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2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

This era of automobiles has seen a fair amount of enthusiastic drivers looking for sporty performance out of a full sized luxury car. The Automotive giants noticed it and reacted, giving birth to sporty yet luxurious saloons. One of such Giants being, The Cadillac.

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Pros

Spacious interior with good quality materials throughout

Powerful and punchy V6 engine

Exceptionally comfortable seats

Plenty of standard features on offer

Cons

Narrow trunk opening causes inconvenience

Touch sensitive controls can be troublesome to use while driving

What's New?

Refreshed Front and rear

Improved Chassis for better riding experience


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$72495

bodystyle

4dr sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

137 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

217

horsepower

410 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 1900 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

111.7 in.

length

200.9 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

59.4 in.

curb weight

4200 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

18 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

158 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/23/18 mpg

ev range

320 mi.

highway range

460 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr./ 70000 mi.


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Styles

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Black Raven

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Platinum Twin Turbo

Platinum Twin Turbo

power
410 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$72,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum Twin Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) Starting at $72,495 MSRP (16/18/23) 410 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial May 29, 2019


They jacked up the engine of their well-known XTS Sedan, added two turbos and created the XTS V-Sport. They threw in some sporty genes under the hood while still maintaining the sheer creature comfort that the XTS has been known for. Powered by the same 3.6L V6 mill, it still manages to produce significantly more power and torque figures, thus, making the XTS engaging behind the steering too.

With the V-Sport, Cadillac pokes the territories of the BMW 550i xDrive, Lexus LS 500 F-Sport and the Genesis G90 Ultimate.

2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Features

The V-Sport is available in just one trim called the Platinum. It comes equipped with so many features that you wont even have to go through the optional packages that the Cadillac offers for it XTS series. The V-Sport ensures maximum safety and luxury for its passengers. Step inside the vehicle and you will be pampered like a baby.

Features like, massaging seats, illuminated entry and exits, 360-degree rear view camera, 12 - airbags, Bluetooth connectivity with android auto and apple Carplay come standard with the V-Sport.

Trims

V-Sport Platinum

MSRP

$73,490

Key Features

20 inch alloy wheels with sterling silver finish

 

Front Bucket seats with 22-way electronic adjustability and massage functions

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 

360-degree view parking camera

 

14-Speaker audio system by Bose Studio surround

 

Power operated sunroof

 

Front and rear park assist

 

Heated front and rear seats

 

Power operated rake and telescopic steering column

 

Rear window power operated sunshade

 

Brembo performance brakes with 4-wheel anti lock system

Recommendation

Since this is the top of the line trim, you won't need to scratch your head to figure out which one you should go for. This car will be loaded with everything as standard that Cadillac offers as option for lower trims of the XTS.

2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Engine

The top-of-the-line XTS V-Sport Platinum offers enough dynamic chops to feel modern when driving at speed, which also seems out of character with the rest of the car. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The standard 3.6L V6 engine found in the lower trims of the XTS is accompanied by two turbos to form the more powerful V-Sport. It churns out 410 HP of power and throws 369 ft-lbs of force on the crank. The power is focused on the top of the tachometer but the torque band is fairly wide enough to get you into momentum as soon as you increase weight on the pedal. Not that it is excitingly fast, but it will surely give you the chills.

This engine transfers the power to all four wheels through a 6-speed shiftable automatic drivetrain. The gearbox works like a charm but it is biased more towards the luxury side. However, take the manual control of the shifts and you'll be in for a surprise from the V6 motor.

Models

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport

BMW M550i xDrive

Lexus LS500 F-Sport RWD

Genesis G90 Ultimate

MSRP

$73,490

$74,895

$82,025

$75,345

Engine

Twin Turbo 3.6L V6

Twin Turbo 4.4L V8

Twin Turbo 3.5L V6

Twin Turbo 5.0L V8

Transmission

6-Speed shiftable automatic

8-Speed shiftable automatic

10-Speed shiftable automatic

8-Speed shiftable automatic

Power (HP)

410 @ 6000 RPM

456 @ 5500 RPM

416 @ 6000 RPM

420 @ 6000 RPM

Torque (ft-lbs)

369 @ 1900 RPM

480 @ 1800 RPM

442 @ 1600 RPM

383 @ 5000 RPM

The rivals have surpassed the Caddie in terms of power and torque figures. Although the Caddie is a little gentler on the pocket, it lacks the sheer performance which is offered by its rivals. The BMW flaunts the best equipped engine and is fairly more vocal than the others. Lexus comes in next followed by the G90.

