2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe

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$38,995 - $50,895

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2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 6, 2019


The European and Japanese manufacturers have set up such a high benchmark in the auto industry the other manufacturers have been busy playing catch up. Gradually, the Americans have caught up with the whole hoola-boola around this dominance and with the Cadillac ATS coupe, they seem like they’re on the right track. The ATS blends performance with laudable driving dynamics alongside a decent list of features for its price. The ATS does face stiff competition from a bunch of well-round off cars, but it manages to stand its ground. 

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Pros

Impressive powertrain performance

Comfortable front seats

Agile and spirited handling

Cons

Noisy engine

Cramped rear seats, especially for tall adults

What's New?

The new model no longer provides manual transmission. Else, it carries largely unchanged from its 2018 variant.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38995

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

272 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

295 lbs.-ft @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.3/61.7

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

183.6 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

54.8 in.

curb weight

3418 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

39.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

480 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe in Black Raven color  2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe in Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic color  2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe in Phantom Gray color  2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe in Red Obsession Tintcoat color  2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe in Satin Steel Metallic color  2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe in Silver Moonlight Metallic color  2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe in Stellar Black Metallic color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

8.6

Interior

6.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Base

Base

power
272 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$38,995 - $41,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $38,995 MSRP (22/25/30) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4
2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,395 MSRP (21/24/29) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

 2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Luxury

Luxury

power
272 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$42,795 - $44,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $44,795 MSRP (21/24/29) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4
Luxury 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $42,795 MSRP (22/25/30) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4

 2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$48,395 - $50,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $48,395 MSRP (19/23/29) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4
Premium Luxury 2dr Coupe AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $50,395 MSRP (18/21/26) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

 2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Premium Performance

Premium Performance

power
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$50,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Performance 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $50,895 MSRP (19/23/29) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4   Red Obsession Tintcoat
  Radiant Silver Metallic
  Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic
  Black Raven
  Stellar Black Metallic

Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


The 2019 Cadillac ATS coupe comes in a single body type and is one of the last ATS’ to be manufactured by Cadillac. Continuing on its previous iteration’s base, this year's ATS is left mostly unchanged and is powered by the familiar 2.0L inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission churning 272 horses and 295-pound-feet of pulling power. All that power is pushed to the rear wheels. With extensive list of features and priced at $38,995, the Cadillac ATS is a really sweet deal for its offering.

Despite there being all praises for this coupe, the ATS sees itself going against the big guns; those belonging to the elite class of the industry – BMW’s 430i, Mercedes Benz’ C-Class, and Audi’s A5 Sportback. Can the ATS still put up a fight with these new and updated machines? Let's find out.

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Angular Front View
2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Angular Front View
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2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Angular Rear View

6.5/10
Features

 

8.6/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Features

6.5/10

The coupe comes in four different trim levels – Base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Premium Performance. Its Base model starts at $38,995 and comes with a host of decent selection of features for its price but climb up the configuration ladder and you’d be met with more selection of luxury equipment and technology alongside a powerful V6 engine for the Premium configurations.

Trim

Base

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Premium Performance

MSRP (RWD)

$38,995

$42,795

$48,395

$50,895

MSRP (AWD)

$41,395

$44,795

$50,395

$53,000

Key Features  

Features of Base trim including -

Features of Luxury trim including -

Features of Premium Luxury trim including -

 

Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 cylinders (272 hp, 295 lb.-ft.)

Adaptive Xenon Headlights

Turbocharged 3.6L 6-cylinders (335 hp., 285 lb.-ft.)

Turbocharged 3.6L 6-cylinders (335 hp., 285 lb.-ft.)

