2016 Cadillac CT6 Platinum review
Cadillac's new luxury saloon is good to drive but simply can't match European rivals when it comes to the bigger picture
by Mark Tisshaw
14 July 2016
What is it?
Cadillac is back for another crack at the European market. Only this time, it really means it. Well, kind of.
The General Motors brand has now admitted what we knew all along: it just canít compete with the likes of Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz on their home soil, so it isnít going to try.
What it can do, however, is offer is a selection of distinctively styled models with plenty of equipment, powerful engines and, hopefully, some decent driving dynamics, thanks to the new models being lighter. It also hopes to build up a customer base of discerning buyers who Ďgetí the brand and give it some visibility and credibility in Europe.
The first of these new models is the new Cadillac CT6. It sits in the luxury saloon segment alongside the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but itís perhaps closest in ideology to the Jaguar XJ.
What's it like?
Kudos to Cadillac: it has gone and made a big saloon that looks and feels like no other. This isnít some homogenised bland box either to look at or drive; it has real character and distinction. Those looks ainít to my tastes, but hell, at least it's distinctive and recognisable as a Cadillac, when in truth the brand has no real right or expectation to be recognised as anything at all here in Europe.
Letís start with the good stuff. It feels light on its feet, nimble even. It wonít necessarily thrill through corners, but it does display impressive agility and a lightness of touch. Although the Cadillac is no lighter than its rivals, all of the heavy steel bits have been put in the middle of the car, so with aluminium front and rear ends, a light engine and a long wheelbase, it turns in nicely and is easy to point out of a corner.CONTINUE AT LINK ABOVEShould I buy one?
The CT6 is certainly not a bad car; it is interesting to drive, and probably to live with. But to win our recommendation it would need to better all its rivals in every key department, and that's before you even get to the caveat that it's left-hand drive only, costs seventy grand and will probably have some rather ugly depreciation. So it doesnít.
We admire Cadillac for making it and giving UK buyers the chance to buy one officially and we would even more so if diesel or plug-in hybrid drivetrains and right-hand were offered. Still, we shall watch Cadillacís progress with interest.
Image courtesy of autocar.co.uk