Acceleration

For a car tipping scales over the 4000 lbs mark, achieving 0-60MPH in 5.2 seconds is rather commendable. The V-Sport can breach the quarter mile mark in 13.6 seconds. Plunging you into the seats is not its forte, but certainly spices up the driving dynamics of the boring chauffeur-friendly XTS.

Models

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport

BMW M550i xDrive

Lexus LS500 F-Sport RWD

Genesis G90 Ultimate

0-60 MPH

5.2 sec

3.8 sec

5.0 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

12.1 sec

13.4 sec

13.7 sec

Engine

3.6L V6

4.4L V8

3.5L V6

5.0L V8

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

8.8

8.9

7.7

9.3

In terms of acceleration, the BMW leaves the rest of the competition in dust and zooms past them. No other car even touches the periphery of the BMW. The Lexus and the Cadillac are very close to each other while the bulky Genesis is left for the last position inspite of being equipped with the biggest engine.

Braking

This 4200 lbs beast takes just 118 ft to come to a halt from 60MPH. As impressive as it is, the diving front end could get scary. The V-Sport is equipped with a softer suspension setup which diminishes the sportiness of the car. The 6-piston Brembo brakes work delightfully with a bit longer but a gradual pedal travel.

Model

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport

BMW M550i xDrive

Lexus LS500 F-Sport RWD

Genesis G90 Ultimate

Brake pads Front (in)

13.6

NA

15.7

14.8

Brake pads Rear (in)

12.4

NA

14.1

13.4

Curb weight (lbs)

4200

4372

4707

4905

60-0 MPH

118 ft

NA

132 ft.

NA

Although the braking details of the BMW are unavailable, their reputation in terms of sportiness speaks for the M550i too. The Cadillac stops way before the Lexus because of the massive difference in their weights. Judging by the weight, the mammoth G90 is no where in the competition here.

Ride and Handling

The hydraulic steering in the V-Sport feels well-weighed, precise and the feedback promotes confidence. However, there have been complaints about slight torque steer on the highways.

The suspension setup, or as Cadillac calls it, the MagneRide setup executes the function of reading the upcoming terrain and adjusting itself accordingly. Throw it into a corner, and you might be surprised with the agility from a car as heavy as this. However, you might feel some body roll creeping inside.

For an ageing car like the XTS, the V-Sport trim manages to keep it lively and interesting to be in.

2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Fuel Economy

For a car aimed at an older demographic, usability may be a challenge. The XTS suffers from a fussy tech interface, challenging visibility and a cabin that doesn't feel as roomy as it should. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The interior of the V-Sport feels a little dated. Clustered switches around the center console are inconvenient to get hold of. The plastics have a premium soft-touch finish but if you dig deeper, you might find some hard plastics concealed around the cabin.

For a large-sized luxury car, the Cadillac offers decent cabin space. It falls a little short of the rear leg room as compared to its German rivals though. The seats have been wrapped with premium quality leather and the massaging feature adds to the sheer comfort they offer. The seats are well cushioned and they hug you properly. However, the rear cabin might take away the airy feel because of the smaller windows.

Models

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport

BMW M550i xDrive

Lexus LS500 F-Sport RWD

Genesis G90 Ultimate

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39/57.9/42.1

38.8/58.7/41.4

37.3/58.8/41.0

41.1/59.1/46.3

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

37.8/56.3/40.0

37.5/55.9/36.5

37.3/56.4/38.9

38/57.9/37.8

The Cadillac, when pitted against it's competitors, performs fairly. It offers more space than the BMW and the Lexus but falls short of the space offered by the G90.

Interior Features

The interior of the V-Sport has been loaded with a ton of features. Some of them are:

  • Active Remote Start
  • Air Filtration system
  • Leather Wrapped interior enhancements
  • 14-Speaker surround sound system by Bose
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Keyless entry with push button start
  • Electric Power Steering with heating function
  • Wireless Charging Pad
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Electric sunroof
  • Tri-zone Climate control

Infotainment

The 12.3 inch touchscreen unit has a crisp display which works flawlessly. It packs a host of features like:

  • Android Auto and Apple carplay
  • 4-USB Ports
  • Bluetooth System
  • Inbuilt Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Universal Home Remote (3 - channel)
  • Rear vision camera with surround view

Cargo Space

The V-Sport offers an impressive 18.0 cu.ft of cargo volume. It is enough to carry the luggage of 5 people and then some extra too. The V-Sport also offers the option to fold the rear seats at the press of a button to uncover a humungous amount of cargo capacity, an option missing in most of its rivals. However, the narrow and higher opening of the trunk lid might pose a problem in loading the cargo.

