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2018 Cadillac CTS V Sport Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$60,995

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Overview

Quite contrary to the stereotypical notion about an old-school Cadillac, the 2018 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Sedan is one such car that will leave you dumbstruck with its tantalizing performance.

Starting with a base price of $60,995, the Cadillac CTS V-Sport is a river of power and torque and an epitome of flawless handling. It comes with a big dose refinement and technology, also has many highlights such as its hefty yet accurate steering and a magnetorheological suspension easing the ride quality.

The secret behind the scorching power of the Sport Sedan is the 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood, paired with an 8speed automatic transmission and sending power to the rear wheels. The sedan rivals against Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, and Maserati Ghibli.

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Pros

Impressive acceleration and composure at high speeds

Well-connected and lively feel to the steering

Features an all-inclusive infotainment suite

Cons

Rear seats aren’t as roomy as you’d expect

Touch panel controls on the center console are distracting

Cargo space is slightly congested

What's New?

Center console now has two additional USB ports

The optional heated steering wheel gets activated in low-temperature conditions

Satin Steel Metallic – a new exterior color introduced


Features

Power

420 hp

430 torq

MPG

16 city

24 hwy

Engine

v6 cyl

3.6 disp

transmission

8 automatic

drivetrain

RWD

0 to 60

4.3



Styles

 2018 Cadillac CTS V Sport Sedan in Red Obsession Tintcoat color  2018 Cadillac CTS V Sport Sedan in Phantom Gray Metallic color  2018 Cadillac CTS V Sport Sedan in Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic color  2018 Cadillac CTS V Sport Sedan in Crystal White Tricoat color  2018 Cadillac CTS V Sport Sedan in Black Raven color
Red Obsession Tintcoat

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Ratings

Exterior

7.6

Engine

9.5

Interior

7.6

Safety

6.6

Fuel Economy

4.8

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Cadillac CTS V Sport Sedan V-Sport

V-Sport

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$60,995

Configurations
V-Sport 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Transmission: 8A MPG: (16/19/24)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 17 days ago

7.2

Overall Rating


 

9.5/10
Engine

 

4.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.6/10
Interior

 

7.6/10
Exterior

 

6.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

The secret behind the scorching power of the Sport Sedan is the 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood, paired with an 8speed automatic transmission and sending power to the rear wheels. The sedan rivals against Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, and Maserati Ghibli.

Features

The Cadillac CTS V-Sport is a sole trim available in this lineup. It comes powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine and mated to an 8-speed automatic Transmission. the With a starting price of $60,995, the CTS V-sport offers great features in comparison to the CTS.

The notable optional equipment that comes with the 2018 CTS V Sport includes a Luxury package that gets 3-zone climate control, sunshades doe side and rear windows, heated outboard seats, and a rear camera mirror. On the other hand, the Carbon Black package adds a Recaro seating option. Unfortunately, you won’t find active cruise control this time.

Trim

Cadillac CTS V-Sport

MSRP

$60,995

Key

Features

Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (eLSD)

Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlamp

Adaptive Headlights

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

Speed Sensitive Volume Control

Control Bose Premium Brand Speakers

Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media

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The 3.6-liter engine of the 2018 Cadillac CTS V-Sport matches perfectly with its fine-tuned chassis. Other than its muscular power, the Cadillac enjoys an enhanced performance, thanks to the features like its high-performance suspension, upgraded front disc brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers and an electronic slip-differential system.

Engine

9.5/10
"Power fiends who can't afford the CTS-V will be very pleased with the 420-horsepower twin-turbo V6 in the CTS V-Sport."-Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Engine and Transmission

The 3.6-liter V6 engine makes the Cadillac CTS V-Sport Sedan a performance powerhouse with 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The gearshifts are operated precisely by the 8speed automatic transmission, complementing the massive output of the engine. It can also be commanded manually through the skillfully designed magnesium shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

Models

Cadillac CTS V Sport

Maserati Ghibli S 4dr

Mercedes Benz CLS 550 4dr

Jaguar XF S 4dr

MSRP

$60,995

$78,750

$75,150

$63,865

Engine

3.6L V6

3.0L V6

4.7L V8

3.0L V6

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

420hp@5750rpm

424 hp@5750rpm

402 hp@5000rpm

380-hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque

430 ft-lbs@3500rpm

428 ft-lbs@2250rpm

443 ft-lbs@1600rpm

332 lbs.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm

The Maserati Ghibli has the highest horsepower out of 424 while the Mercedes Benz CLS exceeds all the others in terms of torque, with the highest of 443-pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Sedan holds a balanced position with its 420 horsepower and 430-pound-feet of torque while the Jaguar XF proves to be the least powerful among the four with the least of 380 horsepower and 332-pound-feet of torque.

Acceleration

The performance-oriented chassis of the Sedan makes it exceptionally athletic and seriously quick. The acceleration is very responsive and pulls the Cadillac hard. You won’t find any flat spots in its power band, even when you start accelerating it from a halt.

