The Cadillac CTS looks better than many of its rivals. It's stuffed with kit and has the classiest cabin of any Cadillac.
It doesn't make any sense financially and doesn't ride or handle with the same polish as rivals. The engines feel a bit gutless for their size, too.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Cadillac CTS Saloon performance
CTS buyers can choose from a pair of V6 petrol engines – a 3.0 and a 3.6. The 3.0 feels a little weedy in comparison, but the 3.6 is quick if you're prepared to rev it. Unfortunately, the standard automatic gearbox is unpredictable, changing down when it doesn't need to and refusing to change when it does. The range-topping V8-engined CTS-V is very quick, hitting 60mph in less than four seconds.
Cadillac CTS Saloon ride & handling
The CTS provides good body control on twisty roads, but it's not as agile as it could be because the steering is slow to respond. The 3.6 gets a sportier suspension set-up than the 3.0, but the ride is overly firm on both, and surface imperfections can be felt in the cabin too easily.
Cadillac CTS Saloon refinement
The engines are smooth when cruising and sound reasonably sporty if you rev them hard. However, the door mirrors generate too much wind noise at motorway speeds and there's quite a lot of road noise on coarse surfaces.