2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan

2020 MODEL
$48,690 - $51,290
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2020 Cadillac CT5-V Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 22, 2020

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From Pink Cadillac to Cadillac Boogie. From Black Cadillac to Back in a Cadillac, the auto-marquee defined cool in the retros. Come 2020, the brand is still ruling our hearts with the offerings it has pitched across the states. One such offering that is approaching 2020 to hit it out of the park is the Cadillac XT5. The Cadillac XT5 is a mid-size sedan that is bound to replace the Cadillac CTS and ATS models, for which the plug was recently pulled. 

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Pros

Authoritative acceleration

Precise handling

Wide suite of the latest technology and safety features

Cons

Low on cargo space

What's New?

The car is all-new for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48690

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

360 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

405 lbs.-ft. @ 2350 rpm

transmission

10-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

193.8 in.

width

74.1 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

3974 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

11.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan in Dark Moon Blue Metallic color 2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan in Shadow Metallic color 2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan in Velocity Red color 2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan in Summit White color
Dark Moon Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

8.1

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Base

Base

power
360 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$48,690 - $51,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $48,690 MSRP (18/21/26) 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Premium unleaded
10-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $51,290 MSRP (17/20/25) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Premium unleaded
10-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


While the Cadillac CT5 is pitched in the market as a mid-size luxury sedan, the CT5-V, which happens to be the performance version of the CT5 is here with a big and brawny 3L V6 engine, belting out 360 hp and 405 lb.-ft. Of torque. The CT5-V is ane embodiment of what menacing sport-sedans are meant to do. 

While the prices for the standard CT5 start from $36,895, the CT5-V’s sticker price is around $48,690 for the RWD model and shoots above the $51,000 mark. While Caddi seems to be pretty confident in the pricing and positioning of the CT5-V, there are some cars that can act as a fishing hook for this upcoming American shark. Cars such as the Dodge Charger R/T, Mercedes-Benz AMG C43, and the BMW M340i act as a serious threat to this Caddy's upstart. So does the CT5-V has what it takes to initiate a lapse of reign in such a competitive segment? Well, scroll down to find out...


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition

8.1/10
Final Verdict


2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Features

8.0/10

The CT5 is an upcoming car from the house of Cadillac that will replace the outgoing CTS and ATS models. The V-spec is in itself a trim of the CT5, which enhances the car’s performance aspect. 

Trim

Cadillac CT5-V

MSRP (RWD)

$48,690

MSRP (AWD)

$51,290

Key Features

Performance suspension with magnetic ride control

 

Electronic limited-slip differential

 

Performance traction management

 

Carbin fiber interior trim

 

Premium leatherette seating surfaces

 

Performance steering wheel with V-Mode button

 

Rear lower air diffuser with body-color insert

 

Performance design front fascia with dark aero mesh

 

Electronic precision shift

 

Launch control

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Since the CT5-V is a standalone trim, no real option of getting choosy here. However, fret not, the car packs more than all the basic bells and whistles you’d expect from a car of this range.

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Cadillac CT5-V is the performance version of the upcoming CT5. The CT5-V trades the standard CT5’s 2L Inline-4 engine for a 3L turbocharged V6 engine. This swap of engines also makes way for the amplification of displacement figures. 

The Cadillac CT5-V is bound to produce 360 hp and 405 lb.-ft. Of peak torque, kicking in at 2350 rpm. These figures are a major leap over the standard CT5’s 237 ponies and 258 lb.-ft. Of the spinning force. 

Models

Cadillac CT5-V

Dodge Charger R/T

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

MSRP

$48,690

$36,395

$55,950

$54,000

Engine

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged V6

5.7L Regular V-8

3.0L Bi-Turbo V6

3.0L Twin-turbo Inline-6

Drivetrain RWD RWD AWD RWD

Transmission

10-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

360@5,400

370@5,250

385@6,100

382@5,800

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

405@2,350

395@4,200

384@2,500

369@1,800

What seems unchanged for the CT5-V is the 10-speed automatic transmission. However, there’s more with this gearbox than what meets the eye. The 10-speed automatic transmission inside the CT5-V employs the electronic precision shifting technology, which effectuates the upshifts and downshifts with enhanced accuracy, matching the rev-range. Moreover, it also helps to transfer the power in a more consistent and linear manner which makes the ride less lethargic and easy to go.

How fast is the Cadillac CT5-V?

While the Cadillac CT5 gets bullied by its rivals due to the showcase of lethargic accelerating performance, the CT5-V is here on a rampage. The Cadillac CT5, in its V avatar, can do the 0-60 dash in just 3.9 seconds, which is a major improvement over the 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds in case of the standard CT5. 

The twin-turbocharged V6 powerhouse of the CT5-V provides enough grunt even at low revs, making the ride go the quarter of a mile distance in a span of 11.6 seconds. The CT5-V gets an electronically capped top speed of 155 mph.

Model

Cadillac CT5-V

Dodge Charger R/T

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.9 

4.9 

4.5 

4.4 

Quarter Mile (sec)

11.6 

13.4 

12.2 

12.3 

Top Speed (MPH) 155 N/A 155 155

Engine

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged V6

5.7L Regular V-8

3.0L Bi-Turbo V6

3.0L Twin-turbo Inline-6

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr) N/A N/A N/A N/A

What about the braking performance of the Cadillac CT5-V?

