with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Allroad’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Model Availability

The Buick Regal comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi Allroad isn’t available as a four door.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Regal TourX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Regal TourX will cost $155 to $1655 less than the Allroad over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick Regal TourX will be $10478 to $18127 less than for the Audi Allroad.

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