2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

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


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 5, 2019


The ATS-V coupe walks the fine line between a muscle car and a sports car and manages to balance both pretty well. This car boasts great handling, quick acceleration, and a relatively spacious cabin. The elegant exterior shell is well complemented by the plush and premium interiors. With the current downsizing in the car market, especially in the segment ATS-V competes, there isn’t much time left for this car, probably! So apart from the performance and handling, this car’s biggest offering is the unique flavor it delivers. Thus, enjoy this car while you still can.

 

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Pros

Powerful V6 engine

Engaging ride and handling

Look of a muscle car and soul of a sports car

Cons

No All Wheel Drive option

Cramped cabin space

What's New?

No major changes from its predecessor

Sedan version has been discontinued in 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$67795

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

torque

445 lbs.-ft @ 3500 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

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)

60.5/61.4

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

184.7 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

54.5 in.

curb weight

3803 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

39.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

42.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

368 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-V Coupe in Black Raven color  2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe in Crystal White Tricoat color  2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe in Red Obsession Tintcoat color  2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe in Satin Steel Metallic color  2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe in Velocity Red color  2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe in Atmospheric Blue Metallic color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Interior

6.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Base

Base

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

$67,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $67,795 MSRP (16/19/23) 464 hp @ 5850 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Metallic
  Velocity Red
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Black Raven

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


A 3.6-Liter Twin Turbo V6 under the hood that churns out 464 all-American ponies and a 2-door coupe body style. Sounds like a recipe for success, right? The Cadillac ATS-V coupe is a car that ticks all the correct boxes and is a viable competitor to the BMW M4. At $68,790, it is cheaper than the Bimmer and outperforms it too, at least on paper!

You can fight fire with fire, which is why other manufacturers have sent in their heavy hitters to take over the segment. You have a BMW, a Jaguar, and surprisingly, a Corvette at the premium end, while Ford and Chevy keep things affordable at the lower end. Is this Cadillac worth your money then? Read ahead to find out!

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6.5/10
Features

 
 
 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Features

6.5/10

The Cadillac ATS-V Coupe is offered in only a single choice of trim. The V6 under the hood is powerful enough and doesn't feel underpowered. However, everyone would have appreciated the option for AWD. Nonetheless, the ATS-V is well loaded with features to justify its price tag.  

Trims

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

MSRP

$68,790

Key Features

3.6L Twin Turbo V6

 

6-speed Manual/8-speed Auto

 

Brembo brakes

 

Magnetic ride control

 

Performance Traction Management

 

Forged Alloy Wheels

 

Active Rev matching and no lift shift (offered with manual transmission)

We Recommend

There is no choice of trim with this car. So if you want to buy an ATS-V coupe in 2019, we suggest you get one in the Velocity Red as this color matches the persona of the car. 

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Engine and Performance

We have no complaints about the 2019 ATS-V Coupe’s performance. It delivers strong acceleration and plenty of torque, and has a chassis tuned to handle it.-The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

At the heart of the ATS-V is a 3.6 V6, charged by two Turbos for good measure. As a result, the car spews out 464 horsepower which is great for track day antics on the weekend. All that power is sent to the rear wheels, as is the case with all the best muscle and sports cars.

You can also indulge the racer boy inside you with the 6-speed manual. If you aren’t too enthusiastic about driving around with three pedals, then there is an 8-speed auto too. The Auto is much calmer and makes daily driving in heavy traffic much more bearable than the manual.

Models

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Ford Shelby GT350

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Mercedes AMG C63

BMW M4

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ

MSRP

$68,790

$61,435

$61,745

$64,195

$68,750

$70,145

$74,200

$80,590

Engine

3.6L Twin Turbo V6

5.2L V8 Voodoo Naturally aspirated

6.2L V8 SRT HEMI Supercharged

6.2L V8 Supercharged Big Block

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo

3.0L I6 Twin Turbo

2.9L V6 Twin Turbo

6.2L V8 Supercharged Big Block

Transmission

6 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

9 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Manual

8 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Manual

Horsepower

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

526 hp @ 7500 rpm

717 hp @ 6000 rpm

650 hp @ 6400 rpm

469 hp@ 5500 rpm

425 hp @ 5500 rpm

444 hp@ 5700 rpm

650 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

445 lb/ft. @ 3500 rpm

429 lb/ft. @ 4750 rpm

656 lb/ft. @ 4800 rpm

650 lb/ft. @ 3600 rpm

479 lb/ft..@ 1750 rpm

406 lb/ft. @ 1850 rpm

443 lb/ft.@ 1900 rpm

650 lb/ft. @ 3600 rpm

While 460 is quite a big number for horsepower output, there is a lot more (a whole lot more) you can have for this money. The Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs are quite a bit more powerful than the ATS V. Also, you have the option of buying the cheaper, but insanely powerful Dodge Challenger SRT with the Hellcat badge. Not sure about the cat, but it’s definitely one “hell” of a ride.

