(First review I have seen of the CT5 with the platinum package)
2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review
The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward
By: Nigel Atkinson
September 4, 2020
...My wish came true and my Black Raven painted tester arrived sporting a Sedona Sauvage (light brown) interior and the optional V6 engine.
I would suggest you skip the CT5’s 237-hp 2.0-liter inline-four and go for the highly superior 335-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, with 405 ft-lbs @ 2,400 rpm, essentially a tuned-down version of the engine in the CT5-V, which I haven’t driven yet. We estimate it will reach sixty from a standstill in 5.0 seconds.
It’s a handsome looker too, I like the fastback design, I just wish it had a rear hatch instead of a standard trunk lid, that would provide much easier access to the rear cargo area. Other than the strange c-pillar design the CT5 looks the part.
The CT5 is aimed at buyers of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and although it’s a bit shorter, yet roomier, than the CTS sedan it replaced, it is larger than these competitors.
The 3.0-liter 6 cylinder is a gem, it rips through its 10 speeds like a machine gun and the torque is always available no matter where or when you need it. It’s positively grin-inducing. It sounds great in Sport mode too, snarling and popping as it goes and doesn’t ever sound strained even at full chat.
Drive in a more modest manner and the Sports Performance Shift system turns off (a small green cog in the dash tells you when it’s on) and it becomes quite content to warble along in a very serene manner. There’s no turbo lag either, I’m not sure how GM does it, but Audi could learn a thing or two here, this engine pulls like a train. Can you imagine this car with the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under the hood?
It rides on a rear-wheel-drive platform, but you can get all-wheel drive for an extra $3090, I wouldn’t bother, I don’t think it needs since the traction control keeps you out of trouble. The ride is relaxed and you do feel this car has been set up with luxury in mind so it can float a little over undulations but on the plus side, the suspension absorbs most of the rough pavement thrown at it. If you want to feel more planted, then opt for the CT5 V with its sportier adaptive suspension.
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