2014 Cadillac ATS | new car review

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 by
2014 Cadillac ATS
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 95%
  • Interior
    Editor: 95%
  • Quality
    Editor: 90%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 95%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

Built in Michigan, the ATS is the smallest model in the brand’s line-up and slots in below the larger CTS. The competition consists of the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, however from the looks of it, the ATS hasn’t got anything to be worried about.

Pros

Exterior design
Interior finishing
Powerful engine

Cons

Cramped rear seat

Looks

The BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 are by no means unattractive, but line them up beside the 2014 Cadillac ATS and the American just stands out, like a splash of fluorescent pink paint would on a completely black wall.  With stylish LED’s running along the headlamps, a taut expression, beautiful ascending contours running along the sides and an aggressively designed rear, Cadillac has used all the right ingredients to create an absolute stunner.

2014 Cadillac ATS front

Feels

Right off the bat, the interior of the Cadillac is heaps better than its competitors. It isn’t uninteresting like that of the Bimmer or as bland as that of the Audi. Instead, its got flowing lines that house between them, leather, wood trim and capacitive touch switches along the centre stack. Granted, it’s a bit tight in the back, but hey, you can’t have everything, right?

2014 Cadillac ATS interior

Engineering

Aerodynamic innovations in the ATS include active aero grille shutters and inconspicuous underbody aero shields that smoothly direct air around and under the body for maximum fuel efficiency and minimum wind noise in the cabin.

What’s on offer?

The 2.5 litre 4 cylinder direct injection engine is mated to a 6 speed transmission and sends an impressive 202 horsepower to the rear wheels. But to really feel what the ATS is all about and make full use of the standard Brembo brakes, it’s the 321 horsepower V6 variant you’d want to go for.

2014 Cadillac ATS side + rear

Summing it…

Opting for the Cadillac ATS over the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 is almost a no-brainer. It’s better equipped, cheaper, faster, and a lot better looking. So there isn’t much left to say except, Sayonara Germans.

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