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2020 Cadillac CT4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 9, 2020

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Rishabh Mehra Automotive Content Writer


The new Cadillac CT4 is the latest attempt of Cadillac to compete with the German entry lux sedans. The CT4 replaces the old and aging ATS which had a tough time contending against European players. The interiors were of subpar quality and it lacked that certain sense of luxury as a whole package. CT4, on the other hand, is a much sharper looking and seems to be more refined than its predecessor. Cadillac has tried to round off all the rough edges of the previous model and has now come up with a serious contender for the entry-level premium luxury sedan segment. 

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Pros

New powerful 2.7L engine

New infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Sporty and playful chassis

GM’s Supercruise semi-automated function

Cons

Lower than average Boot space

Limited rear legroom

Base 2.0L engine is low on power

What's New?

CT4 is an all-new model replacing the ATS range

No more V6 engine option for V trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

187.2 in.

width

71.5 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

3461 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

10.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/23 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr/50,000 mi

powertrain warranty

6 yr/70,000 mi


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Cadillac CT4 Exterior video
 2020 Cadillac CT4 Interior video
 2020 Cadillac CT4 Detailed Review video

Styles

 2020 Cadillac CT4 in Black Raven color  2020 Cadillac CT4 in Crystal White Tricoat color  2020 Cadillac CT4 in Dark Moon Blue Metallic color
Black Raven

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Cadillac CT4 Luxury

Luxury

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$32,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $32,995 MSRP (26/29/34) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $32,995 MSRP (26/29/34) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5

 2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$37,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $37,495 MSRP (26/29/34) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $37,495 MSRP (26/29/34) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5

 2020 Cadillac CT4 Sport

Sport

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$38,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $38,595 MSRP (26/29/34) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $38,595 MSRP (26/29/34) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review


The platform and the chassis of the CT4 are similar to that of the old ATS which it replaces. This platform is compatible to accommodate a rear-wheel-drive setup which helps this car to stand out of the competition as most of the sedans are either FWD or AWD. There are two engines on offer. For the 2020 model, Cadillac has dropped the V6 engine and now even the V trim is offered with a 4 cylinder engine. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Front View
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Front View
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Rear View
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Rear View

2020 Cadillac CT4 Features

For the CT4, Cadillac has upped the level in terms of features on offer. LED lights are standard across the range which uplifts the style quotient of the car. Cadilac wants to attract especially the younger generation and these quirky LED DRLs do surely attract a lot of eyeballs out on the road. On the inside, the interiors are clearly a step up compared to the ATS,s cabin. The materials used, feel much more premium and the panels are better put-together. The stereo system comes with active noise cancellation, no matter which variant you opt for. Premium luxury gets the safety pack which includes forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking and sorts. There are two engines on offer. The base and the premium trim get the 2.0L turbocharged 4cylinder engine which puts out 237 HP @ 5000rpm and 258 lb-ft of max torque @ 1500rpm. The V model, which is the sporty trim of the CT4 gets a 2.7L inline 4 motor which is good for 309 HP and 348 lb-ft of torque.

Trims

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

MSRP

$32,995

$37,495

$38,585

Features

Premium Leatherette seating surfaces

adds/upgrades over Luxury

adds/upgrades over Premium Luxury

 

Cold Weather Package

Gauge cluster, dual display reconfigurable Driver Information Center

Lighting Package

 

3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service

Leather-Appointed Seating with mini-perforated inserts

Rear Parking assist

 

USB Connection

Seat adjustment, 12-way front-row including 2-way power lumbar adjustment

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

 

Leather Steering Wheel

Split-folding rear seat

Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)

 

Keyless Ignition

Memory settings

Climate Package

 

Rear View Camera

 

Driver Awareness Plus Package

 

Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel

 

Driver Assist Package

 

Heated Mirrors

 

Bose Premium Brand Speakers

 

10 -Way Power Passenger Seat

 

Technology Package

 

Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support

   

What do we recommend?

Cadillac has done an amazing job speccing the trims of the CT4. A lot of the features are standard across the range which makes the base and mid-spec models quite value for money. We recommend the Sport variant which starts from $38,595 which comes with some premium features like digital drivers display, sporty steering wheel with magnesium paddle shifters, sporty seats with memory functions and the likes. The cherry on the top would be the fact that Cadilac has priced the CT4 very aggressively and it undercuts most of its European counterparts. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Engine and Performance

The new CT4 comes with two engine options. The base and the sports variant get the 2.0L I-4 turbocharged motor which pumps out 237 HP @ 5000rpm and a max torque of 258 ft-lbs. Its the same engine which used to power the ATS model which the CT4 replaces. It’s exactly the same motor and it’s not a bad thing. The pulling power comes from as low as 1500rpm and goes all the way over 4000rpm. This makes the mid-range very meaty and serves enough grunt to carry out overtakes without breaking a sweat. 

