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2017 Cadillac ATS-V Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

A cross between a sedan and a sports car gives birth to an entirely different category of cars called sports sedans. The Cadillac ATS-V Sedan is a sports sedan that offers the performance of a sports car and features of a luxury sedan. The Cadillac ATS-V has a beefy front grill, has a chunky design and looks intimidating. And it is not just the looks that make this car special, but the way the car performs will certainly strike you with awe.

The ATS-V is Cadillac’s attempt to establish itself into a segment that is largely dominated by the big three Germans. Cadillac claims that the ATS-V is track capable and road ready. The ATS-V has some exceptional performance on offer, plush ride quality and great handling make it a very desirable proposition.

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Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change



Styles

 2017 Cadillac ATS-V in Black Raven color  2017 Cadillac ATS-V in Crystal White Tricoat color  2017 Cadillac ATS-V in Phantom Gray Metallic color  2017 Cadillac ATS-V in Radiant Silver Metallic color  2017 Cadillac ATS-V in Red Obsession Tintcoat color  2017 Cadillac ATS-V in Vector Blue Metallic color  2017 Cadillac ATS-V in Velocity Red color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Features

8.1

Engine

9.1

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

5.6

Exterior

9.1

Driving

9.6

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Cadillac ATS-V Base

Base

power
464 hp @ 5850 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$60,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $60,695 MSRP (16/19/23) 464 hp @ 5850 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


The Cadillac ATS-V Sedan is priced at $60,995. The power plant of the Cadillac churns out whopping 464 horsepower and delivers 445 lb-ft of torque. The engine of this 4 door sports sedan is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.


8.1/10
Features

 

9.1/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.6/10
Interior

 

9.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Features

8.1/10

The Cadillac ATS-V is only offered in one trim level. Cadillac engineers have not put efforts to create a different variant for this car, instead they've loaded all the features and tech in only one car. The Cadillac ATS-V is priced at $60995 featuring a carbon fiber hood, 18 inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, leather upholstery, and heated seats and much more.

Trims ATS-V Sedan
MSRP $60,995
 Key Features Carbon-fiber hood
  18-inch alloy wheels
  Brembo high-performance brakes
  Adaptive sport suspension
  Electronically controlled limited-slip differential
  Front and rear parking sensors
  Rearview camera
  Keyless entry and ignition
  Leather upholstery and heated front seats

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Engine

9.1/10

"With a rewarding, athletic chassis and precise steering, the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V feels right at home on a racetrack or on your favorite back road. Yet the ATS-V also manages to deliver surprisingly good ride compliance on the street"- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Cadillac ATS-V is fitted with a 3.6 liter V6, twin turbo engine that cranks out 464 horsepower and delivers 445 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to 6-speed manual transmission. transmitting all the power to the rear axle. The engine of the Cadillac uses variable valve timing technology which helps the car to deliver better power and fuel acceleration.

Models Cadillac ATS-V Sedan BMW M3 Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63
MSRP $60,995 $64,000 $66,195
Engine 3.6L V6 Twin Turbo SIDI, DOHC, VVT 3.0L Inline 6-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo 4.0L turbocharged 8-cylinder
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 7-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Power 464 hp 425 hp 469 hp
Torque 445 lb-ft 406 lb-ft 479 lb-ft

The arch rivals of the Cadillac ATS-V are the BMW M3 and the Mercedes Benz AMG C 63. The BMW M3 uses a smaller 3-liter engine and makes 425 HP which is 39 ponies less than the Cadillac. On the other hand, the Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 uses a larger 4-liter engine and makes only 5 HP more than the Cadillac ATS-V.

Acceleration

The Cadillac performs exceptionally well in terms of performance. Step on the gas and the Cadillac ATS-V goes from a standstill to 60 MPH in just 3.8 secs. Take the ATS-V on the drag strip and it will cover the quarter-mile distance in just 12.2 secs.

Models Cadillac ATS-V Sedan BMW M3 Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63
0-60 MPH 3.8 sec 4.1 sec 4.6 sec
Quarter mile 12.2 sec 12.1 sec 11.9 sec
Engine 3.6L 3.0L 4.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 9.3 8.8 8.4

The Cadillac has the best 0-60 MPH acceleration timings in the segment. The BMW and the Mercedes do the 0-60 MPH in 4.1 secs and 4.6 secs respectively. The Cadillac loses to the other two cars in the quarter-mile acceleration timings by a small margin. The BMW and the Mercedes Benz hit the quarter-mile mark in 12.1 secs and 11.9 secs respectively.

