While the old ATS-V had a great chassis, the cabin was found severely lacking. With the CT5's growth spurt, it now provides a more viable cabin in terms of passenger space, with rear-seat passengers on the receiving end of greater space and comfort. Material quality has also seen an increase in the transition, but while we can't fault how it all feels, we can't help but feel the interior seems a little pedestrian. Sure, there's leather and carbon, and the touchscreen infotainment interface looks great, but the design itself is staid and feels more Chevrolet Malibu than hot-performance Caddy. Still, it's a big step up, which means the CT5-V might finally be competing on a level playing field with the German competition.
The Cadillac CT5-V is a strictly five-seater sedan, with a decent amount of space for all occupants. With the growth spurt compared to the old ATS, there's now more room for rear occupants, with 36.6 inches of headroom and 37 inches of legroom, mimicking rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, give or take a little. The pair of front occupants enjoy the lion's share of the space, with up to 39 inches of headroom and 42.4 inches of legroom. 18-way power-adjustable sports front seats are standard in the CT5-V, providing high levels of adjustment and support, although these are the same items as found in the lesser Sport trim and do little to set the V apart as a 'special' car.
|Cadillac CT5-V Trims||Base|
|Headroom Front Seat||39 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.6 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.4 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||37 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55.7 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||53.7 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||53.7 in.|
By default, the 18-way adjustable sports seats are upholstered in leatherette - a bit cheap for this level if you ask us, but at least it feels of a decent quality. Depending on how you spec your CT5-V, this can be perforated for ventilation functionality, but we'd rather look at the Platinum Package ($5,990), which upgrades seating surfaces to semi-aniline leather in Sedona Sauvage with Jet Black accents. We'd prefer a greater range of choice as to both materials and colors, and can't help but feel that this one or the other approach is a way of cutting costs and withholding a truly premium experience from buyers. However, there are still classy and sporty touches throughout, like carbon fiber trim panels and a standard leather steering wheel which is thicker than the regular item and plays host to magnesium shift paddles. The latter can be optionally swapped out for a suede microfiber steering wheel with a matching shift knob for $300.
Seating space may be on par with rivals, but if you're looking for a practical sports sedan with a large trunk, the CT5-V is not it. Just 11.9 cubic feet is all the space you'll find inside the trunk, falling below the 13 cubes offered by the BMW 3 Series. There are, however, available convenience options like a hands-free trunk lid, as well as a standard split-folding rear seat that makes it possible to load longer items, although limited depth in the trunk means you need to be careful with how large the suitcases are you wish to tuck in there.
Inside the cabin, things are more or less on par with rivals, thanks to dual cupholders on the center console, decently sized door pockets, and a storage bin beneath the center armrest.
|Cadillac CT5-V Trims||Base|
|Trunk Volume||11.9 cu. ft.|
It might be close to the top of the CT5 range, but the V model doesn't get all options thrown at it in some attempt to make it an all-inclusive package. No, you can still add heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a dual-pane sunroof, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and a hands-free trunk lid to the mix through various packages. What you do get standard, however, is 18-way power adjustment for both front seats, power tilt-and-telescoping steering adjustment, memory functionality for the driver, launch control, adaptive dampers, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park sensors, and forward-collision alert with automatic emergency braking. You also get keyless access, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Mention the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment suite, and current owners will cringe. It's hardly been the best infotainment suite on the market for some time, and even when it launched it was somewhat substandard. Things have improved, however, and the new generation equipped to the CT5-V is much, much better.
The system employs a ten-inch touchscreen with a full array of functionality including AM/FM radio, HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, three USB ports, connected apps, and Bluetooth functionality, while full smartphone integration is made possible by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A nine-speaker sound system used to handle audio, but the far better 15-speaker Bose sound system that was optional last year is fitted as standard this year. Navigation is optionally available.