2020 CT4-V Review

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    2020 CT4-V Review

    My 2018 ATS 2.0 Luxury AWD lease was up, so I went testing the CT5 Prem Lux 2.0.
    Of course it didn't corner like my ATS, the new CT5 2.0 is slower, it didn't ride all that
    much smoother than ATS and the CT5 seat bottom is 1" shorter/less than ATS/CTS,
    making it less comfortable for me at 6'2". I considered ordering a CT5 Prem Lux 3.0,
    but the seat was still bothering me. I didn't want to pay the extra $ for the Plat, to
    get the seats like you see in the Sport or V. I could not see a CT5 Sport with the 2.0,
    with some of them in stock up in the Plat/V price range.

    I wanted those Sport seats without losing any performance, so I decided to rely/bet on
    my ATS experience and research and order a CT4-V. It got built right before the plants
    shutdown. They must have started the Vin's last 6 digits at 100,000 or higher, maybe
    where ATS left off, so it's impossible to know how early a build it is, with a 136nnn seq #.
    I consider this a next gen ATS.

    I was satisfied enough with the ATS 2.0 engine, but not the slower version in CT4/CT5.
    I can tell it's plenty faster, not broken in yet. The CT4 2.7 engine sounds a lot like the
    ATS 2.0, but the exhaust is a lot better, more like a V6/V8 sound. Sound can be adjusted
    some with the Modes discussed in the Mag reviews. It doesn't act or sound like a truck.

    The trans feels really good and quick shifting, no stumble from 1 to 2, like the ATS 8-speed.
    The 2.7 in Prem Lux or V gets the 10-Speed and the electric shifter. The new shifter is pushed
    forward for reverse, back for Drive and press a button for Park.

    Even with the V FE3 suspension, it rides smoother than my ATS luxury. I know it's not the
    Full V and is at the V-Sport level, plenty for most who don't go on a track. It has the Sport seats,
    which are more comfortable than the Lux/Prem Lux standard leather seats in CT4/CT5, which along
    with the 2.7 is why I got the V trim. Before you buy a CT4 or CT5, check out the seats that come
    with a Sport, V or the Platinum CT5 option. If not getting the 2.7 CT4 or 3.0 CT5, consider the
    Sport for the seats.

    CT4 is 4" longer than the ATS. Besides that 4", the hood and trunk are a bit higher, so it looks a
    lot bigger than the ATS. The front is more squared off with the Sig lights out wide, so it looks
    bigger than ATS. Tires are Continental RF with AWD. AWD only costs $500, because it replaces MRC.
    There are more Mode options. Mymode only adjusts 3 features in Tour.
    Vmode can be used for all Perf or to be more variable than MyMode. If you have MRC, the
    suspension will be adjustable also in the Modes.

    The top level Bose stereo sounds good and seems to provide more base if you want it.
    You can control common things like sound, next, etc, multiple ways, buttons, dial, steering wheel,
    voice. This should save wear on the CUE screen.

    Back seat room is the same as ATS, but if that is an issue for anyone, they need a CT5 or SUV.
    The dealers free Nitrous air in the tires doesn't seem to do much, as I see the pressure change
    normally between 70° and 40° days. The front Sport seats have side bolsters and cushion length
    adjustment.

    CT4 has the general look of a smaller CT6.
    The CT5 Sport with the 2.0 at $58-60K I see on lots doesn't make much sense, compared to
    the CT4-V 2.7 with medium options at $52, with a few less options. The ATS Premium RWD
    would be the closest to the CT4-V, which is faster and will cost less, depending on options.

    I have the no cost Summit White with Black seats. Crystal White is not an option on the V.
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    Re: 2020 CT4-V Review

    So the engine is smooth, both in operation and when you are in drive but at a stop?

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    Thanks for the review. Sounds like you really like the CT4-V.
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    Re: 2020 CT4-V Review

    Thanks for the review, Arts!

    Quick question, were you able to test-drive a CT4 with the regular 2.0T 8sp when you were at the dealer? Obviously the 2.7T/10sp is faster, but does the 8sp have the same 1-2 shift hesitation that you mention for your 8sp ATS? Thanks.


    I'm hoping some day (it won't be soon, thank you virus) they offer a Cadillac-exclusive tune for the 2.0T. Call it 275hp to fit under the 2.7T. Standard on Sport and PremLux...with the 10sp auto. To make the price, I guess Lux could stick with the current 2.0T/8sp.

