Being the only American offering in an increasingly European segment The 2020 Cadillac CT4 has a lot to demonstrate. Its sleek design is matched by its spirited driving style and the CT4 is a highly desirable entry-level Caddy that does not ignore the demands and desires of drivers who are avid. Two turbocharged four-cylinder motors are on for sale with a 237-hp 2.0-liter is the standard model, but we’d recommend the option of a 309 horsepower 2.7-liter mill. Customers looking for more performance should look for the CT4-V Blackwing (reviewed separately) and will launch in 2021. For Cadillac the CT4’s less expensive interior doesn’t exactly meet the same standards as the entry-level luxury compact cars like two-series BMW Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz A-class.
What’s New for 2021?
The CT4 is entering its second year of existence with some minor upgrades including a brand new 12.0-inch Digital Gauge Display as well as the available Diamond Sky Edition package. It includes lower body kits, Brembo brakes, model-specific wheels, an aluminum-trimmed central console as well as the option of two-tone leather upholstery, among other things. Cadillac also made previously unaffordable features for driver assistance, such as automatic pedestrian detection and emergency braking, standard and has added the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving mode as an alternative.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The middle of the Premium Luxury trim is the highest-value model in the CT4 range. Upgrading to the basic Luxury version to Premium Luxury includes extras like authentic leather upholstery and 18-inch wheels. We’d suggest you upgrade to an optional Bose high-end audio package that includes navigation as well as the 14-speaker stereo system with a wireless charging pad. Whatever option you pick make sure you do your best and choose the turbocharged version that is more powerful. 2.7-liter 4 cylinder engine.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Buyers have the option of two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. 237 horsepower 2.0-liter is the engine that powers in the basic Luxury or mid-priced Premium Luxury or Sport variants and a 2.7-liter is an option for the Premium Luxury and comes standard in the CT4-V. It puts out 309 horsepower for the first as well as 325 horse power in the second. The smaller engine is coupled with an eight-speed automated and the bigger four is 10 speeds. Rear-wheel drive is the most common configuration and is rare in this class. The competitors like that of Audi A3, BMW 2-series Gran Coupe, and Mercedes A-class are all built in front-drive models. The CT4 has all-wheel drive available for every model as an alternative. We’ve driven the CT4 and found it fast, agile and fast, but we’d have liked more precision of the gearbox with a 10-speed. Even in its sportiest form the suspension of the Caddy can handle potholes with ease and provides a smooth, satisfying handling that anyone who loves cars will appreciate.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The CT4’s two turbocharged four-cylinder engines offer good fuel efficiency. Rear-wheel drive models that have 2.0-liter engines 2.0-liter are rated at 23 mpg in the city as well as 34 mpg for highway as well as 27 combined mpg. By choosing all-wheel drive, you reduce the highway mileage by 2 mpg, and it reduces the number for the entire vehicle by one. The more robust 2.7-liter engine isn’t as efficient, but not significantly and the rear-drive version having a rating of 20 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg when combined. The CT4’s main rivals are the Audi A3, the BMW 2-series Gran Coupe, and the Mercedes-Benz A-class all have similar fuel economy scores.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Within the CT4, Cadillac has wisely changed to a more user-friendly control layout compared to the touchscreen interface of the ATS. While the design of the interior and the high-quality of the materials at initially appear appealing however, they’re essentially unremarkable. Space inside the cabin isn’t enough for adults, particularly in the rear seat however, Cadillac provides a number of luxurious features available on the base trim. These include 12 way power-adjustable front seats as well as dual-zone climate control. Upgrading the trim offers additional desirable features like leather upholstery, magnesium paddle shifters ambient interior lighting as well as memory setting for driver’s seat as well as the mirrors on the outside.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All CT4s include an 8.0-inch touchscreen for information and entertainment that is based on the most recent CUE software. It comes with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces are standard along with the on-board WiFi hotspot. Cadillac provides navigation across all models. It is bundled with wireless charging pads for smartphones and the fourteen-speaker Bose stereo system that can replace the standard 8-speaker setup in the car.