2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe-Outstanding effort from GM
September 16, 2017
After only owning 2 Audi A5's S-Line (in AT and 6MT)for the past 10 years, decided to try something new. I first saw the Cadillac coupe at the Chicago Auto Show back for it's release in 2015. Needless to say, I was instantly hooked. I personally like the hard line style of the coupe, and the wider look of shoulders at the rear. The dual spaced exhaust outlets, with angle cut tips, and wider rear tires, finish the performance look. Offering almost 60 hp more in the 2.0T, that the Audi A5 2.0T SLine I traded in, it does not disappoint! The all wheel drive system in the Cadillac also offers excellent traction in the snow, and when I drive it at my local track day events. It is a rear bias all wheel drive system, 60/40 split. Yes, I do take my Cadillac on the track! The ATS Alpha platform is amazing! This is the same platform as the Camaro. The cornering and steering feedback is outstanding compared to the A5 SLine. The Cadillac sport selectable mode also feels like it is doing something, instantly tightening up the steering feel. It also adjusts the 8 speed trans for quick shifts and longer roll out of the gears. This keeps the turbo right in it's sweet spot for performance driving. I had Audi Drive Select on the A5, and although kept the car in Dynamic mode, you really could not tell what the setting did. It was minimal at best. The Cadillac does take premium fuel. It does have the Start/Stop engine feature, it did take a bit to get accustomed to. You can disable this via push button, or when the car is set to manual shift mode, it also disables. Since I spend an hour each way commuting to the office, it has added a few MPG, and that's a good thing. For 1 week with it enabled, averaging 31 mpg, with it disabled, averaging 26 mpg.
As for the interior, I like the hand stitched leather adorning most of the surface areas. As a note, my Audi had gloss black piano in lays, it would show finger prints and such just as much as the gloss black in the Cadillac which covers the same center stack and center console areas. I see lots of reviews complaining of fingerprints and dust in the Cadillac, but no mention ever with Audi, just Cadillac? To me it's the exact same! The Cadillac seating is also highly adjustable, offering bolster to squeeze you in the seat, as well as lumbar and extendible thigh support. The CUE system in the 2016 is also upgraded. Offering Android Auto, Car play, Weather, Traffic and Pandora. A long press of the VR button on the steering wheel launches Google Assistant or Siri when the respective phone is connected. As this new system dumps the SDCard slot for storage, it's really quick and offers good response. The touch sensitive buttons for the volume, home, and climate are ok. Although I also prefer hard knobs and push buttons, they are responsive and offer haptic feedback on touch. While driving I mostly use the Steering wheel controls anyway for volume and seek of program media. So, no complaints really on the CUE touch sensitive buttons. They work just fine when I do use them. As for the instrument cluster, I am happy to see a option to enable a boost gauge in the driver information center, and actual tire pressures can also be observed. This was never an option on my Audi. Regardless of the bad reviews on the cluster, at night they appear to be floating. I believe this was the look Cadillac cluster designers were looking for.
Lastly, I have the Luxury edition, but opted for the winter (heated steering wheel feels great) and safety and security package. This offers Lane Keep Assist, Front Collision Warning with Alert Seat, Locking fuel door, with capless filler port, and wheel locks for the 18" machine polish wheel package I also opted. The car does come standard with staggered size Continental Pro Contact SSR tires.
Overall, I can highly recommend this coupe! What also adds to the value is that your basic services are all included(oil changes, air, and cabin filters, tire rotations) to 50k miles. Audi offers this as a package called Audi Care, its $850 additional to cover to 50k. It does not include tire rotations though. Also, $100 for Audi wiper blades.. $40 for the Cadillac.. Enough said!