Cadillac ATS Sedan: A legacy on its last leg

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Bad news first; Cadillac ATS Sedan will be discontinued in 2019. Now for the Good news; the 2018 model now is a much more exclusive proposition, just like a rare animal. With exciting handling, brilliant ride, and lovely choice of engines with different power options, this Cadillac ATS sits pretty high up when we talk about luxury sedans. While these were definitely the car’s stronger suits for a long time, the recent upgrades in terms of features in this car make this a genuine value for money buy in this particular segment.

IS THE CADILLAC ATS SEDAN A GOOD CAR?

If you are looking for a performance oriented Luxury sedan, then this Cadillac does seem like the one to go for. The engine options and the handling are too hard to ignore actually. However, the ride quality seems to take a toll on the bad roads, which does decrease some points for this car, Although, the features on offer does make up for it. The interior quality too is just about at par with the others in this segment.

HOW MUCH DOES THE CADILLAC ATS SEDAN COSTS?

The lowest version of this Cadillac ATS review conveys that it  costs about $39,000, making this car one of the more expensive ones in this segment. There are several trims as well with the higher ones boasting of a V-6 turbocharged engine as well. All these trims are rear wheel drive. Although, the all-wheel-drive variant is also available at an added cost of about $1,000.

CADILLAC ATS SEDAN VERSUS THE COMPETITION

Cadillac ATS vs BMW 3 series

Quite expectedly, the BMW does beat the Cadillac under most parameters. It has got a much better engine with better power and torque outputs. The BMW interiors are at a different level altogether when compared with the Cadillac. It has got a roomier cabin and a much better ride quality and rides handling too.

Cadillac ATS vs Cadillac CTS

Both the Cadillacs are powered by a similar engine with similar power outputs too. And while the CTS is a lot more spacious than the ATS, the flip side is that it does costs more too. In terms of interiors too, both are at a similar level. So it is anyone’s guess who wins this comparison. Actually, it is a question of how long can a person stretch his budget.

CADILLAC ATS SEDAN PERFORMANCE

The Luxurious Cadillac ATS does boast of impeccable handling and riding under most circumstances. The V-6 engine does just about enough and the power transmissions are great too. The gear shifts are smooth and short making this car a treat, especially on the highways.
In terms of mileage, the ATS gives around 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highways. Figures which are easily way better than the rest. Add to that the handling that this car has, and it comes out as a complete package

CADILLAC ATS SEDAN INTERIORS

The quality of interiors in this Cadillac is just about okay. It does compete in the luxurious segment, but for that, the interiors need a lot more working. The surfaces are hard and the quality of plastics is sub-par.
If you talk about the cargo space, then at 10.4 cubic feet, it might not be the largest around at the moment, it does just about enough for a family. However, it does make up for the lack of boot space with loads of features on offer.

CADILLAC ATS SEDAN SAFETY

A rearview camera is standard in the ATS. Available safety features include a safety alert seat, automatic seat belt tightening, adaptive headlights, a head-up display, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, the following distance indicator, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, Along with that, Cadillac ATS get a 4 star NHSTA rating and has passed every test conducted by the organization concerned.

WHICH MODEL IS RIGHT FOR ME?

If you don’t go on wet and slippery roads often, then go for the much more practical front wheel drive variant, as it does offer genuine value for money. Go for the all-wheel drive, only in case you travel outstation frequently. Also, the base ATS luxury version is the one I would recommend considering the fact it offers the best value for money.

FINAL CALL

The 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan is a car which would offer you a supreme ride quality and handling, in other words, a car perfectly fit those long drives out on the highways. However, for a well-rounded machine, do look for other options, as this Cadillac doesn’t offer you the daily-driving fun.