2014 Cadillac CTS | new car review

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 by
2014 Cadillac CTS
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 185,000 - 230,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 100%
  • Interior
    Editor: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 90%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The Catera Touring Sedan or CTS, as it's now known, started its life in 2003 as a mid-sized luxury sports car. Currently in its third generation, it looks better than ever and faces competition from the Germans and Brits.

Pros

Exterior styling
Interior quality
Engines

Cons

Rear legroom

Looks

Even beginning to describe the beauty of the 2014 CTS is almost criminal, because words alone are unlikely to do justice to this American masterpiece. So I’ll tell you, it looks ridiculously similar to its younger sibling, the ATS, and that isn’t a bad thing at all. Together, they’re like those stunning sisters that every guy had a crush on at university.

2014 Cadillac CTS front

Feels

Rich leather and wood dominate majority of the interior. With bits of chrome on the dashboard and door panels, ambient lighting and electronic cupholder covers, the sheer feeling of luxury offered by the CTS is far superior to that of the German BMW 5-Series or British Jaguar XF. On the other hand, the guys at Cadillac did something rather strange by dropping the rear legroom from 915mm in the second generation model, to 899mm in the current generation model. You can’t help but wonder why, because now the CTS pales in comparison to the BMW 5-Series that measures in at 917mm.

2014 Cadillac CTS interior

Engineering

Being a premium sedan, the 2014 Cadillac CTS packs in an extraordinary amount of tech. For starters, when equipped with Automatic Parking Assist, it continuously scans for an available parking space and automatically steers itself into the space – leaving the driver to simply control the gears and pedals.

What’s on offer?

The 2.0 litre turbo unit manages to stir up 272 horsepower, and that sounds more than sufficient to have a bit of fun when coupled with Caddy’s Magnetic Ride Control and Brembo brakes up front. But there’s also a 3.6 litre V6 on offer, that musters up 321 horsepower and is definitely the one we’d go for.

2014 Cadillac CTS side + rear

Summing it…

Though they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I’m sure everyone agrees that the Cadillac CTS is much better looking than the BMW 5-Series and Jaguar XF. But hold your horses, because it does come with its flaws. Firstly, its AED 15,000 pricier than the Jaguar XF, and secondly, it isn’t as spacious as the BMW 5-Series. But if you’re willing to overlook its shortcomings, there isn’t anything quite like the 2014 Cadillac CTS out there.

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