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Rent Cadillac CTS: road of changes

Rent Cadillac CTS: road of changes

09.02.2018
This sedan became a worthy competitor to the German premium trio represented by BMW, Mercedes and Audi. How does the new generation of Cadillac CTS look like? Let’s rent the car and check it.

This sedan became a worthy competitor to the German premium trio represented by BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

To further consolidate its market position, the Americans decided to release its new generation adapting the car to meet the modern standards. How does the new generation of Cadillac CTS look like? Let’s rent the car and check it.

Exterior

The latest Cadillac CTS looks more impressive and elegant. Slanted headlights going down to the wings, vertical LED daytime running lights, a massive big-celled radiator grille and a massive bumper with expressive stampings catch the eye. The body is notable for bulging wheel arches, a voluminous hood, a low roof and nice proportions.

Interior

The interior surprises with the highest quality of finishing materials, as well as their diversity. However, the assembly might have been more neat: there are substantial gaps between panels.

The dashboard design combines luxury and progressiveness. In particular, the central console has black lacquered plastic inserts and touch keys, and the dashboard is completely virtual, the data are perfectly readable under any conditions.

The large multimedia system screen is a big advantage. At the same time, the graphics isn’t too detailed, and the touchscreen is often quite slow.

The driver’s seat configuration is standard: the profile is acceptable, but the lateral support isn’t pronounced. However, it is quite comfortable for a driver of any size. The rear sofa can accommodate two passengers, they are sure to have enough legroom. However, tall drivers may complain of the low roof.

Behind the wheel

Cadillac XT5 is equipped with:

  • 3.6l engine 341 HP
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • Plug-in AWD

The atmospheric engine provides nice thrust throughout the RPM range. At the same time, due to the sensitive gas pedal, wheels are ready to slip, but the vigilant AWD system in a timely manner switches on the rear wheels. This allows not only to have a confident start, but to rationally manage the engine’s potential.

The adaptive chassis is designed for an active drive. The car pleases with a sensitive steering and small rolls in corners, which allows to feel confident while maneuvering. The reverse side of the medal is the sandwiched suspension (at any mode). Even passing small bumps creates jolts and vibration, which is unpleasant in the long trips.

Summing up

Cadillac CTS has surely changed for the best. Among its virtues are an attractive design, hi-tech interior and chassis, as well as a powerful engine. However, comfort lovers will be disappointed. In addition, the assembly quality is quite average, which is nonsense for a premium class sedan.

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