 

18” Alloy wheels

Front and Rear Parking Sensors

Sunroof

High-performance tires

 

8” touchscreen display

Headed front seats and steering wheel

Adaptive High Beams

Sport-tuned Suspension

 

Power-adjustable front seats

Driver-seat Memory setting

Rain-sensing wipers

Adaptive Suspension dampers

 

Keyless entry and ignition

   

Power-adjustable steering column

 

Bose Sound System

   

Limited-slip rear differential

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

     

The Base and Luxury models come with a standard turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 cylinders (272 horses and 295-pound feet of torque) mated to either an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual box. The drivetrain follows the rear-wheel-drive system on all trims with an optional all-wheel-drive that is available exclusively to the automatic transmission except for the Premium Performance which restricts itself to RWD.

We recommend

We recommend the Luxury model since it comes with a decent number of features and technology. But if you want more power alongside luxury, the Premium Luxury with an optional V6 should be your go-to choice.

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Engine and Performance

8.6/10
The 2019 ATS has nearly all the elements required to be a fun, all-around performer” -thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

Powering the rear wheels of the Caddy is a 2.0L inline-4 boasting 272 horses and 295-pound feet of pulling power mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Even for a base model, the heart of the coupe still rings home as a sport sedan. Competitive and ready for action, the powertrain functions smoothly and you’d have little to complain when in pesky stop-and-go traffic or taking a long drive/cruising along the highway. Similarly, its ascending and descending eight-step shifts seamlessly work their way sans jitter.

Models

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

MSRP

$39,990

$38,195

$43,400

$34,900

$44,200

$44,800

$46,235

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

8-speed automatic transmission

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic S Tronic Dual-Clutch

8 Speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

272 hp @ 5500rpm

280 hp @ 5200 rpm

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

252 hp @ 6,200 rpm

252 hp @ 5000rpm

248 hp @ 5200rpm

247 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

295 lb/ft @ 3000rpm

306 lb/ft @ 2000-4800 rpm

273 lb/ft @ 1800 rpm

260 lb/ft @ 1,400-4,000 rpm

273 lb/ft @ 1600rpm

258 lb/ft @ 1450 rpm

269 lb/ft @ 1300 rpm

Catering to the proper ruffians out there, the Caddies at higher trims race a 3.6L V6 straddled inside its bonnet that gallops around 335 horses and 285-pound feet of pulling power. Still, want more? Then the ATS-V is sure to leave you smiling with a similar powertrain but boasting 464 hp and 445 lb.-ft of torque.

Its competition sits alike the rest whereof all the rivals, the Alfa Romeo boasts the highest output followed by the American Caddie with a mix of the rest.

Acceleration

Popping ahead at 5.3s from naught to 60 mph, the ATS coupe has a lot of fun and vigor driving under its hood that is enough to win the hooligan’s heart. Placed amongst the top in this segment, the Caddie is given a close rivalry by its main competitors, the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 430i who are off the pace by a mere 0.2s. Slipped at the back of the field is the Jaguar XE and the Genesis G70, those coupes who still take a respectable quick time to do run the acceleration tests.

Models

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

0-60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.5 sec

5.5 sec

6.0 sec

5.7 sec

5.5 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

14.1 sec @ 100 mph

14.1 sec @ 99 mph

14.6 sec

N/A

14.3 sec

15.0 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0 Liters

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

NA

TBD

-

6.5

6.6

6.3*

Ride and Handling

A true entry-level luxury sports car, the Cadillac ATS comes with few different trims but you pick and choose of the variants, the fine and detailed engineering to craft this coupe as an enthusiastic handler is common across all its configurations. More of an all-rounder, the coupe can handle beautifully around corners with absolutely excellent grip in its tires and sharpened handling ability thanks to its wider track.

Its effortless driving experience appeals to both, the casual riders or mainstream enthusiastic make-the- wheels-scream hooligans. Bumps and pots are absorbed commendably by the dampers that are set up more towards a harsh ride but consequently aren’t terrible so as not to provide a smooth ride. Its steering wheel is responsive at the same time being accurate.

Braking

Brembo brakes come fitted on all four wheels of the coupe with rotors measuring 12” in the front and rear. The pedals don’t feel mushy; there’s an overall good feeling to them. Likewise, the performance brakes don’t disappoint and clasp readily to the wheels as and when applied.