Acceleration

The ATS V, in essence, is just an ATS that went to the gym. The consequent increase in muscle sees the Cadillac fly to 60 MPH in under 4 seconds. The manual transmission has a pretty enthusiastic drive to it, and sliding into a corner soon becomes second nature. For a pure driving thrill, there is no alternative to the stick shift. Considering that this may possibly be the last ATS V model on sale, you might want the best one available.

Models

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Ford Shelby GT350

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Mercedes AMG C63

BMW M4

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ

0-60 MPH

3.8 sec

3.9 sec

3.6 sec

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

4.1 sec

3.8 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter mile

12.3 sec

12.2 sec

11.9 sec

11.1 sec

12.3 sec

12.5 sec

12.0 sec

10.9 sec

Engine

3.6L V6

5.2L V8

6.2L V8

6.2L V8

4.0L V8

3.0L i6

2.9L V6

6.2L V8

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sub 4 second runs to 60 MPH is the norm in this performance-oriented segment (the Bimmer misses it by a few milliseconds) and you can easily smoke anything that pulls up next to you on the dragstrip. The winner though is the Z06 Coupe with upgraded tires, which somehow manages 2.9 seconds run from 0-60 MPH.

Ride and Handling

The handling of the ATS-V is athletic, to say the least. All the power is channeled to the rear wheels, thus you can expect a fair deal of wheelspins and burnouts. It behaves like an outlaw, ready to break all the rules, especially with the stick transmission. The Auto is a much tamer version and makes it car drivable in the city. Owing to its coupe body style and lower sitting position, the body roll is minimal, even while cornering at high speeds. At straight roads, it can outperform most of the cars barring the big boys of the supercar league. 

Braking

To maintain balance in the universe, the Caddie follows the third law of automotive physics; Whatever does quick, must stop quick as well. To achieve such a powerful braking force, the Coupe uses large discs all round, with six-piston front and four-piston rear fixed calipers by Brembo. You can have them in bright colors if the urge to flaunt them is strong.

Model

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Ford Shelby GT350

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Mercedes AMG C63

BMW M4

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ

Brake Front (in.)

14.5

15.5

15.4

N/A

14.2

15

13.8

14.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.3

14.9

13.8

N/A

14.2

14.6

13

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3803

3760

4429

3883

4074

3625

3649

3524

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

96

N/A

107

N/A

108

N/A

99.6

With the biggest brakes in the segment, the Shelby Mustang comes to a halt from 60 MPH under a hundred feet. The bite is wonderful, especially initial, and the driving feel is very upmarket. It is also relatively light, which factors in heavily here. The other cars here are wonderful in braking as well, with near 100 feet halting distance for all.

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Fuel Economy

High-performance engines are thirsty, that’s a fact you can't do anything about. The turbos help, but you will feel the burning hole in your wallet the next morning. If you work the throttle with a feather, you could possibly squeeze out 23 miles per gallon on the highway. In the city, 16 MPG is the expected figure.

Model

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Ford Shelby GT350

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Mercedes AMG C63

BMW M4

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ

MPG (city)

16

14

13

14

13.8

18

14.2

15

MPG (highway)

23

21

21

20

13

25

14.2

22

MPG (combined)

19

16

16

16

3649

20

4074

17

Fuel efficiency should never be a concern when you’re thinking of buying a performance car. Doesn’t matter what the figures in the tables claim, if you manage to see 10 miles for a gallon on your screen, you’re doing a great job of driving slowly.

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Interior

6.0/10
The standard seats are comfortable and plenty supportive, but the optional Recaro seats have a true race car feel. They aren’t as restrictive as many performance seats, which allows people with a wide range of body types to enjoy the experience.-The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The 2019 ATS-V comes standard with pretty comfy seats, but if you have the dough to upgrade, the optional Recaro seats are a worthwhile investment. They elevate the otherwise dull interior, giving you race car vibes. The rear space isn’t the best, but it certainly is usable. If you have to ferry your family around, it works great. If you’re thinking about being chauffeured, well, that won’t be possible.

Model

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Ford Shelby GT350

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Mercedes AMG C63

BMW M4

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ

Passenger capacity

4

4

5

4

4

4

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.6/54.1/42.3

37.6/56.3/44.5

39.3/58.5/42.0

38.5/NA/43.9

38.8/54.8/42

39.8/55.3/42.2

39/55.3/41.3

37.9/55.2/43.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.1/55.1/33.5

34.8/52.2/30.6

37.1/53.9/33.1

N/A

35.6/51.7/32

36.1/51.7/33.7

NA/50.7/32.7

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Most of the cars here have rear seats. Most of these cars, however, do not have equal space in the front and rear. Corvette does away with the rear seats entirely, proof enough of its track-focused performance. The most car here though, the Challenger, has enough space for 5 mid-size adults, courtesy its sheer size.

