Cadillac ATS

Cadillac world of wonders in a smaller package

"If you like Cadillac's Art & Science deco, you will feel at home in the ATS"

"ATS is the perfect car to carry Cady's DNA," said Nabil

"The cabin is covered in high-quality materials"

"With every gear change, the V6 grins and roars emitting the right kind of sounds"

It was no secret that Cadillac wanted an entry luxury car that could spread its success furthermore, especially after the success of its midsize CTS and full luxury XTS. The answer is the ATS: the perfect car to carry Cady's DNA and fights the likes of Audi A4s, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, Infiniti's new Q50 and Mercedes C Class, a segment which is the bestselling segment in the premium-car world and is based mainly on sporting credentials, luxury and lots and lots of pizzazz.

Cadillac's engineers started fresh for the ATS, developing a new rear and AWD platform named Alpha, said to feature nearly 50/50 front/rear weight balance, a major recipe for excellent road holding. The shape is familiar Cadillac taking a lot of details and cues from the family design DNA, from the egg-crate grille face to the vertical taillights. But the ATS is far less dramatically styled than the new CTS, for example. So, if you like Cadillac's Art & Science deco, you will feel at home in the ATS.

The ATS's FE3 suspension provides tour, sport and winter damping modes. In every setting, body motions are tightly controlled and the ride is surprisingly firm but with no punishing harshness at all, maintaining a nice soft ride on the side. The steering has the most immediate and quick response we've seen in the segment. Turn the wheel a handful of degrees, and the car changes direction instantly with no hesitation at all while body roll is kept at a minimum. While the electric power assist provides less feedback than we'd like, this steering is at least quick and nicely weighted.

In sport mode and with super sticky Bridgestone Potenza, the ATS is assured and confident at triple digit speeds boosting the driver confidence; push more and the ATS never bites or snaps back. The Brembo-clad brakes compliment the sporting credentials of the car, as we saw 115 km-to-0 braking distance of 52 meters with no fade after many repeated stops. 

Pros: light, fast and all Cadillac
Cons: tight rear seat legroom
Rivals: Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, Mercedes C Class


Engine: 3.6 V6, 321 hp, 373 Nm
Transmission: RWD, 6-speed auto transmission with manual shifting and paddle shifters
Performance: 0-100 km (5.5 seconds), top speed (242 kph)
Weight: 1570 kg

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