Making it obvious, the CTS V-Sport Sedan has the fastest acceleration of 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The Maserati and the Jaguar follow with differences of three milliseconds, 4.3 seconds and 4.6 seconds respectively while the Mercedes Benz CLS hits the 60 mph mark in a decent 5 seconds.

Models

Cadillac CTS V Sport

Maserati Ghibli S 4dr

Mercedes Benz CLS 550 4dr

Jaguar XF S 4dr

0-60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.6 sec

5 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter mile

12.8 sec

12.8 sec

13.5 sec

13.2 sec

Engine

3.6L V6

3.0L V6

4.7L V8

3.0L

Emission

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

9.3

9.3

8.4

7.6

The Cadillac maintains its pole position over the quarter mile by completing the distance in 12.8 seconds, and it is joined by the Maserati with the same timing. The Jaguar takes about 13.2 seconds to cover the distance while the Mercedes continues to be the slowest with 13.5 seconds.

The two fastest cars of the group, - Cadillac and Maserati - suffer in terms of emissions while the Jaguar boasts the least emission ratings.

Handling and Steering

The Sedan is one of the most dynamic sedans you will ever come across in the midsize luxury car segment. The steering is direct and the front wheels respond rapidly to inputs. However, the steering does feel a little artificially heavy irrespective of the driving mode.

Nonetheless, the Cadillac stays balanced around corners and has wonderfully sharp turn-ins. Even under aggressive driving conditions, the body rolls are minimal. The Cadillac remains composed expected for relentless driving over rough terrains.

Braking

The CTS V-Sport Sedan is endowed with a firm brake pedal that lets you feel confident. The larger front disc brake rotors and the upgraded Brembo four-piston calipers deliver a strong and phenomenal braking performance. Optional additions like summer tires, brake package, and V-Sport suspension further improves the stopping power.

Model

Cadillac CTS V Sport

Maserati Ghibli S 4dr

Mercedes Benz CLS 550 4dr

Jaguar XF S 4dr

Brake Front (in.)

13.6

14.2

14.2

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

13.8

12.6

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3992

3990

4233

3770

60-0 MPH (ft.)

98

110

104

106

The Sedan manages to pull off the best braking power by bringing the car at halt from 60 mph in 98 feet. The Mercedes Benz does it in 104 feet while the Jaguar follows closely with 106 feet. The Maserati suffers in the braking department by covering 110 feet to stop the car.

Fuel Economy

4.8/10

Even though the Sedan doesn’t impress you with its fuel economy, it is adequately efficient given the amount of power it generates. The Jaguar XF holds the best fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg in cities, 29 mpg on highways and 23 mpg combined. Even the Mercedes Benz rates a decent 18 mpg in cities, 26 mpg on highways and 21 mpg combined.

Model

Cadillac CTS V Sport

Maserati Ghibli S 4dr

Mercedes Benz CLS 550 4dr

Jaguar XF S 4dr

MPG (city)

16

16

18

24

MPG (highway)

24

24

26

29

MPG (combined)

19

19

21

23

The CTS V-Sport and the Maserati Ghibli suffer in terms of fuel efficiency due to their high-performance outputs and share the similar, and lowest, economy ratings of 16 mpg in cities, 24 mpg on highways and 19 mpg combined.

Interior

7.6/10
“Some concessions made to design affect overall usability. Touch-sensitive controls abound and simply don't work as well as knobs and hard keys, and the glossy interior trim is reflective and sometimes distracting. High points include a good driving position and decent entry/exit room.”- Edmunds

Seating and comfort

The front seats of the Sedan are reasonably spacious in terms of knee room and headroom. What's disappointing is the compromised outward visibility and cramped rear seats. All the vehicles have a passenger capacity of five except for the Mercedes Benz CLS, which can accommodate only four passengers.

Model

Cadillac CTS V Sport

Maserati Ghibli S 4dr

Mercedes Benz CLS 550 4dr

Jaguar XF S 4dr

Passenger capacity

5

5

4

5

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

40.4/56.9/45.7

38.8/57.8/37.7

36.9/57.1/42.1

37.1/56.9/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/54.8/35.4

38.8/56.5/33.2

36.1/56.5/35.0

37.6/56.4/36.6

The CTS V-Sport Sedan dominates the front row headroom and legroom. The Mercedes suffers from the lack of headroom; the shortage of legroom that makes the Maserati a bit congested.

For the rear seats, the Maserati provides spacious headroom while you can stretch your legs out comfortably in the Jaguar. While the Mercedes continues to suffer from the lack of headroom, the Maserati has the least legroom for the rear passengers.