Infotainment

In the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V coupe, you get an extremely responsive UI; an updated Cadillac User Experience system does infotainment duties on this performance coupe. Other features include:

  • 8-inch diagonal full-color multi-touch-screen and Natural Voice Recognition technology
  • Bose audio system
  • 2 USB ports and auxiliary input jack for connecting portable media devices
  • Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phones
  • Android Auto capability for compatible phones
  • Teen Driver system
  • Bose premium audio system
  • SiriusXM Radio trial
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable
  • Wireless Charging

Cargo volume

The boot space is fine for a Coupe, but you can’t use it for much. The space inside is further compromised by the intruding wheel arches. What’s good in here though, is the plethora of cubby pockets all around the cabin. You get pockets in the door, center armrest, and behind the climate control panel.

Model

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Ford Shelby GT350

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Mercedes AMG C63

BMW M4

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.4

13.5

16.2

9.1

10.5

11.0

16.4

15.0

In cargo volume too, the Dodge offers some wonderful figures. It, however, is beaten by Audi RS5 by just a little. The RS5 has a trunk comparable to a practical compact sedan. Surprisingly, Mercedes finds itself at the bottom of the pack here, contrary to its luxury image.

Interior Features

  • 4G LTE Hotspot
  • Air Filter
  • Dual-zone Auto Climate Control
  • Keyless Entry and Ignition
  • Ambient Lighting

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Exterior

The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V isn't a large land yacht like its predecessors of 50 years ago. Rather, it's a compact coupe with outstanding performance, comfort, and style.-Edmunds

Design and Dimensions

With all that technology on board and that sweet but heavy engine, it’s no surprise that the Caddy is just 200 pounds shy of 2 tons. While it isn’t the heaviest (the C63 AMG crosses the 2-ton mark), there is no denying that the bulk could have been shaved. As for the dimensions, this car is quite compact, comparable to a Honda Civic even!

Model

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Ford Shelby GT350

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Mercedes AMG C63

BMW M4

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ

Curb weight (lbs.)

3803

3760

4429

3883

4074

3625

3649

3524

Length(in)

184.7

189.6

197.5

190.2

187.1

184.5

185.9

177.9

Width(in)

72.5

75.9

75.7

75.0

73.9

73.6

73.3

77.4

Height(in)

54.5

54.2

57.0

52.9

55.2

54.4

53.5

48.6

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

4.5

N/A

3.6

4.7

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

109.3

107.1

116.2

110.7

111.8

110.7

108.9

106.7

Track width (in) F/R

60.3/61.7

N/A

64/63.7

63.4/62

64.4/62.7

62.2/63.1

62.9/62.5

63.5/62.5

The new Dodge Challenger is still the old school muscle it always was, in the sense that there is plenty of metal from head to tail, and also between the wheels. It is by far the largest car here, which makes it hard to squeeze through traffic. Then again, with those intimidating dimensions and that mighty engine noise, people would just make way for you.

The design hasn’t changed since this current model was introduced in 2016. Cadillac ATS has always been quite a distinct looking car, with the large front grille, sharp lines adorning the outline. ATS-V only adds to that, with a wider body, even larger front grille, huge grilles, and a mighty integrated boot spoiler. The Optional colored brake pads shout performance to every onlooker.

Exterior Features

  • LED DRLs
  • Projector Headlamps
  • Solar glass
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • 18" Aluminium wheels

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Safety

The best safety features on the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V are provided with the Safety and security package. It includes the following:

  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Rainsense wipers, locking fuel door
  • IntelliBeam
  • Additional shielded theft-deterrent alarm system
  • inclination sensor
  • steering column lock and locking wheel lugs

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Competition

Cadillac ATS-V vs BMW M4

Cadillac ATS V is one of the best cars offered by the American luxury brand. It makes sense to compare it to one of the best cars by a German luxury brand, doesn’t it? Surprisingly, it does! Cadillac offers great practicality, comparable interior space, and marvelous performance. BMW falls a little behind in these areas but makes up for it with unmatched quality of materials used, albeit for a tiny price premium. For pure and brand value luxury, get the BMW.

Cadillac ATS-V vs Chevrolet Camaro

Sibling rivalry here! The Caddy, in essence, is a Chevy Camaro with more stylish skin. The biggest difference is that for almost the same price, Camaro has a bigger, more powerful engine. Even if you were to downgrade on the Camaro, you’d get the same engine as the upmarket ATS V, but in a lighter package. If performance is your primary buying criteria, Camaro is the better choice.

Cadillac ATS-V vs Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Challenger in contention with the ATS-V is the insanely powerful Hellcat, a car that could qualify a jet plane for the roads. There is no reason to buy a Hellcat for the real world, and to keep it on public roads would be an insult to the engineers who forged the mighty engine. Buy it for the bragging rights only!

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Final Verdict

This powerful little Cadillac pulls a strong case for power with practicality proportion. Is the best car for the price? Hell NO! You can have a Mustang, a Challenger, or a Camaro, all for lesser price. What the ATS-V has going for itself is exclusivity. You don’t see many of them on the road, and soon, you won’t see them at all. Cadillac might soon pull the plug on this lovely car, which would be quite sad. If you want to preserve an icon in your garage, now is the time.