9 speed transmission
I don't have a lot of miles on my 2.0t/9sp combo (little over 3800 miles), but so far am pleased with the shift quality. The low speed upshifts are short which is good for fuel economy (the same way you would drive a manual to save gas), but the torque of the engine covers this well (I found this wasn't true when I tried 87 octane).
As has been true since the dawn of transverse front wheel drive, tip-in/tip-out bumps still remain an issue and with so many gear ratios it is easy to have a downshift or upshift event coincide with one of these bumps to give a pretty clunky overall experience.
2019 Equinox Premier 2.0t, purchased 8/17/19, build date 6/11/19Irridescent Pearl, black leather