Not as well as the ST. It has the same suspension as the standard Verano, just tuned a little stiffer up front to accommodate the heavier engine. The seats aren't Recaros. The car isn't designed for performance, it's entry luxury with some speed because the other engine (NA 2.4) is sloooooooooow.
I still OWN a Pontiac and don't consider killing it off a wrong decision. All those brands within GM using essentially badge engineered platforms, made it pointless. So you get a different flavor for the same car? BFD. I still think Buick should have been killed off in the US.GM was dead to me after they killed Pontiac. They alienated a loyal customer in me (I was a GM loyal until they basically turned dull and vanilla... and stopped making supercharged V6s) and lost my business.
The Verano Turbo is slightly compelling, but I know it won't hold a candle to the ST in the handling department.