Cadillac CTS 2.0L Turbo

Trusting its composed ride

We took the CTS 2.0L Turbo for our weekend test drive after Dubai Motor Show. Intention was to figure out whether it has any chance in the segment. Basically, it is only the engine which differs from the CTS V6 model; exterior- and interior-wise, there's not a thing to spot that's changed. So first, let's go through the styling department.

Exterior
Lines and corners as sharp as a razor were a common thing across the body, and the whole front fascia was just amazing to see. Cadillac's shield grille is wider and this time has vertical lighting elements including LED front signature lighting detail. The headlamps flow up with the hood line. It's a cluster of 16 indirect LED lights on each headlamp with eight LEDs beginning on the fender of the car and an additional eight LEDs continuing down the front bumper. These LEDs function as daytime running lights. The eight LED lights on the front bumper also do the indicator job and so the whole set up looks sleek and tight. Cadillac has imposed the so called "Art & Science" design philosophy. As mentioned before, CTS has lost some weight and when I say it's the longest in its segment, leaner and lower too, we soon realize it's a practical car made to make life easy. Theoretically, losing some weight is an encouraging factor for a 2 liter engine.

Interior
Let's move on to interiors, a crucial element for those who shortlist the target models before they actually make a decision. We find a great bit of improvement in terms of quality of luxury appointments. Authentic wood, carbon fiber, aluminum pane, premium leather seating with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions induce luxury and comfort. The upper instrument panel is leather-wrapped in a one-piece upper and flows from the base of the windshield down to the base of the center stack, while the "brow" over the instrument cluster reaches across the center stack. Cadillac's CUE infotainment system that features a high-resolution 8 inch touchscreen is quite familiar to me now. Driver's couch is nicely designed which is Cadillac's first 20-way adjustable front seat. With the increase of dimension, CTS has better head and leg room for rear passengers than rivals.

Drivetrain
Under the hood is a six speed automatic transmission system mated to the 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at 272 horsepower 5500rpm with a torque of 400Nm at 1700-5500rpm. Now that's a lot of torque compared to V6's 373Nm. Brembo brakes and 18 inch aluminum wheels are a standard option. In terms of suspension, the front is handled by Multi-link MacPherson struts and in the rear we have a five-link independent suspension.

Features
Speaking about a luxury sedan, how do we miss a long list of safety features such as automatic parking assist, front and rear automatic braking, full speed range adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, adaptive forward lighting and 10 standard air bags. Additionally, we have Cadillac's patented safety alert seat technology which uses vibrating pulses in the driver's seat to alert the driver of any collision or to vehicles in the car's blind spot. For music, there is a standard Bose 11 speaker sound system. 

Verdict
The ride was more or less as expected especially after knowing there was such an awesome chassis. I was curious to see how it behaves with such good torque. It is punchy, and moving forward is good - pretty much close to the V6's performance. Steering control was a joyous exercise with a 100 percent feedback. Turbo had a little roughness at times, but then we liked that note. Once when we took the car though a slalom with quick twists and turns, we realized the stability thanks to Cadillac's Standard Magnetic Ride Control (MCR) damping system which monitors the road surface and firms up the curb. 

At the end, when you look at it, here's a car with a small engine and still we consider placing it in a league with established players. Competition is tough but the CTS 2.0 Liter Turbo can rely on its composed ride, brilliant chassis and last but not least, starting price. 

Specification

Year: 2014
Engine Cylinder: Turbo
Displacement:
2.0 Liter DOHC Dual CVVT
Power: 272 hp
Torque: 400 Nm
Transmission Type: 6 Speed Automatic
Drive: AWD

Performance

0-100: 6.2 Sec
Top Speed: 220 kph
Fuel Efficiency: 10.5 liters/100km

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