While some luxury manufacturers are abandoning cars altogether in favor of SUVs, Cadillac continues to try its luck by not offering one, but two sedans. Indeed, the new CT4 and CT5 are in a way the respective evolutions of the ATS and CTS.
The Car guide recently tested the CT5-V, the sportiest version of the lineup. Here’s what we thought about it!
A more accessible V
With its new CT5-V, Cadillac wants to offer a sedan focused on performance without necessarily going overboard.
Until 2019, the American luxury brand offered a V version of the late CTS. The latter surpassed the CT5-V, yes, but they have very little in common. Indeed, let’s remember that the CTS-V was powered by a monstrous 6.2L supercharged V8 engine that produced no less than 640 horsepower. This is enough to blow up the sturdiest perms! With the CT5-V, Cadillac is targeting a less nested market with a sedan that is much less radical and above all, accessible to a greater number of consumers.
Under its hood is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 360 horsepower and 405 lb-ft. This allows the car to go from 0 to 100 km / h in about five seconds, all in a vehicle that is just comfortable enough and all that is more techno.
If that’s not enough for you, know that a more powerful Blackwing version should see the light of day in the coming months. And good news, we can opt for a manual gearbox. Like what Cadillac does not forget the diehards of car driving.
Cadillac is still working to improve its image to be as desirable as the German luxury brands. With a product like the CT5, we are definitely taking a step in the right direction. When it comes to design, we have to admit that it is downright elegant.
Its extended front part and condensed back give it a pretty silhouette. With stylistic elements and black accents, as well as dark rims, we find it particularly to our liking. At a time when sedans were no longer popular, Cadillac managed to design them with a contemporary look.
And what about its sound! Although there are no eight cylinders under the hood, the designers of this sedan managed to squeeze a very interesting sound from the V6 engine. The latter largely contributes to the pleasure felt at the wheel of this car.
What about consumption?
During our test period, the on-board computer recorded an average fuel consumption of 13.5 L / 100 km. For its part, Natural Resources Canada announces a fuel consumption rating of 11.8 L / 100 km in combined driving. For 2021, the government body announces a rating revised downwards, or 11.1 L / 100 km.
Note that the manufacturer recommends the use of premium gasoline.
No need to take the V
The Cadillac CT5 is available in a series of variants. If the entry-level CT5, which is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, is not impressive as our colleague Marc Lachapelle pointed out, other versions are, on the other hand, significantly more convincing. This is the case of the CT5-V and its twin-turbo 3.0 L V6.
That said, if you want to get this engine without necessarily leaving an arm in it, you can choose the Luxury Top-of-the-range model and check the option of the twin-turbo V6 engine at a cost of $ 4,025. You will enjoy power and torque of 335 hp and 400 lb-ft, which is slightly lower than the V version. Paradoxically, the Sport variant can only be delivered with the base engine, which is the block. 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Power and torque generated by it comes in at 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft.
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Whichever you choose, you’ll get a ten-speed automatic transmission. Although a multitude of driving modes are available, know that it is enough to press the V button positioned on the steering wheel to transform the car. It’s as if suddenly the patent leather shoe becomes a sneaker.
Note also that the CT5-V comes with a magnetic performance suspension, an electronic limited-slip rear differential and even a launch control (Launch Control). The CT5-V is also available with the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system.
For all versions, the consumer has the choice between rear-wheel drive and a four-wheel drive system. It’s a safe bet that a majority of Quebec buyers will prefer a four-wheel drive car in order to face winter with greater ease. This is an option costing $ 2,200 for the CT5-V.
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How much does it cost?
Our 2021 Cadillac CT5-V cost $ 67,723 because it was equipped with a host of options. With four-wheel drive, the 2021 model starts at $ 52,098. When you finance it over 60 months, you get a 0% rate, which generates payments of $ 895. Leased over 36 months at a 2.9% rate, it will cost you $ 802.
In contrast, the basic version will cost you $ 757 per month for financing over 60 months. On a 36 month 8.99% lease, you will pay $ 908 per month.
The conclusion couldn’t be easier to draw.
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Give it a chance
If the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 look similar a priori, they are relatively different. You should know that if you find yourself cramped in a CT4, the situation is quite different when you take a seat on board your big sister. It is more spacious and you feel more comfortable there.
The CT5 is a refined, successful and refreshing product in this world overflowing with sport utility vehicles. However, despite its qualities that we have highlighted, many buyers of this type of car will shun it because of prejudices – founded or not! All I ask of you, consumers of luxury sports sedans, is to go see it in a showroom. Take the time to observe it up close, climb aboard and take a quick test drive.
Unfortunately for the product that is the CT5, many will not even consider it in their buying process. And wrongly!