2014 Cadillac CTS | road test

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 by
2014 Cadillac CTS
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AEDAED 185,000 - AED 230,000
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  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

Cadillac is known as the luxury manufacturer of the American car makers. As we look back in time owning a Cadillac was the symbol of wealth and status in the US. We got a chance to drive the redesigned and reworked 2014 2.0 for a few days, and the car was a very pleasant surprise.

Pros

Space age design
Cabin quality and feel
Handling

Cons

Touch buttons
Somewhat underpowered

The 2014 Cadillac CTS is very pleasant to drive and even more pleasing to look at, thanks to the reworked design of the CTS. It is also loaded with so much technology that you will stumble upon something new every time you go for a drive. Let’s look at what the CTS had to offer.

Comfort and Practicality

The cockpit of the Cadillac CTS was one of the most inviting places to be in. It was spacious and cosy at the same time, providing a very comfortable feeling while mixing it with a little sportiness. When in the driver’s seat, you are within reach of literally every single control in the car without having to put any effort into it, the same goes for the glove box as it is electronically opened. The CTS can hold four average sized adults comfortably thanks to the larger size than the previous model which provides extra legroom for the back seat riders. The CTS is classified as a mid-sized luxury sedan, therefore its practicality is on point. It provides a good sense of luxury that I can safely say competes with the German makers and is also a good car for a small family all while keeping its awesome looks.

2014 Cadillac CTS interior

Design and Style

As soon as your eyes catch a glimpse of the Cadillac CTS you are taken aback by the sheer angriness of the front end! The huge menacing grille along with LED lights that start at the corner of each side of the bumper and end just before the middle of the hood makes it one of the best looking front ends I have seen in a while – you can imagine these LED’s getting closer in your rear view mirror. The sharp corners and futuristic lines are evident all around the car which makes the car great to look at from every angle.

2014 Cadillac CTS exterior collage

Features

The main feature of the CTS is the 12 inch screen that displays the instrument cluster.  This can be changed to show 4 different setups of the gauges depending on the driver’s preference. The CUE infotainment system by Cadillac integrates everything in the car to show on the 8 inch screen in the centre. This system shows you every single detail that you need from tire pressure, to how clear the sky is for that day. The CTS we tested had the 13 speaker Bose  sound system which sounded great, except for the rear blind that rattled at high bass levels, this was fixed by raising the rear blind. I noticed in most cars, the rear view mirror is usually flimsy and vibrates when the volume is turned up, but this was not the case with the CTS; the mirror was sturdy and needed muscle to reposition. The controls in the Cadillac are somewhat of a letdown, mainly because they are all touch and slide instead of buttons and knobs. The shiny finish of the centre stacks also means that you will always have fingerprints all over the place which is extremely unnerving.

Safety features are where the Cadillac shines, mainly because warnings for features such as the lane departure system are delivered through vibrations in the driver’s seat. This grabs the driver’s attention more than let’s say, an audio warning. The main feature in this department is the collision prevention system for both the front and the back of the car. I experienced this first hand when I was backing into a parking spot and a person walked behind the car, the Cadillac applied the brakes on its own. The Cadillac is also equipped with the latest in high-tech airbags all around the car in addition to the adaptive tensioning seat-belts that stiffen and give slack depending on the G-forces applied to the occupant.

2014 Cadillac CTS head up display

Performance and Handling

The model we tested was the 2.0 turbocharged 4-wheel drive version. This provided an excellent 272 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque through the entire RPM range. This allowed it to accelerate from 0-100 in a tested 6.6 seconds. When compared to the bigger engine choices of this car, the 2.0T is nothing to rave about, but the handling on this is amazing. The chassis responsiveness is also nothing short of spectacular where it follows the path that you have set for it without any issues. Fuel consumption was good on the CTS as on highway speeds consumption was no more than 8.6 L/100KM and in city driving, the figure hovered around the 10 L/100KM mark.

2014 Cadillac CTS exterior-2

Cost and Verdict

The starting price of the Cadillac CTS is AED 185,000. This is a competitive price when compared to other mid-sized luxury sedans. Cadillac aims at providing luxury and technology that will give German automakers such as BMW and Mercedes a run for their money. I believe with this new CTS, Cadillac is on the right track. The options that are available for the CTS come at a much better price when comparing it with a German equivalent of the same trim.

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