Ride and Handling

The Cadillac ATS-V shares its platform with the iconic Chevy Camaro. As a result, this car has some awesome driving dynamics. The car feels well planted on the road, the steering is very responsive and precise and gives constant feedback. The adaptive sport suspension enhances the high-speed driving experience but at bumps and potholes, you might have a bad time. Overall, the ride quality is plush and sporty.

Brakings

Cadillac has sourced high-performance brakes from Brembo for the ATS-V. For the front end the ATS-V gets 14.5 inches diameter discs and the rear it gets 13.3 inches diameter discs. Slam on the brakes and the ATS-V comes to a standstill from 60 MPH at a distance of 101 feet.

Model Cadillac ATS-V Sedan BMW M3 Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63
Brake Front(in) 14.5 15.0 15.4
Brake Rear(in) 13.3 14.6 14.2
Curb Weight(lbs) 3812 3540 3782
60-0 MPH (ft.) 101 101 143.4

The Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG gets the largest brakes of the lot but it gets lowest braking performance figures. The AMG C 63 comes to a halt at a distance of 143.4 feet from 60 MPH. The BMW, on the other hand, stops at a distance of 101 feet from 60 MPH which is equal to the Cadillac ATS-V.

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Fuel Economy

6.5/10

This is not the car you would expect a lot of efficiency on, yet the Cadillac ATS-V delivers a decent fuel economy figures. In the city, the ATS-V can go for 17 miles for every gallon of fuel, while on the highway it can go for 23 miles. The Cadillac gets a combined fuel economy rating of 19 MPG which is pretty decent for a sports sedan that weighs almost 3800 lbs.

Model

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Lexus RC F Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Coupe

MPG (City)

17

17

16

17

MPG (Highway)

23

26

25

23

MPG (Combined)

19

20

19

19

The Cadillac ATS-V does not have the best fuel efficiency figures amongst its rivals. In fact, both of its rivals, the M3 and the AMG C 63 get a marginally better fuel economy rating. The BMW M3 gets a combined fuel economy rating of 20 MPG but the M3 is 19 horses deficient to the Cadillac. On the flip side, the Mercedes Benz AMG C 63, which makes 5 more horses than the Cadillac, gets a combined fuel economy rating of 21 MPG.

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Interior

5.6/10
"There is no “soft” suspension with the 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan and Coupe, just varying degrees of firmness. The ATS corners and accelerates as well as any BMW, although the steering feel isn’t as precise"- Kelley Blue Book

The interiors of the Cadillac ATS-V are brilliantly designed. All the elements on the inside are designed in such a way that they taper downwards into a 'V' shape that resembles the Cadillac's logo. The dashboard is wrapped in leather and in the center there sits the infotainment system display. The 3 spoke steering wheel is also wrapped in leather. In a nutshell, the interiors are pretty decent, have a good fit and finish and feel upmarket.

Seating and Comfort

The Cadillac ATS-V can accommodate 5 adults easily. On the front, the ATS-V gets a head/shoulder/leg room of 37.6/54.1/42.3 inches respectively. The space on the back seats is not that great but you can still live with it. At the rear, the ATS-V gets a head/shoulder/leg room of 35.1/51.1/33.5 inches respectively. Additionally, you get heated seats for the front passengers.

Model Cadillac ATS-V Sedan BMW M3 Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

37.60/54.10/42.30 40.3/55.1/42.0 40.9/55.3/41.7
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 35.10/51.10/33.50 37.7/55.1/35.1 37.1/55.3/35.2

Comparing to its rivals, both, the BMW M3 and the Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 offer better passenger space than the Cadillac. At the front, the AMG C 63 offers the best in competition head/shoulder/leg room of 40.9/55.3/41.7 inches respectively. At the rear, the BMW offers the best in competition head/shoulder/leg room of 37.7/55.1/35.1 inches respectively.

Infotainment System

The Cadillac has named its infotainment system as the CUE infotainment system. The infotainment system consists of an 8-inch touchscreen display and also gets Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Moreover, the ATS-V also gets a 12 speaker audio system from Bose. Also, it gets an active noise cancellation system. The audio quality is great and the infotainment system is one of the best in the business.

Interior Features

Cadillac has offered some great stuff on the inside of the ATS-V. Some of them are listed below.

  • Keyless ignition.
  • Leather upholstery.
  • Heated seats for the front passengers.
  • 12 speaker Bose audio system.
  • 8-inch touch screen infotainment display.

