It wasn’t so long ago that you could buy a right-hand-drive Cadillac in the UK.
The old CTS was available over here in right-hand drive, but could never cut it against the might of the established German executive offerings. So, once again, Cadillac went back from whence it came.
Today’s Cadillac is a very different beast and heading to Europe with some conviction, with right-hand-drive UK cars a possibility, too. We took the wheel of the all-new CTS in the US to find out whether it should bother coming back.
The CTS rivals the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 in the US with its sharp looks, advanced petrol engines and plenty of tech. It’s a little short on space in the back, but the biggest change for anyone who’s experienced Caddys of old is the quality: this CTS is a seriously plush car. Standard leather seats, soft-touch plastics and a fair dash of style inside make this a real alternative to the usual German contenders.
Tech-wise, it’s bang up-to-date and arguably ahead of the game. From the TFT display to the iPhone integration, there’s all you’d expect and more. The touchscreen works with an annoying click, but that’s the only complaint inside.
The 3.6-litre V6 of our car won’t be particularly fashionable in Europe, but it gives the CTS a decent turn of pace with a soundtrack to match. Grip is strong – there are four-wheel-drive versions, too – although the steering’s a bit numb.
The ride quality of our car, with its fancy magnetic ride control, impressed on dreadful Detroit streets, while the car remained comfy, composed and very quiet on the freeway at UK motorway speeds. Brembo brakes meant decent stopping power, too.