Next, Cadillac gives an option of a 2.7L inline 4 turbocharged motor in a higher state of tune which replaces the older 3.6L V6 engine which used to power the amazing ATS-V. This engine is lighter and more efficient than the older one. However, it will produce on 325 HP in the V disguise which is a massive drop from the previous model. But that’s a story for another day. 

What’s the transmission like?

Cadillac offers two transmissions for the new CT4. the 2.0L engine comes paired with the 8-speed conventional automatic transmission. The gearbox is smooth and works without any glitches most of the time which makes it quite easy to cruise around the town and is also a boon in bumper to bumper traffic. This gearbox is not perfect tho. It works best when not in a hurry. The moment one goes pedal to the metal, the gearbox takes its sweet time to downshift. It’s not a deal-breaker though. For better control, one can use the steering-mounted paddle shifters to summon any of the eight available gears. 

The 2.7L engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission from the GM stable. The transmission is very easy to live with and provides clean and seamless shifts. 

Models

Cadillac CT4

Jaguar XE S

BMW 330i

Mercedes-Benz C300

MSRP

$38,585

39,900

$40,750

$41,400

Engine

2.0-liter I4 turbocharged 

2.0-litre I4 turbocharged

2.0-litre I4 turbocharged

2.0-litre I4 turbocharged

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

247 hp @ 5,500 rpm

255 hp @ 5,000 rpm

255 hp @ 5,800 rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

269 lb.-ft. @ 1,300 rpm

295 lb.-ft @ 1,550 rpm

273 lb.-ft. @ 1,800 rpm

The Cadillac is the cheapest car in this comparison and at the same its the least powerful too. The Beemer has the most amount of torque but its the Jaguar XE,s 2.0L engine which delivers that torque lowest in the rev range makes it a very lively car to drive in the city.

How quick is the Cadillac CT4 off the line?

Cadillac CT4 does not come with launch control but still manages to launch off the line cleanly. It accelerates cleanly without much drama and that 8-speed gearbox delivers crisp shifts which help the CT4 to crack 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. Sub 5.5 seconds time for a RWD family sedan with a 4 cylinder engine is quite respectable. At high revs, the engine gives out a sporty snarl which should be appreciated by enthusiasts. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Side View

Model

Cadillac CT4

Jaguar XE S

BMW 330i

Mercedes-Benz C300

0-60 MPH

5.2

5.1

5.3

5.5

Quarter Mile

13.8

13.4

13.7

14.1

Engine

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

7.4

6.3

5.8

6.3

Jaguar XE gets ahead of the pack first as it is the lightest sedan here by quite a margin. Jaguar heavily uses Aluminium in the construction of the platform and the body panels of the XE and it shows here. That being said, the Caddy CT4 is not far behind the wild cat, closely followed by the BMW. The Beemer inches ahead of the American and completes the quarter-mile 0.1 quicker than the Caddilac.

What’s the ride and handling like?

Back in the day, Cadillac was absent from the small premium sedan segment and it has always been ruled by none other than the BMW 3-series. With the ATS, Cadillac used the 3-series as their benchmark and it showed in the way it handled the corners. The CT4 is more or less the same under the refreshed skin and it still carries the same ethos forward. The CT4 drives beautifully over bad roads too but predominantly, the chassis is designed to corner as flat as possible around the bends and thus it has a sense of underlying firmness to it. When pushed hard, it maintains its composure and offers a ton of grip with slight play at the rear. The rear-wheel-drive nature of the CT4 adds a lot of spice to the drive and is a joy around the curves. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Front View 

There are different driving modes which alter the throttle sensitivity as well as the steering weight. In sport mode, the steering weighs up considerably and is quite noticeable. 

How well is Braking performance?

The new CT4 comes with disc breaks on all four corners. ABS and EBD are standard which help the car to maintain its line under braking and allows the driver to steer while heavy braking. The sport model comes with Brembo anchors and offers solid braking performance. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Brakes
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Front Brake is 12.6 in.

Model

Cadillac CT4

Jaguar XE S

BMW 330i

Mercedes-Benz C300

Brake front

(in.)

12.6

12.8

N/A

13.0

Brake Rear

(in.)