Cargo Capacity

Credit to its smaller exterior dimensions, the trunk of the Cadillac ATS-V is not all that really big. It gets a cargo volume of 10.4 cubic feet which can only swallow a couple of medium sized suitcases. The Cadillac's cargo volume is disappointing given the fact that this is a proper sedan.

Model Cadillac ATS-V Sedan BMW M3 Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63
Volume (ft cube) 10.4 12.0 12.6

The Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 is the largest car of the lot and has the largest cargo volume on offer at 12.6 cubic feet. The BMW M3 gets cargo volume of 12 cubic feet.

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Exterior

9.1/10

"Angular bodywork set off with Cadillac's signature LED-infused vertical lighting elements gives the ATS an edge. The 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe has the same 109.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan, but overall is slightly wider, lower and longer"-Kelly Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The Cadillac ATS-V is a good looking beast. It has strong lines running across it body and has some chrome elements here and there which add up to the overall drama of the car giving it an excellent street presence. The ATS-V is 184.0 inches long, 71.3 inches wide and 55.70 inches tall. It has a decent ground clearance of 5.4 which is the best amongst its rivals. The ATS-V also happens to be the heaviest car in the competition and weighs 3812 lbs.

The Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 is the longest car in the segment at 187 inches while the BMW M3 is the widest at 73.9 inches. The Mercedes Benz also happens to be the tallest car in the competition. The BMW and the Mercedes Benz get a ground clearance of 4.7 inches and 5.1 inches respectively.

Model Cadillac ATS-V Sedan BMW M3 Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63
Curb weight(lbs) 3812 3540 3782
Length(in) 184.0 184.5 187
Width(in) 71.3 73.9 72.4
Height(in) 55.70 56.1 56.5
Ground clearance(in) 5.4 4.7 5.1
Wheelbase(in) 109.30 110.7 111.8
Track width(in) F/R 60.5/60.4 62.2/63.1 63/61

Exterior Features

The ATS-V is loaded with some cool exterior features. Some of them are listed below.

  • Carbon fiber roof
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive sport suspension
  • Brembo high-performance brakes
  • Electronically controlled limited slip differential
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Keyless entry
     

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Safety

The Cadillac gets a lot of features on the safety front. Given the fact that this is a high-performance sports sedan, Cadillac has loaded the ATS-V with a lot of safety features and gizmos. Some of the safety features of the ATS-V are listed

  • 2 Front Headrests
  • 2 Rear Headrests
  • Auto Delay-Off Headlights
  • Dual Front And Dual Rear Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Traction Control
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Rear Multi-Adjustable Headrests
  • Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Blind-Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
     

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Competition

BMW M3 vs Cadillac ATS-V

The M3 is the high-performance variant of the 3 series luxury sedan from the German manufacturer BMW. The M3 is around $3000 costlier than the Cadillac and makes around 40 horses less than the Cadillac. Moreover, the M3 loses to the ATS-V in terms of 0-60 acceleration timings while the M3 beats the ATS-V in terms of quarter mile acceleration. The BMW also offers a marginally better fuel economy, better passenger space and better cargo volume. Interms of looks the M3 looks subtle, modern and sophisticated without losing any aggression both from the interior and the exterior.

Considering all the positives and negatives, if you can sacrifice on a little bit of passenger space and luggage space and crave for some extra power and at the same time want to save your precious $3000, then the Cadillac ATS-V makes more sense and is the car you should definitely go for.

Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 Cadillac ATS-V

The Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 is the performance variant of the Mercedes Benz C class. The AMG C 63 uses a larger 4 liter engine and makes only 5 horses more than the Cadillac ATS-V. Moreover, the Mercedes Benz is also $6000 costlier than the ATS-V. The AMG C 63 also offers better luggage space, better passenger space, marginally better fuel economy and the smooth flowing lines adds to the beautiful design language of the 2017 Mercedes C 63 AMG Sedan.

Paying $6000 more for slightly better performances doesn't make any sense at all and thus the Cadillac is the car that you should certainly go for if you have to choose between the two.

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Final Verdict

The Cadillac ATS-V is an all American luxury sports sedan. It is a perfect blend of luxury and sportiness. It looks strong and muscular, drives superbly and offers great in ride experience. The luxury sports sedan segment is largely dominated by the Germans and this America's attempt to make its presence felt in there. The Cadillac has great performance on board and offers great features and is at a reasonable proposition for your money. At $60,995, we can certainly say that the ATS-V comes at a bargain price.