Arrived at port a couple weeks ago, and at the local dealer last week -- taking delivery on Wednesday this week.
Here's what I wrote up for a friend recently based on the test drive:
- Very rare combination of all-wheel-drive in a sedan with sufficient rear seat legroom for adults along with 60/40 rear seat fold-down plus center pass-through, with additional cargo capacity and versatility via hatchback design (that still looks and feels like a sedan). So the only direct competitors (at any price point) are Audi A7 (@ ~2x the price!) and Opel Insignia (unfortunately badge-engineered by Buick, as the Regal Sportback).
- Overall driving performance that seems just about right for my tastes (i.e., half-step or so up from a Subaru Legacy, but not a wannaba hot rod like the Kia Stinger), and overall cabin comfiness is fine (i.e., not a stiff low ride like the Stinger).
- Lots of tech (especially in the SEL-Premium trim), whether for safety, practicality, and/or just plain fun.
- Lots of interior niceties (e.g., rear seat passengers get to control temperature on their vents), although no more opulent than the very highest trim line on a top medium-size sedan from the mainstream Japanese brands (but then again, this is a VW, not an Audi, so what else do you expect?).
- Cargo area has room for a full-size spare … and the SEL-P even comes equipped with a full-size spare!
- Cabin storage is really skimpy.
- Rear passenger outlet is tastefully covered with a little flap … but is cig-style only, not USB?!?
- Many (many) button blanks to remind you of all the options you didn’t buy … but even on the top trim line, where you did buy everything that was purchasable!
- The incongruously retro analog clock is at best amusingly incongruous, although then again, I’ve gotten used to the prominently located hazard lights button in the same place on my Legacy (i.e., as if any second you might immediately need to hit that button!).
- No wireless charging slot for a phone, although I personally don’t care since I just bought the cheapo Motorola Moto G7 Power for its crazy-long battery life (i.e., can go three days w/o charging). But strange to have this feature missing, since even the Buick Regal Sportback has it (and if you really want to complain about a purportedly luxurious car interior that is merely nice at best even in the highest trim line for AWD, then you really should check it out -- if you can find one anywhere...).
- Although I don’t care much about having to pay extra for Premium and although I don’t care that much about mpg, I do miss the insanely long cruising range of my Legacy (i.e., could reliably go on eight-hour roundtrips without refueling and with still a buffer of about another hour of driving range).