2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

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    2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

    2020 Cadillac CT4-V First Drive | The Cadillac of compact Cadillacs
    Byron Hurd
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    June 10, 2020

    We only got to drive the CT4-V this go around, but on the road, we found it strikes a near-perfect balance between luxury and performance. Its eagerness and athleticism never encroach on its luxury mission until you ask them to, whether you dial in your own drive mode profile — Cadillac calls it “My Mode” — or you simply reach for the one-click V-Mode option on the steering wheel.

    When you’re on the highway, the CT4-V is composed and buttoned-down without being in-your-face. Its adaptive cruise control (part of the $1,100 Driver Assist package) maintains speeds just about perfectly, demanding little attention and prompting little consternation. It can also be shut off if you'd prefer plain old cruise control. The seats are relatively plush but supportive and offer plenty of adjustment for individual preferences — a bit of a theme for the CT4-V.

    Thanks to the Magnetic Ride Control and the CT4’s drive-by-wire systems, virtually everything about the sedan changes depending on the mode you select. In Sport or Track modes, the brakes react to the most minute pedal pressure, ready to bring the CT4-V’s 3,616-pound heft to a stop if need-be...


    ...So many of Cadillac’s recent products have prompted us to say things like, “It’s pretty good, but…” The CT4-V needs no such qualifier. To put it succinctly, they nailed it.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

    That's what I like to read about my future car!

    I didn't notice any oddness with the engine/drivetrain about starting from zero with regular acceleration. I did notice that in sport mode the artificial exhaust sound was loud, even with light throttle.

    Just as I think it's long since time that the press stops mentioning the Cimmaron, they have to stop it with this fake confusion over the V line-up, everyone is over it, now it's just derivative and annoying.

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    I think I just saw one of these today! I immediately recognized it as a Cadillac as it drove toward me - those lovely blades of light! By the time it registered with me what I was seeing, it had already passed. The front end was more angular that it appears in photos, which is a good thing. Overall, my quick impression was "wow!".

    Now, about that coupe...
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyspaw View Post
    I think I just saw one of these today! I immediately recognized it as a Cadillac as it drove toward me - those lovely blades of light! By the time it registered with me what I was seeing, it had already passed. The front end was more angular that it appears in photos, which is a good thing. Overall, my quick impression was "wow!".

    Now, about that coupe...
    Definitely looks different in real life vs. pictures. I love the back end/trunk in the flesh but at first it looked a little odd in pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Definitely looks different in real life vs. pictures. I love the back end/trunk in the flesh but at first it looked a little odd in pictures.
    I like it in person and in pics. The pics in this article look great. I do find the rear a little lacking in person, thinking it could use the LED taillight at the top of the decklid or something. There appears to be a bit of a spoiler on in these pics and it looks great.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert1969 View Post
    ...So many of Cadillac’s recent products have prompted us to say things like, “It’s pretty good, but…” The CT4-V needs no such qualifier. To put it succinctly, they nailed it. ...
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

    Motor1 was less kind to the CT4-V; it's the first lukewarm-to-negative review I've found.

    https://www.motor1.com/reviews/42847...v-first-drive/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tethys View Post
    Motor1 was less kind to the CT4-V; it's the first lukewarm-to-negative review I've found.

    https://www.motor1.com/reviews/42847...v-first-drive/
    Motor 1 really seems extremely anti-Cadillac. They are almost certain to give the most negative review they can come up with when it comes to Cadillac. You could give them an S Class with a Cadillac badge abd they’d come up with a negative review.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Tethys View Post
    Motor1 was less kind to the CT4-V; it's the first lukewarm-to-negative review I've found.

    https://www.motor1.com/reviews/42847...v-first-drive/
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    Motor 1 really seems extremely anti-Cadillac. They are almost certain to give the most negative review they can come up with when it comes to Cadillac. You could give them an S Class with a Cadillac badge abd they’d come up with a negative review.
    I drove it and it's a really good vehicle. I don't know what he's talking about with it lacking tech, seems to have everything the A3, etc. has. Engine is fun, smooth and willing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tethys View Post
    Motor1 was less kind to the CT4-V; it's the first lukewarm-to-negative review I've found.

    https://www.motor1.com/reviews/42847...v-first-drive/
    Lukewarm to negative is an understatement! How about unadulterated hatred 🤣

    Hates the engine
    Hates the brakes
    Hates the interior materials
    Hates the backseat
    Hates the infotainment
    Doesn’t like the seats

    Hard to take it too seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I drove it and it's a really good vehicle. I don't know what he's talking about with it lacking tech, seems to have everything the A3, etc. has. Engine is fun, smooth and willing.
    When I consider reviews, I try to look at the overall picture, not any one review. There’s always a contrarian out there trying to stir up clicks and views and make a name for themselves. And those kinds of takes always have influence because there are always contrarians in the general public too.

    It’s clear from the reviews that the CT4-V and CT5-V are both a blast to drive and have the benefit of being more affordable than their rivals. It’s also clear that people love the 550T (except, I am sure Motor 1).

    By the way, have y’all seen the Ward’s Auto review of the CT5-V?

    https://www.wardsauto.com/test-drive...cadillac-ct5-v
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

    Nice find, Robert, thanks! Finally, a new Cadillac sedan review with an interior that's not all black! I don't think most potential shoppers realize other interior colors will be available because initial production was limited to black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakers View Post
    Lukewarm to negative is an understatement! How about unadulterated hatred 🤣

    Hates the engine
    Hates the brakes
    Hates the interior materials
    Hates the backseat
    Hates the infotainment
    Doesn’t like the seats

    Hard to take it too seriously.
    Mr. Turkus, like everyone else who has driven CT4-V, loves the chassis tuning. He states,

    "As with the CT5-V, the CT4-V's standard magnetic ride control system is a gem... In terms of outright ride/handling balance, the CT4-V might be the best in class."
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT4-V: First Drive Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakers View Post
    Lukewarm to negative is an understatement! How about unadulterated hatred ��

    Hates the engine
    Hates the brakes
    Hates the interior materials
    Hates the backseat
    Hates the infotainment
    Doesn’t like the seats

    Hard to take it too seriously.
    The commentary about the interior materials is further proof the Motor1 review is just contrarian BS, because while some have criticized the conservative nature of these interiors, they have acknowledged that the materials of both of these cars are suitable for their respective classes.

    Motor1 is the Soviet figure skating judge of Cadillac reviews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert1969 View Post
    The commentary about the interior materials is further proof the Motor1 review is just contrarian BS, because while some have criticized the conservative nature of these interiors, they have acknowledged that the materials of both of these cars are suitable for their respective classes.

    Motor1 is the Soviet figure skating judge of Cadillac reviews.
    As you said earlier - throw out the outliers. If all sources were giving bad reviews then we'd know there's an issue, but when 97% of what we read then we know the reviewer had a chip on his shoulder.

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