First of all it is requested that you completely overlook my previous post on this topic of comparison between the Cadillac CTS and the Jaguar XF. This appeal has been made because I have only recently been able to make an up close and personal evaluation of both cars, au natural. The experience was eye-opening, enlightening, and perception enhancing.
First: Cadillac CTS: The modern interpretation of Cadillac’s Sports Luxury car from the perspective of an STS owner is that the cabin is a bit snug. The upright seating position is not the most comfortable I have experienced during my multi vehicle evaluation (kudos in that regard would go to the Volvo S80). I don’t see the CTS winning a lot of praise from traditional Cadillac owners based upon the interior packaging.
Performance of the DI 3.6 V6 is satisfactory, neither as refined or powerful feeling (torque) as from the Northstar V8, but I concede it may be acceptable to owners of Asian or European midsized sedans, or persons of more diminutive stature. There exists perceptible NVH, in the drive train operation, that I am convinced will be eventually ignored by an owner over time.
What impressed me was the styling, and interior materials used, this was the first Cadillac in a long time to excel at the effort to make the interior luxurious. The feel of the switchgear could be improved, but to be fair for a car priced similarly to the Nissan Maxima, it rocks, freshly out. I give it 3 out of 5 possible stars.
The Jaguar XF is the more recent effort in this comparo, it represents a bold departure from the traditional styling mold of Jaguar. The cabin is luxurious and comfortable, and exuded that old fashioned British charm and aroma, in a contempory body. The switchgear was done with high quality materials, and appeared durable. I would not have felt cheated in this cabin as a daily driver.
Performance of the 4.2 normally aspirated V8 was adequate though at 300 Hp, could have used more power (the XF felt quite heavy). I did later discover that Jaguar has plans to replace the 4.2 with a 5.0 special duty engine as a running change shortly. The engine as tested was velvety smooth, and was supremely hushed; any luxury buyer would not find it objectionable.
While I liked the styling, I don’t know if it’s just because it is new and fresh or how the styling will weather over time? Perhaps here is where the previous S Type may provide some advantage, it still looks dignified.
Comparisons: First off is the Price, at about 38000, the CTS is impossible to beat, and definitely is the better buy over the $57,000 XF. The XF does offer more luxury and amenities, but for almost a $20000 premium. That stratospheric statistic removes the XF from favorably comparing with the CTS. I felt the XF is better comparable to the STS, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Volvo S80. I rated the XF also 3 stars. One point was deducted for the lofty cost this is what kept the XF from winning a decisive victory over the CTS.
What do you think of this Camparo?