Model

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport

BMW M550i xDrive

Lexus LS500 F-Sport RWD

Genesis G90 Ultimate

Volume (cu.ft) (All Seats Up)

18.0

18.7

17.0

15.7

The Cadillac just falls a little short of the BMW in terms of trunk capacity but given that you can fold the rear seats in the V-Sport, the BMW loses out. The G90, inspite of being bigger and bulkier than its rivals, offers the least cargo capacity while the Lexus sits between the BMW and the G90.

2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Interior

The 2018 Cadillac XTS harmoniously blends curves and angles in a way that hides its girth well. It's as attractive inside as out, especially with this year's upgrades. - Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

The V-Sport weighs at just 4200 lbs. which is quite less for a vehicle that belongs to this segment. It's 200.9 inches of length is just average but the wheelbase of 111.7 inches is disappointingly less.

Models

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport

BMW M550i xDrive

Lexus LS500 F-Sport RWD

Genesis G90 Ultimate

Curb weight (lbs)

4200

4372

4707

4905

Length (in)

200.9

195.4

206.1

204.9

Width (in) (w/o mirror)

72.9

73.5

74.8

75.4

Height (in)

59.4

57.8

57.5

58.9

Ground clearance (in)

NA

NA

5.9

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

111.7

117.1

123.0

124.4

The competition is way ahead of the Caddie in terms of wheelbase. The G90 and the Lexus are massive in dimensions followed by the BMW. The Caddie might feel puny in front of the other three cars.

Exterior Features

  • Cap less fueling system
  • LED Headlamps with Daytime running lights
  • Platinum 20 Multi-spoke Alloy wheels
  • Heated Rear view mirrors
  • Front Cornering Lamps
  • Dual stainless steel Exhaust tips
  • Remote-trunk lid opener

2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Exterior

The V-Sport manages to return 16 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highways. These figures are lower than the conventional 3.6L V6 offered on the lower trims but hey, Cadillac has focused on the sportiness. The mileage was ought to decrease.

Model

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport

BMW M550i xDrive

Lexus LS500 F-Sport RWD

Genesis G90 Ultimate

MPG (City)

16

16

19

15

MPG (Highway)

23

25

30

23

MPG (Combined)

18

19

23

18

2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Safety

Safety Features

The V-Sport has plenty of safety features like:

  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front and rear automated braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front - head,knee and side impact airbags
  • Rear- seat mounted curtain airbags
  • Blind-Spot monitoring system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • All wheel traction control system
  • Automatic crash response system
  • Adaptive air-suspension system
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Anti-Lock Braking system

2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Competition

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport vs BMW M550i xDrive:

The BMW offers outright sporty performance. The V-Sport comes nowhere close to it. It's a totally different story on the luxury front though. The V-Sport offers sheer comfort and a ton of features complementing it. The BMW is well equipped too but doesn't match the sheer comfort offered by the V-Sport. The suspension setup on the BMW is stiffer and offers a harsher ride quality than the Caddie. But, throw the Beemer into a corner and it'll leave the Caddie biting the dust. All in all, if sportiness is your preference over compromised luxury, BMW is your pick, but, if you prefer luxury with a pinch of sportiness, The Caddie makes a better choice. Also, the Caddie is a little gentler on the pocket.

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport vs Lexus LS 500 F sport RWD:

The Lexus has a better laid out interior. It also houses more volume inside the cabin. The Caddie, on the other hand, is no less. Do not have blind faith on the paper figures because practically, the V-Sport has enough room to adjust average sized adults and engulf them into luxury. It also has the benefit of All-Wheel-Drive system as compared to the Rear wheel drive on the Lexus. The V-Sport is very similar to the Lexus, just cheaper in price.

Cadillac XTS Platinum V-Sport vs Genesis G90 Ultimate:

The G90 Ultimate might pack a 5.0L engine under the hood, but its no where as sporty as the Cadillac. The purpose of the V-Sport was to blend sportiness into the renowned luxurious cabin of the XTS. The Genesis is a full fledged luxury car focusing on the rear occupants more. The drive is not as engaging as in the Caddie. The G90 has a considerable amount of body roll and given its heavy weight, it will not encourage being thrown into corners. To serve the purpose of sportiness and luxury, the Caddie comes out to be as more faithful than the Genesis G90.

2018 Cadillac XTS V-Sport Sedan Final Verdict

If you are going to spend more time behind the wheel than being chauffeured around, the V-Sport will be your perfect companion. It surely is a wolf in sheep's clothing. You won't notice it as a fast car for it's looks, but floor the pedal and you will see its true colors.