Model

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13

13

13.8

13.3

12.3

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

12.5

11.8

-

13

11.8

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3418

3521

3500*

3516 

3704

3574

3500 

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

124

153ft

-

N/A

162

184 ft*

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Fuel Economy

The brawny powertrain under the hood gulps 22 miles per gallon in the city while 30 on the highway. These numbers are quite decent for the rear-wheel-drive 4 cylinders of the coupe that falls short from some of its main rivals in the competition. Alfa Romeo Giulia with the highest output in the rivalry is less thirty than the Caddie and some rivals below. The Audi A5 and BMW 430i even out on their fuel consumption while the Jaguar XE leads the segment.

Model

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

MPG (city)

22

24

22

21

24

24

24

MPG (highway)

30

33

33

28

34

34

34

MPG (combined)

25

27

26

23

27

27

28

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Interior

6.0/10
“The ATS coupe offers the driver and front passenger a roomy place to sit. But the wants and needs of the styling department have resulted in controls that are unnecessarily difficult to use and a rear seat that's largely useless for anyone older than grade school.” -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Inside the ATS coupe where it’s deemed to seat 5 passengers, the rear seats feel cramped while the front is spacious alongside great comfort. Anyone over five feet would not appreciate the coupe if sat in the rear seats. The interior feels upscale while some parts are fitted with plastic and synthetic leather wrap the seating entourage.

Models

Cadillac ATS Coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

4

5

Front Head room (in)

38.5

38.6

37.6

37.1

39.7

39.4

39.8

Shoulder room (in)

56.1

54.1

55.3

56.3

55.7

55.3

-

Leg room (in)

42.4

42.3

NA

42.6

41.3

42.2

-

Rear (in)

37.4

37.6

35.1

37.1

36.9

NA

36.1

Shoulder room (in)

53.6

51.1

55

54.6

54.5

51.7

-

Leg room (in)

35.1

33.5

NA

34.8

35.1

33.7

-

All seats in itself feel firm and cushioned; you can adjust front seats for that extra bit of comfort. Outward visibility is good while noise isolation could have been implemented better with engine and outside sound entering inside the cabin quite easily.

Infotainment System

An 8” Cadillac User Experience infotainment system sits in the middle of the dash. Its user interface has improved from its previous-gen but is still rather clunky to operate. The options are however intuitive and aplenty. Yet its competitors offer a slicker and an overall better system. The list of infotainment features included are 

  • Bose Sound System
  • Satellite Radio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Wireless Device Charging

Cargo Volume

At 10.4 cubic feet, the Caddie can pass off being called a half-practical coupe. Nonetheless, an ATS buyer is not looking at regular grocery shopping but an occasional run-in the store but the coupe still isn’t a practical daily driver. Its rival, the Audi A5 can hold an enormous 21.8 cubic feet while the BMW offers a generous 15.7 cubic feet.

Model

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

BMW 430i coupe

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.4

13.0

12.6

10.5

21.8

15.7

15.7

16.1

Interior Features

Inside the cabin, the ATS is loaded with some of the following features –

  • Ambient Lighting
  • Driver and front passenger seat belts
  • Driver and front passenger visors with illuminated mirrors
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Front bucket seats
  • Inside rearview manual day/night mirror

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Exterior

There’s a utilitarian feel to the ATS, with only what’s needed and not much more. That’s not necessarily what we want from a Cadillac.”-thecarconnection

Design and Dimensions

Crafted as 2 door Coupe, the ATS is sculpted to match the athletism and brawniness of its driving dynamics. Rolling on 18” alloy wheels, the 183”long ATS is familiar but still manages to keep up its confidence. Caddie’s traditional chrome-accented grille with twin chrome-slits hugs the front fascia on which sleeps the manufacturer’s insignia. Oddly pointed Halogen Projector-beam headlights flank either side sharing the hood and the front bumper. Evident character lines make up the long hood.