12.4

12.8

N/A

11.8

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3461

3385

3589

3472

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

112

123

124

The Jaguar XE totally obliterates the German saloons by a huge margin in braking distance and thats all down to lower curb weight.

2020 Cadillac CT4 Fuel Economy

The next-generation engines offered in the CT4, the 2.0L inline 4 and the 2.7L inline 4, are turbocharged and in terms of technology are right up there with the competition. Active fuel management system is standard for both these engines. This feature shuts off cylinders depending on the load while cruising on the motorway thereby increasing the efficiency. 

Model

Cadillac CT4

Jaguar XE S

BMW 330i

Mercedes-Benz C300

MPG (city)

22

25

26

24

MPG (highway)

31

34

36

35

MPG (combined)

25

28

30

28

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

17.4

16.6

15.6

17.4

Range (city/highway) (miles)

382.8/435

415/564

406/562

418/609

BMW 330i is the most fuel-efficient small premium sedan in this comparison. That being said, the Mercedes has the biggest fuel tank and would go the farthest. Range anxiety should not be a problem with the 3-pointed star. Cadillac, even with that clever cylinder shut off technology, comes dead last in this comparison. 

 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Interior

The cabin of the new CT4 is welcoming indeed. The dashboard design is a bit tilted towards the driver. The cockpit wraps around the driver and pampers the occupants with a lot of soft-touch materials all around. Leather has been used generously which lends a premium feel to the cabin. It’s a huge departure from the old ATS,s cabin, which was one of its weakest facets. The steering is leather-wrapped and feels quite upmarket. 

On the dashboard now sits a new 8-inch high definition infotainment screen which comes with a new interface. For better usability of the infotainment system, while driving, Cadillac has provided physical volume and track seek knob which is a thoughtful touch.

How comfortable is the new Cadillac CT4?

The CT4 gets big and supportive leather seats up front and they are power-adjustable. With that said, the bolstering surely could have been better though. When pushing hard around the corners, the driver and the front passenger do move around a little. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Front Seats
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Front Seats

The rear seating comfort is plagued by the outright space available at the back. The seats are low and are suitable for only two adults at a time. The rear legroom is hampered due to the presence of a massive central tunnel, as it is a rear-wheel-drive car. 

Model

Cadillac CT4

Jaguar XE S

BMW 330i

Mercedes-Benz C300

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.3/55.2/42.4

37.0/56.8/41.5

38.7/56.0/42.0

37.1/55.3/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

36.5/53.9/33.4

37.0/54.7/35.0

37.6/54.6/35.2

37.1/55.0/35.2

In terms of seating comfort and the space on offer, its the BMW which leads the pack. Its got the most amount of headroom in the front and in the back and its a better alternative to carrying three abreast in the rear. The C300, although on paper, stacks up against the Beemer, the shape is not the most practical of them all. 

What to expect on the infotainment front?

The new CT4 comes with a smooth 8-inch screen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility. The display is nice and crisp and the viewing angles are great. The screen sits flush on the dashboard and is in the direct eye line of the driver. The system is easy to use and is a massive upgrade over the painfully slow CUE infotainment system of the ATS which it replaces. The infotainment system has internet connection capabilities through which it can get over the air updates, which is a handy feature. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Infotainment System
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Infotainment System

Some other notable features across the range:

  • Cadillac user experience
  • Remort start
  • HD radio
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Bose premium audio package

What’s the cargo capacity like?

The cargo-carrying capacity of the new CT4 is not its strongest suit. The boot is quite oddly shaped and the loading lip is high which makes it difficult and awkward to load cargo. To help maximize the available space, Cadillac has provided a 60:40 split function for the rear seats. 

Model

Cadillac CT4

Jaguar XE S

BMW 330i

Mercedes-Benz C300

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

10.4

14.5

17.0

12.6

BMW is an incredible room on the inside as well as it has a gigantic boot which makes it the most practical sedan in the segment. The boot is cleverly designed with a square-ish shape and loading the cargo in is an easy task. The boot behind the Caddy, however, is awfully small and below average for the segment.

