Auto review by Veeno Dewan
The Cadillac CT4-V and its larger stable mate CT5- V are the new luxury compact sport’s sedans now on sale. As usual with Cadillac styling, the two cars look stylish, and unique. There is a nice coiled look to the car from the ¾ view the blacked-out grille is framed by a pair of vertical LED lights that streak back into the top of the fenders. The look is finished off with fat 20 inch wheels with red high-performance brake calipers. The CT4, and the CT4-V add plenty of new features, and next generation infotainment systems.
The CT4 –V offers a 2.7-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 325 horsepower and for the CT5-V, a larger 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with 360 hp. The transmission is ten-speed auto unit, and there is choice of front wheel drive or all-wheel-drive. There is also a list of option packages for extra equipment, such as, a sunroof, and black painted 19-inch wheels and interior accessories
There will be V8 powered versions of the CT4 and CT5 with both the “V” Moniker the Blackwing name that are set to take on the might of the BMW M and Mercedes-AMG sedans. Now that will be interesting!
We tested a CT4- V edition sedan base with the four cylinder turbo unit priced at $45,398. Fully loaded with options, the final tally for our tester came to $59,580 including a destination charge of $2.100 .Options included such items as: V-Series Preferred Equipment Group, driver and passenger power lumbar massage, power sunroof, Front Lighting and Assist Package, Red Brembo front brakes, and 19 inch wheels.
Meanwhile the CT5-V cabins feature roomy spaces with a black-on-black colour scheme. You get carbon-fibre trim and a suede-like finish on the steering wheel. The front seat are very comfortable and along with the rear seats there is a feeling of more room and space to stretch out and relax than its competitors. The CT4-V’s offers 303 L trunk capacity. Overall the cabin is well put together and luxurious
Nothing too flashy on the dash, but Cadillac having adopted a new electrical architecture, dubbed the “Vehicle Intelligence Platform.” There is a really good infotainment system with all the high-tech features you need, such as heated and ventilated leather seats, a premium stereo, heated steering wheel, head-up display, and even on-board Wi-Fi are all here. The Cadillac User Experience, or CUX, has been updated with quicker response whether you use the touch screen or utter voice commands. The new system also has much more advanced cybersecurity built in, and it also permits smartphone-style over-the-air update. Wireless phone charging, and Amazon Alexa connectivity is also present. The 8-inch touchscreen feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as providing the interface for the optional navigation system.
On the safety side, the CT4 gets the expected list of advanced driver assistance systems, including active cruise, forward collision with auto braking, blind-spot detection and more. The sedan also will soon share the Super Cruise system first introduced on the big CT6 sedan.
On the road, , the CT4 we test drove impresses with torque coming ion very strong thanks to the four- cylinder turbo engine that makes good use of the 10-speed automatics quick ability to snick in and out of the right gear for the speed. A handy “V” button on the steering wheel lets drivers quickly select a customizable driving mode. From “Tour” to Sport mode. Tour, mode provides a smoother ride and thanks to the latest iteration of the magnetic ride control system. Sport mode offers a firmer ride that errs on the side more control and speed through corners Performance is helped by the mechanical rear limited-slip differential, magnetic ride control suspension that means it feels precise, with balanced, handling through longer corners. The suspension is a standout with its ability to absorb bumps and minimizing body roll in sudden cornering weight transfers. Fuel economy (litres/100 kilometres): 11.5 city/8.2 highway.
Not much too complain about. The steering is decent with a quick ratio, but it could use more feel; such is the case with nearly all electrically assisted systems these days. The four – cylinder version needs good right foot boot before torque arrives on song. The CT4 –V is up against some very strong competition – the reigning BMW M3 and the Mercedes Benz AMG come to mind. But acquits itself well- you still get the style, prestige, and rewarding driving experience. The Germans have the edge, but when compared to similarly equipped Audi, Mercedes, or BMW models, the Cadillac looks like a real bargain. Well worth taking a test drive in and highly recommended.
Pricing: 2020 Cadillac CT4-V Base price: $45,398. Price as tested with options and destination – $59,580.
More info at www.cadillac.ca