Model

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Curb weight (lbs.)

3418

3521

3500*

3516 lbs

3704

3574

3500 lbs

Length(in)

183.6

182.6

184.5

184.4 in

186.3

182.7

183.9

Width(in)

72.5

73.7

71.3

72.8 in

72.6

71.9

77.4

Height(in)

54.8

56.5

56.3

55.1 in

54.6

54.2

55.8

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

NA

3.8

5.1 in

N/A

5.1

-

Wheelbase (in)

109.3

111

111.8

111.6 in

111.2

110.6

111.6

Track width (in) F/R

60.3/61.7

61.3/63.9

61.5/60.9

-

62.5/61.7

60.8/62.8

62.8/62.4

Come to the side and clearly the American manufacturer has left all its pomp and show instead of going all out maintaining a clean yet robust design language throughout the coupe. As if the coupe is literally cut-short of a sedan to hold a single door, an abnormal empty void exists right behind the gates to the cabin. Cadillac’s roof swoops gently downwards with shark antenna sat before the fall. At the back, the 3500-pound coupe hosts rudimentary details like its front fascia. Dual-mono tailpipes are fitted with headlamps on either side. On top of the boot sits a lower lipped spoiler integrated with seamlessly attached brake lights.

Exterior Features

Found outside the Cadillac ATS are the following features –

  • 18” Alloy wheels
  • Shark antenna
  • Chrome-accented grille
  • Body-color heated power outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • Halogen projector-beam headlamps

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Safety

The Cadillac ATS comes with a decent number of safety features but the most advanced ones are exclusive to the higher trims. As of writing, the 2019 crash tests by authorities are yet to take place but based on previous crash records, this section doesn’t really impress much.

Some safety features included in the coupe are 

  • 8 airbags
  • Child seat restraint system
  • Driver and front passenger seat belts
  • Electronic traction control
  • LATCH System
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Rear seat belts

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Competition

Cadillac ATS Coupe vs Mercedes C-Class Coupe

Comparing these two coupes on sheer performance would give you similar results in return. But then break down the other aspects, the Mercedes C-Class still reigns in pure comfort and luxury. The coupe exhibits refinement and technology that the Cadillac ATS lags behind. While the ATS is by no means any less of a coupe, the German rival gets right what the ATS falls short of. An extra $4000 shouldn’t hurt your pocket for what you get in return is opulence in amalgamation with pure comfort.

Cadillac ATS Coupe vs BMW 430i Coupe

The BMW 430i has magic up its sleeve; it has excellent driving dynamics combined with great powertrain, performance, comfort, and tech. By far one of the most sought out after luxury coupes, the Beemer takes it in its stride to defeat the Cadillac ATS which does put up an admirable rivalry to the Beemer but just falls short on overall comfort, practicality and being as refined as the 430i. Pick the BMW; the extra $5000 is worth it.

Cadillac ATS Coupe vs Audi A5 Sportback

The four-ringed Audi A5 and the American luxury coupe Cadillac ATS have pretty much similar footing. They’re excellent handling machines with great cornering ability alongside powerful engine performance and powertrain. Where the ATS falls short is features and tech list that are comparatively miles ahead on the Audi A5. Like its German counterpart, BMW, the Audi is priced above the ATS and the extra $5000 is worth the buy.

2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe Final Verdict

The Cadillac ATS has gotten many things right with its commendable powerplant with grippy cornering and handling. Its ride quality is sporty and the coupe is a really great entry-level luxury sport sedan. Yet the coupe doesn’t stand without its flaws. On the tech front, its rivals outshine the American coupe. Its infotainments system is nothing to boast about either and its crash-test records have proven to be average at best. Rear cramped seats and the fuel-guzzling machine would face you with this coupe. In itself, the ATS is a brilliant car with exceptional performance but when you think of it as an everyday driver and practical? They don’t fit the bill here.