Interior features on offer

  • 18-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats and heated steering wheel
  • HUD with digital driver’s display
  • Steering-wheel-mounted Magnesium Paddle Shift controls
  • Memory seats
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Interior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Interior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Interior

2020 Cadillac CT4 Exterior

For the 2020 model year, Cadillac has dropped the ATS range of models and has replaced it with the CT4 model. The ATS was an aging sedan as it was launched it 2012 so update and a refresh was a must. The 2020 CT4 has a refreshed look nonetheless. The design is definitely more evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The ATS’s design was quite sharp and quirky when it was launched back in the day. The CT4 carries forward the same philosophy. The layout is even edgier and sharper looking than before but it somehow looks more mature. Lately, car manufacturers are playing a lot with the DRL design and Cadillac’s take on DRLs is magnificent. The LED DRL strip flows down from the headlamps and meets the air dams. The look is distinctive and there’s nothing like it on the road and would definitely attract a lot of attention. 

In the middle, there’s that characteristic Cadillac grille which makes it recognizable from a distance. The hood is muscular and has a lot of lines which adds character to it and gives it an aggressive and sporty feel. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Three Quarter View
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Three Quarter View

The side profile looks quite tame and there’s nothing unusual going on here. The 18-inch wheels on sport trim look quite sporty. 17-inch rims come standard though. At the rear, Cadillac’s signature verticle taillamps are present and look really cool. LED headlights and tail lamps are standard across the range. 

Model

Cadillac CT4

Jaguar XE S

BMW 330i

Mercedes-Benz C300

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3461

3385

3589

3472

Length (in.)

187.2

184.2

185.7

184.5

Width (in.)

71.5

77.4

71.9

71.3

Height (in.)

56

55.7

56.8

56.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

5.7

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

109.3

111.6

112.2

111.8

Track Width (in.) F/R

60.3/61.7

63.1/62.4

62.3/62.9

61.5/60.9

The Jaguar XE is the lightest and the widest premium sedan in this comparison. Although the CT4 is the longest among the competitors, its wheelbase is the smallest. And that is quite evident on the inside as it has the smallest and the tightest cabin of them all. 

What are the highlights on the outside?

The 2020 CT4 is technically an all-new model but it resembles the ATS quite a lot. That being said, Cadillac has given some new design touches for the CT4 to come across as a fresh and new model. A few notable features on the outside are:

  • Verticle LED DRLs
  • A sporty all-black honeycomb grille
  • Sharper looking front bumpers
  • Shark fin antenna on the roof
  • Subtle lip spoiler on the back
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior
2020 Cadillac CT4 Sedan Exterior

2020 Cadillac CT4 Safety

From the safety point of view, Cadillac has fully prepped the CT4 to go up against the likes of BMW and Mercedes offerings. The segment is highly competitive and to be able to survive, Cadillac CT4 comes with a safety net that was absent in the ATS. the driver assistance system and safety features are not available on the base variant though. The build quality feels quite solid and it feels like the CT4 is built to last. 

Safety Features

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • HD rear vision camera
  • Safety alert seat
  • LED reflective windshield alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Driver-assist package( adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert etc.)

2020 Cadillac CT4 Competition

Cadillac CT4 vs Jaguar XE

The XE has always been a strong contender in the segment and is truly an amazing car. It’s sporty to drive and has plenty of smart features to keep the tech-savvy drivers and occupants satisfied. Compared to CT4, it has a better boot, more power and a better handling chassis. The Cadillac is decently equipped too and has a fun chassis to play with. In terms of practicality, it loses out a few brownie points to the Jag. 

Cadillac CT4 vs BMW 330i

BMW 330i tops the Cadillac on almost every front. Its has always been the king of the segment as it combines the best of both worlds. The feature list is expansive, the quality of materials used on the inside feel posh and expensive. It has gotten bigger and more accommodating over the years and keeps the driver and its occupants happy. The CT4, on the other hand, feels a bit dull and bland inside out when compared to the new 3 series. BMW’s i-drive system is no doubt one of the best infotainment systems and easily trumps the one in the CT4. 

Cadillac CT4 vs Mercedes Benz C300

It’s hard for customers to not get drawn towards the 3-pointed star and the fact that the new C-class looks like a baby S-class make it even more difficult to ignore it. C300 is leagues ahead of its competition in terms of the sense of luxury and features on offer. The new MBUX system is the best in the business and introduces a huge tablet-like touchscreen for better practicality. In this comparison, the CT4 doesn’t stand a chance. 

2020 Cadillac CT4 Final Verdict

The Cadillac CT4 is a handsome looking premium sedan packing a decent amount of technology, comes with a host of safety features and a playful rear-wheel-drive chassis. It lacks space inside the cabin and the boot is weirdly small and can be a dealbreaker for some. That being said, its the cheapest car in the segment and for someone whose on a budget and wants an offbeat and quirky sedan, CT4 is worth considering.