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Buick recently introduced its latest addition, the 2024 Envista. Positioned below the Encore GX, this new subcompact crossover offers a smaller vehicle at a lower price. It’s an attractive premium SUV thanks to its high-tech features, sleek styling, and affordable price. In fact, even the most expensive Envista trim costs less than the Volvo XC40 base model.

This article will explore the 2024 Buick Envista and compare its range-topping Avenir trim to the cheapest Volvo XC40. We’ll also touch on other models in the XC40 lineup.

The 2024 Buick Envista offers 3 trim levels

2024 Buick Envista Dashboard View
2024 Buick Envista | Buick

The 2024 Envista offers three trim levels: Preferred, Sport Touring, and Avenir. For this comparison, here are details about the base model and top trim:

Buick starts the Preferred trim at $23,495. Its 1.2-liter engine, which mates to a six-speed automatic transmission, makes 136 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.

The base model’s standard features include automatic climate control, a 40/60 split-folding rear seat, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and LED headlights. Options include an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, wireless smartphone charging, and a power liftgate. Also, available advanced driver-assistance systems are adaptive cruise control, lane change alert with side blind-zone warning, and rear-cross traffic alert.

On the other hand, the range-topping Envista Avenir touts many premium features and luxurious touches. Starting at $29,695, the Avenir includes the same attractive amenities the lower trims offer. However, it adds upscale features such as exclusive 19-inch aluminum wheels with a pearl nickel finish, remote start, leather-appointed front seats, and Avenir-embroidered front-seat head restraints. Advanced safety features, such as forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist, are also standard.

How does the 2023 Volvo XC40 Core compare to the 2024 Buick Envista Avenir?

The 2024 Buick Envista Avenir presents a compelling value proposition compared to the 2023 Volvo XC40 Core. While the Avenir provides an elevated air of luxury, the Core focuses on simplicity and functionality.

The Volvo SUV’s standard mild-hybrid powertrain makes 194 hp and has front-wheel drive. And notable features include Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play Store for four years. The base model also comes with cruise control, a parking assist camera, 18-inch black diamond-cut wheels, interior mid-level illumination, and cloth upholstery.

But despite offering more luxury, the Avenir’s starting price is lower than that of the XC40 Core, which starts at $37,645. The Avenir is more affordable yet doesn’t skimp on premium amenities.

Arguably, the XC40 Core’s only significant advantages are its optional all-wheel drive and more potent 247-hp engine.

Other XC40 trims offer more at a higher price

For consumers wanting a more luxurious experience, Volvo also offers the top-tier 2023 XC40 Ultimate. The MSRP for the Ultimate is $45,795. This trim adds a Harman Kardon premium audio system, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, a hands-free power liftgate, and other amenities.

There’s also the Volvo XC40 Recharge. For eco-conscious buyers, this plug-in hybrid vehicle presents an appealing option. But the starting MSRP is much higher: $53,550. This PHEV combines a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with an electric motor, offering enhanced fuel efficiency and lower emissions. It also provides the convenience of electric-only driving for short trips and the peace of mind of a gasoline engine for longer journeys, appealing to consumers who might avoid EVs due to range anxiety.

The 2024 Buick Envista is a bargain with its affordable luxury compared to the entry-level XC40 Core. However, Volvo provides additional options, such as the luxurious XC40 Ultimate, the eco-friendly XC40 Recharge, and AWD. But those come at a considerable cost.

With its attractive features, comfortable interior, and reasonable price, the 2024 Buick Envista Avenir is a compelling alternative for drivers seeking a refined experience for less than the price of the base-model XC40.