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2017 Cadillac ATS Walk Around


The ATS is distinctive in its styling, distinctively Cadillac, with many more edges than its German competitors, all of them well done. The beak and butt of the American ATS are more chiseled than the German cars. The ATS Coupe boasts a character line that runs the length of the car, and lines that are crisp and handsome. The ATS has good proportions, a long hood and athletic stance.

Coupe or sedan, ATS-V has a presence. Aero kit. Bigger front fascia, wider fenders, larger alloy wheels, fatter tires, twin pipes, domed hood.

Interior

The ATS cabin is warm, plush and crafted. It’s relaxed and ergonomic, draped in wood, leather and metal. The centerstack is cool and high-tech, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. The CUE infotainment system is improved, and shines. The CUE system uses haptic feedback systems that can be frustrating, but it cleans up clutter in the cabin when traveling with a phone or iPod. A wireless charging mat lives in a secret compartment behind the screen.

In front there’s plenty of room and the deep sport buckets are comfortable.

In back it’s a tight fit, with 33 inches of legroom well short of the BMW and Benz.

There isn’t much trunk space either, well below the Audi and Infiniti.

In the coupe, entry and exit can be tricky.

A noise cancellation system keeps the cabin quiet.

The ATS-V is available with Recaro seats with suede accents, but standard cabin materials are about right for the price. Some trim details don’t meet the level of the Mercedes C63 AMG. However when compared to the BMW M3 and M4, the ATS-V feels a step ahead in its leather seats and its metal and plastic trim.

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