Interior Features

  • 8-way height adjustable driver and passenger seats with multilevel heating
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Split folding rear seatback
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with the transmission, audio and cruise controls
  • Universal remote transmitter and keyless ignition
  • Interior air filtration and climate control
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment

The infotainment system of the V-Sport Sedan isn’t close to being high-tech. the updated features include an intuitive menu layout, two USB ports for rear seat passengers and larger easy-to-active buttons. The 8-inch touchscreen display is the same. It is compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

  • 13 Bose premium brand speakers
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input and surround audio
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • AM/FM stereo 

Cargo

The 2018 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Sedan doesn’t impress much with practicality as well because of its reduced trunk capacity, small interior storage option and high lift over height.

Model

Cadillac CTS V Sport

Maserati Ghibli S 4dr

Mercedes Benz CLS 550 4dr

Jaguar XF S 4dr

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.7

17.7

11.0

19.1

The Jaguar XF houses the largest trunk with 19.1 cubic feet of storage capacity. The Maserati also has a decent cargo space of 17.7 cubic feet. The 2018 CTS V-Sport Sedan holds a respectable position with 13.7 cubic feet of trunk while the Mercedes Benz is the least accommodating with 11 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Exterior

7.6/10
“The 2018 CTS-V looks terrific from just about any angle. Especially with the Carbon Black package, the already-sharp lines of the standard CTS take on an intimidating aura with the CTS-V's wide fenders, big wheels, and tires, and vented hood. What's surprising is the reaction the CTS-V gets from younger enthusiasts, who wholeheartedly embrace the car's mix of luxury and menace.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The Sedan gets a more athletic appearance with an aggressive stance. Additions like larger wheels and the Carbon Black appearance package further add to narrow and long shape. The dimensions complement its performance-oriented characteristic and highlight its sport façade. The cramped back seat is a result of its trimmed shape.

Model

Cadillac CTS V Sport

Maserati Ghibli S 4dr

Mercedes Benz CLS 550 4dr

Jaguar XF S 4dr

Curb weight (lbs.)

3992

3990

4233

3770

Length(in)

195.5

195.7

194.5

195

Width(in)

72.2

76.6

74.1

78.2

Height(in)

57.2

57.5

55.8

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

4.5

5.1

4.1

Wheelbase (in)

114.6

118.0

113.2

116.5

Track width (in) F/R

61.4/61.7

64.4/65.1

62.9/64.1

61.4/61.8

Other than being the least wide, the V-Sport Sedan has fairly balanced dimensions. The Maserati Ghibli is the longest and tallest among the four and has the largest wheelbase and track width. The Mercedes Benz CLS is the heaviest, shortest in length and height, has the biggest ground clearance and smallest wheelbase. Finally, the lightest among the four – Jaguar XF – is also the widest and has the least ground clearance.

Exterior Features

  • Rear defogger
  • Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
  • Polished alloy wheels and run flat tires
  • Auto delay off dusk sensing headlamp and adaptive headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes with brake drying

Safety

6.6/10

The Cadillac CTS V-Sport comes with an ample suite of active safety features like an automated parking system. The automated emergency braking is a notable omission. The car has scored 5-star rating overall in the NHTSA safety ratings while the IIHS has also rated the Sedan as Good in most of the safety tests including moderate overlap front, Roof strength, side crash and Head restraints and seats.

  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Brakes: Brembo front, performance, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Performance Brake Linings
  • Automatic Parking Assist
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

Competition

Cadillac CTS V-Sport VSMaserati Ghibli S 4dr

The Maserati Ghibli S is a hot Italian sedan with its distinctive curved lines and a powerful engine under the hood backing up its good looks. The 3-liter V6 engine, an 8speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive form the powertrain and drivetrain of the Maserati.

In comparison to the CTS V-Sport Sedan, the Maserati has a similar engine output and acceleration. Both of them share the same fuel economy ratings but the Maserati suffers from its brakes.

Cadillac CTS V-Sport VSMercedes Benz CLS 550 4dr

With its slinky exterior styling, dependable chassis and fashionable interior trimmings, the Mercedes Benz CLS qualify as an attractive sedan. The interiors are dripping with luxury and it enhances the comfortable ride experience. The sloping roof gives it a dashing look while compromising headroom.

When compared with the 2018 CTS V-Sport Sedan, the Mercedes Benz has a slightly less powerful engine and poor acceleration. The fuel economy is better but the braking power isn’t.

Cadillac CTS V-Sport VSJaguar XF S 4dr

A graceful intensity coupled with its quiet ride quality is what defines the handsome Jaguar XF S. With a roomy cabin and a contemporary infotainment system, the Jaguar’s interiors continue to woo. The steering is very obedient, providing competent handling.

Up against the Cadillac CTS V-Sport, there Jaguar has a very low engine performance and poor acceleration. The braking suffers as well but it impresses with its fuel economy.

Final Verdict

The Cadillac CTS V-Sport Sedan is an all-around car in a number of aspects. Performance, comfort, looks - everything seems unique about the Cadillac. An attractive makeover of the infotainment system is much needed. The cramped rear seats can be a turn off as well.

Our final verdict about the Sedan is that being the cheapest among its rivals, the Cadillac is a terrific deal. Therefore, from us, it’s a thumbs-up!

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