The outgoing CTS-V was a bucket of fun and posed a genuine threat to the dominance of German performance sedans but could never compete in one specific department, that being its interior. Cadillac has improved by leaps and bounds in terms of interior quality with the cabin of the CT4-V Blackwing. The choice of materials is not surprising, as most cars in this class all use a similar combination of black plastic, soft-touch plastics, leather, and suede. The interior design is classy but does have a sporty edge, and the feeling of quality as a whole is good, if not at the level of a BMW or Merc. With tasteful touches such as ambient interior lighting and tech features, including in-car Wi-Fi and wireless phone charging, this is one classy Caddy.
As a driver-focused vehicle, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing makes sure that those in the front are comfortable and well supported. Both front passengers get lumbar control, and the driver gets a memory system for multiple profiles. There's ample leg and headroom in the front, so six-footers can rest easy, but the news isn't so great for those occupying the back seats. The CT4-V Blackwing is a subcompact executive, so it will have to make some sacrifices, and that sacrifice comes in the form of backseat space. With only 33.4 inches of rear legroom, things can feel tight for taller passengers, but at least there's enough headroom for most.
|Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Trims||Blackwing|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.4 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||33.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||55.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||53.9 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||53 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||52.5 in.|
Cadillac has come miles in terms of interior quality, and while the CT4-V Blackwing isn't class-leading, it feels like a near-premium product. As standard, this Caddy comes with a set of Jet Black Inteluxe seats, but for $3,000, you can get Jet Black leather/performance cloth/suede microfiber and Inteluxe combo front seats. If leather is more your thing, Cadillac offers this upgrade for $5,500 and it comes in Jet Black, Natural Tan, or Sky Cool Gray. This leather upgrade includes suede microfiber interior trim, ventilated high-performance bucket seats, and lumbar massage for the front seats. The Sebring and Watkins Glen IMSA Edition cars get either Sky Cool Gray or Signet interior accents, while those for the Road Atlanta IMSA Edition are either Sky Cool Gray or Adrenaline Red.
It seems that Cadillac was so focused on entertaining the people inside the car that they forgot said people's luggage. With only 10.7 cubic feet of trunk space on offer, the CT4-V Blackwing has one of the smallest trunk spaces in its class. It offers enough space for four carry-on bags or enough beer to make you believe that you can keep up with your buddy's Porsche 911 on track. A split-folding rear seat is a handy feature for transporting larger items.
Small-item storage is adequate. There's a center console storage nook, a glovebox, cupholders, and door pockets. Cadillac also offers a seatback organizer for the benefit of rear passengers and a collapsible cargo area organizer at extra cost.
|Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Trims||Blackwing|
|Trunk Volume||10.7 cu. ft.|
Customers will be getting their money's worth when buying a new CT4-V Blackwing. This isn't just a fun performance sedan but also a contemporary family vehicle filled with all the latest tech and creature comforters. Standard features include a 12-inch HD driver instrument cluster, leatherette upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, ambient interior lighting, a rearview camera, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Driver-assistance features that come as standard on the CT4-V Blackwing include lane change alert with blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, Intellibeam auto high beam headlights, forward collision alert, and front and rear parking sensors. Optional extras include a head-up display, ventilated front seats, and a performance data and video recorder.
It is disappointing to note that despite all the effort that has gone into making the interior feel upmarket, Cadillac neglected to spend the same amount of effort on the infotainment system. You get a small eight-inch display with mediocre graphics and a so-so user interface, but at least contemporary features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto make an appearance. You also get an HD Radio, Bluetooth, SiriusXM with 360L, two USB ports, connected apps, navigation with available real-time traffic alerts, and a banging 15-speaker sound system that sounds great when blasting any ZZ Top song.