Buick Verano Interior
Overall, reviewers have few issues with the Verano’s cabin. They do think its rear row is tight, though that complaint is common in this class, and find the interior controls confusing. Those complaints are overshadowed by reviewer praise. Many test drivers think the cabin is one of the quietest in the class, is very well-made and has a large trunk.
- "The understated interior is composed of quality materials. Most surfaces are made of nicely grained or finished plastics. ... Overall, the ambiance is surprisingly posh." -- Consumer Guide
- "Like its larger LaCrosse sibling, the compact Buick Verano features an interior outfitted in high-quality materials and rich colors, with comfortable seats and an artfully drawn dash that flows gracefully into the doors." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Five tuned chambers subdue the engine's induction roar. As a result, the Verano goes beyond library quiet to achieve the peace and tranquillity of a vacant coal mine." -- Car and Driver (2012)
A lot of test drivers think the Buick Verano’s cabin is exceptionally quiet, and although that’s what they expect from a Buick, they’re still very impressed with its ability to block out so much road and engine noise. The Verano seats five, and like most upscale small cars, reviewers say the front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of space. They also find that rear visibility is good. Reviewer critiques of the rear seats aren’t as consistent. Some test drivers think there’s plenty of leg- and headroom for two adults, but others think the rear seats are too cramped.
- "Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the front-passenger space is roomy and inviting. The seats are comfortable with decent support, which is a surprise given the car's luxury (rather than sporty) bent. Rear visibility is fine, though the outside mirrors could be a bit bigger." -- Consumer Guide
- "Quiet operation is key for a car with luxury aspirations, and it's a Verano strong suit. ... Even at wide-open throttle, ambient noise in the cabin is low enough for normal conversation. Buick calls the Verano the ‘quietest compact sedan on the road,’ a claim that's hard to dispute." -- Popular Mechanics (Turbo)
- "Rear seating was tight for adults, requiring front occupants to slide forward a couple inches to fit everyone agreeably. Yet with such luxurious accommodations up front, it's easy to forget that the Verano is a compact car." -- Autoblog (2012)
- "The rear bucket seats provide ample leg-, shoulder- and headroom for two across, but this isn't much of a five-passenger sedan. The inelegantly stowed rear armrest does not make a comfortable seatback and there's no head restraint for the hump rider either." -- Inside Line (2012)
All Verano models come standard with a six-speaker stereo, a touch-screen display, USB and auxiliary ports, satellite radio and Bluetooth. A rearview camera and IntelliLink, which is a voice-activated infotainment system, are also standard. Optional features include a nine-speaker Bose stereo and push-button start, as well as safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert.
Test drivers do not mention the sound quality of the Verano’s standard and optional stereo systems, nor do they mention if the navigation system is easy to use. Reviewers do, however, focus on the plethora of buttons on the dashboard, and some test drivers are confused and overwhelmed by them. In particular, auto critics think that the buttons are too similar, too close together and poorly labeled. Some auto critics disagree, and say the layout is logical with appropriately-labeled buttons. Although there are a lot of complaints, one reviewer says that the touch-screen controls are easy to use.
- "Unlike the current Buick Regal, which serves up a visually and ergonomically challenging center stack, the Verano's is logical and well labeled while offering a crisp, color touchscreen (even without the optional navigation system)." -- Inside Line (2012)
- "Less pleasing is the layout of the instrument panel, which features a confusing array of similar-looking buttons, a fault partially countered by the bright, easy-to-use and intuitively arranged 7-inch touch-screen interface that controls the audio system." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Verano suffers from the same control issues that plague other Buicks, primarily too many look-alike buttons clustered too close together on the central dashboard stack. A few buttons use abbreviations whose meanings are not immediately apparent." -- Consumer Guide
- "With the exception of the oddly located start/stop button just below the touchscreen (leaving a strange growth on the side of the steering column on vehicles without it), everything seems logically placed." -- Autoblog (2012)
The Verano has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space if you don’t select the Bose stereo. With this feature, trunk space decreases to 14 cubic feet. Test drivers find that the available cargo space is good for the class, but one reviewer thinks Buick should have included a keyhole or release button for opening the trunk.
- "For a compact car, this is healthy size. The back seat has a decent amount of space for an average-build adult, and the trunk is borderline cavernous for this class of car." -- AutoWeek (2012)
- "The trunk is deep and the opening wide. The lack of a decklid trunk-release button or keyhole is a curious omission, however." -- Consumer Guide
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