    Man that CT4-V looks good in white. I gotta say Caddy did a nice job with the colors for the CT4/CT5. I'd have a tough time choosing.

    The way work is going (long story short: not well) I doubt I'll be buying a CT4 later this year. Who knows maybe a miracle will happen. But I'm healthy, so far, so happy about that.

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    Re: 2020 CT4-V Review

    Congrats on your purchase...post more often!
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    Re: 2020 CT4-V Review

    Excellent review, ArtsCadillac! I agree with dannyg that CT4 looks fantastic in a solid, non-metallic white exterior color, and am also pleased that Cadillac is offering that color (Summit White) at no extra charge on CT4 and CT5.
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    Re: 2020 CT4-V Review

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    So the engine is smooth, both in operation and when you are in drive but at a stop?
    It is smooth at a stop, like the ATS 2.0. Start/Stop works like ATS, maybe smoother.

    I think just because the 2.7 was used in a truck, that will not be like a truck in a car and it's tuned to be faster in the CT4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyg View Post
    Thanks for the review, Arts!

    Quick question, were you able to test-drive a CT4 with the regular 2.0T 8sp when you were at the dealer? Obviously the 2.7T/10sp is faster, but does the 8sp have the same 1-2 shift hesitation that you mention for your 8sp ATS? Thanks.

    I'm hoping some day (it won't be soon, thank you virus) they offer a Cadillac-exclusive tune for the 2.0T. Call it 275hp to fit under the 2.7T. Standard on Sport and PremLux...with the 10sp auto. To make the price, I guess Lux could stick with the current 2.0T/8sp.

    Man that CT4-V looks good in white. I gotta say Caddy did a nice job with the colors for the CT4/CT5. I'd have a tough time choosing.
    I did not test drive a CT4. There were none in stock. Mine was ordered. I did test drive a
    few CT5 2.0T with the 10 speed. They felt peppy off the line like 0-30/40, but reviews
    said 6.5 or so to 60. I figured performance to be basically the same in the CT4.
    The CT4 is in stock now, but 2.7 is rare.

    Hopefully the 8-speed is good now. I did drive the slower 2.0 in a XT4, but I think that
    has a 9-speed FWD. It did not hesitate. New trans fluid was supposed to fix the 8-speed.

    I do feel they should offer an option to get the 2.0 back into the 275HP 300TQ area,
    like you say on Sport and PremLux, with the 10sp auto. That is enough power to be
    faster than a high %% of vehicles. I am normally not a V type driver,
    but this V JR is good to have perf above a high %% of other drivers. I just don't want
    common cars/SUVs being the same perf as my Cadillac with the slower 2.0.

    The 2020 CT4/CT5 colors are a lot of dark colors. I had Crystal White on my ATS.
    I might have gotten that again, but it's not on the V. I like Radiant Silver, but it's
    gone for now. Satin Steel is dark, unless the sun is bright. It doesn't look as bright as
    it does in the auto show pictures, with bright lights on it. Maybe a silver will be back
    in the future, to replace a red or the green.
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    Re: 2020 CT4-V Review

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    It is smooth at a stop, like the ATS 2.0. Start/Stop works like ATS, maybe smoother.

    I think just because the 2.7 was used in a truck, that will not be like a truck in a car and it's tuned to be faster in the CT4.
    I forgot about the stop/start - the engine not running will certainly make it smooth at a stop sign My 2013 ATS 2.0T (pre-start/stop) has a little lumpiness at a stop sign that I wish wasn't there.

    I have an appointment to drive a premium luxury CT4 with the 2.7 this Saturday! Stay tuned, I'll write-up my thoughts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I forgot about the stop/start - the engine not running will certainly make it smooth at a stop sign My 2013 ATS 2.0T (pre-start/stop) has a little lumpiness at a stop sign that I wish wasn't there.

    I have an appointment to drive a premium luxury CT4 with the 2.7 this Saturday! Stay tuned, I'll write-up my thoughts!
    I idled a lot in my driveway, working on CUE options and checking out buttons/options, so I have idled plenty
    with the engine on. It is smooth.

    Try to test drive some in Sport Mode, to see the quick shifts.

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    I idled a lot in my driveway, working on CUE options and checking out buttons/options, so I have idled plenty
    with the engine on. It is smooth.

    Try to test drive some in Sport Mode, to see the quick shifts.
    I definitely will, if the roads are dry I almost always drive my ATS in sport mode just because the shift quality is so much better!

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