Buick Enclave Interior
The interior of the 2008 Enclave, according to reviewers, is spacious and comfortable. "Seating for eight doesn't mean Enclave will need a trailer to haul luggage," assures AutoWeek. "Haul lots of people, piles of stuff, or some combination; you won't leave much behind." "
The Enclave is a very large box," Road and Track says of the seven- or eight-passenger cabin. "That spaciousness translates into comfortable adult-size seating in all three rows with additional cargo-carrying capacity behind the rear three-passenger bench." Edmunds likes the feel of sitting in the driver's seat, saying, "The Enclave's cabin feels upscale. Its surfaces are low-gloss and the various panels fit together nicely."
The first thing most reviewers notice about sitting in the Enclave is what a quiet place it is. Car and Driver explains, "A triple assault was launched to reduce as much noise as possible at the source, block noise that could not be entirely eliminated, and absorb pesky decibels that invade anyway." The result, says Road and Track, is that "the cabin is quiet and calm." "Buick paid attention to little things," the reports. "Tiny perforations in the leather upholstery also absorbed noise." The pilot of this quiet ride gets an eight-way adjustable bucket seat, while the front passenger's bucket seat is adjustable four ways. New Car Test Drive reports, "The seats we sat in were comfortable and supportive."
The second row can seat either two or three, depending on whether it's ordered with the bench seat or captain's chairs. The second row has a "Smart Slide" feature to facilitate climbing into the third row. Edmunds says, "With one pull on a fat plastic lever, the seat bottom flips forward and the seat back slides forward, pushing the seat bottom to the back of the front seat. It's easier to do than to describe. It's a clever solution." Car and Driver writes, "A six-foot-four colleague pronounces the third row 'usable,' but another tall tester notes the front seatbelt harness does not adjust above abnormal shoulder level."
New Car Test Drive notes, "What really sets the Enclave apart is its modern cabin, with stylish illumination, crisp graphics, genuine wood trim and nice leather." Many reviewers agree. Motor Trend, however, points out, "The handsome mahogany steering-wheel trim snitches on the veracity of the dash and door-trim 'wood.' The wood and the leather steering-wheel rim feels good in your hands, but contrasts harshly with the hard plastic on the back of the steering-wheel hub." Edmunds also remarks on the somewhat inconsistent quality of the interior materials, "the Enclave's cabin feels upscale. Its surfaces are low-gloss and the various panels fit together nicely. Unfortunately, Buick appears to have spent its entire allotment of interior money for those in the front two rows. By the time the company got to the third row, the designers had only enough money left for a single, almost featureless piece of hard plastic as wall decoration." Road and Track reports, "The dash features three arches trimmed in wood. The vents are elegant ovals, and even the PRNDL readout on the center console is encased in a clear lens, a concept-car touch that never seems to make it into production."
When it comes to convenience, however, Edmunds complains that "Buick has made some odd choices for standard equipment convenience items. For example, our front-seat passenger wondered why all Enclaves come with a standard power-operated rear hatch, but she had a manual control for her seat recline." Car and Driver contends, "Parents will appreciate the kid distractions: a DVD player and outlets and plugs for video games and iPods." The finds, "The optional navigation system is excellent."
However, the Enclave's optional navigation system is also bundled in an Entertainment Package that might be more than you're willing to sign up for. If you're looking for a simplified and portable navigation system, check out our GPS reviews before heading to the store.
The Enclave offers good cargo capacity for its class. AutoWeek reports, "With 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space available behind the third row, you can bring plenty of gear for the ride," while "folding all seats net 116.2 cubic feet of storage." Because of this, NewCars.com judges, "The Enclave is likely a better choice than the typical midsize SUV with respect to transporting cargo, especially if you frequently need to carry a lot of stuff or massive dogs." Car and Driver finds the storage space behind the third row passes "muster when loaded with a little red wagon and groceries," but is more impressed by the storage space afforded by folding the third row flat, writing, "We watched the space swallow four carry-on suitcases and four golf bags." New Car Test Drive likes that "there's lots of convenient cubby storage."