The Cadillac CT5-V gets Brembo performance disc brakes on the front wheels which have a diameter of 13.6-inches. Towards the rear, 12.4-inch ventilated disc brakes handle the hauling duties. 

The Cadillac CT5-V is one of the heftiest vehicles of the segment, yet the braking arrangement aboard the ride does a fine job of leashing those 360 ponies and bringing the car down to a complete standstill from a speed of 60 mph in a distance of 114 feet. 

Model

Cadillac CT5-V

Dodge Charger R/T

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

13.6

13.6

14.2

13.7

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

12.4

12.6

13.8

13.6

Curb Weight

(lbs)

3974

4291

3825

3849

60-0 MPH (ft)

114

107

109

111

What about its driving dynamics?

Just like the standard CT5, the CT5-V underpins the Alpha platform as well. The Alpha platform is the same platform upon which the CTS and ATS were based. However, the CT5’s longer wheelbase enhances the ride’s stability at high speeds. 

What separates the driving experience of a standard CT5 and a V-spec CT5 is- first of all, the engine that packs in enough grunt to make each throttle stab might and ultra-responsive. Secondly, the suspension setup of the CT5-V is stiffer than that of a standard CT5, thus constituting a more controlled stature while attacking corners. The CT5-V also houses some state of the art features such as performance traction management, electronic limited-slip differential, and performance suspension with magnetic ride control. All these elements come along in giving shape to a driving experience that’s highly potent and focused. 

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The official mpg figures are not yet out for the Cadillac CT5-V. However, considering the car’s power, weight, and drivetrain, we anticipate it to deliver city/highway/combined mpg figures of 16/24/20 respectively. 

The CT5’s non-performance model, which houses a 2L Inline-4 engine and belts out 237 hp and 258 lb.-ft. Of torque, delivers city/highway/combined mpg figures of 22/30/25 respectively. Considering all these facts we’ve reached the perception that the Cadillac CT5-V will lag a bit behind its European competitors in terms of fuel-efficiency.

Model

Cadillac CT5-V

Dodge Charger R/T

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

MPG (City)

16*

16

19

22

MPG (Highway)

24*

25

27

30

MPG (Combined)

20*

19

22

26

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.0

18.5

17.4

15.6

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

N/A

296/463/351

330/470/382

343/468/405

*expected mpg figures

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Interior

8.0/10

Cadillacs are renowned for the special emphasis they lay upon the comfort of occupants, and the CT5-V is no different and moves ahead on the family trait. All the seats of this Caddi, be the front row or the rear, are meant to offer sheer levels of comfort to the occupants. The heavy doors open wide and facilitate easy entry and exit. 

The seats are aptly cushioned and provide high degrees of comfort and support. The sport bolstered front seats are good at double-timing, providing you with all the comfort in the world as well as holding you in place in times of spirited driving. 

Model

Cadillac CT5-V

Dodge Charger R/T

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Seating Capacity

5

5

4

5

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

39./56.7/42.4

38.6/59.5/41.8

40.9/55.3/41.7

38.7/56.0/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.6/55.7/37.9

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.1/55/35.2

37.6/54.6/35.2

Speaking of the cabin quality, the CT5-V aces the game with its premium looking and feeling interior. The CT5, in its V trim, infuses carbon fiber trim along with maple sugar leather seating surfaces to lend this car aesthetically sporty and plush vibes. 

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Cadillac CT5-V employs the company’s CUE infotainment panel that beams up all the information on anintuitive 10-inch 1080dp color Infotainment system. The system can be interacted with via a rotary wheel, planted behind the gearshift, or via touchscreen panel. Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the Cadillac CT5-V are:

  • 9 speakers
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation turn-by-turn navigation directions
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Amplifier
  • Audio theft deterrent
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable internet access
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Radio data system
  • Window grid antenna
  • Bose Performance Series digital signal processor
  • Automatic equalizer
  • Voice-activated radio

Creature comforts on offer in the Cadillac CT5-V

The Cadillac CT5-V, along with pulling off sporty stunts, can also transport its occupants with comfort. The ride is high on standard convenience features, some of the most eminent ones are:

  • Proximity key
  • Power cargo access remote release
  • Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Power windows
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power rear windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
  • Memory seats
  • Retained accessory power
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Remote engine start
  • OnStar and Cadillac connected services capable
  • 2 12V DC power outlets
  • 2 Memory settings
  • Valet function
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
  • Door mirror memory

What about utility?

The Cadillac CT5-V particularly lags at this aspect. The Caddi offers just 11.9 cubic feet of space under its trunk lid. This cramped up cargo space is specifically the result of the fastback designing. 

Most of the competing cars offer way more than the 11.9 cubic feet of space on offer in the CT5-V. The BMW M340i takes the checkered flag in this fixture with the best in class 17 cubic feet of space. The Dodge Charger R/T rakes in the second spot with around 16 cubic feet, followed up by the Mercedes Benz AMG C43 and finally the Cadillac CT5-V.

Model

Cadillac CT5-V

Dodge Charger R/T

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

11.9

16.1

12.6

17.0

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Exterior

8.0/10

Cadillac enjoys a cult following across the states, and a big credit of this fanbase goes to the styling that the brand employs upon its products. CT5-V is the latest example of this feat. The CT5-V draws major designing cues from the Escala concept, which was recently showcased by the auto-marquee. 

The front fascia of the CT5-V is dominated by a sharp-looking vertical slant grille with dark aero mesh. The front end is also characterized by a pair of vertically flowing LED DRLs. The rear end of the CT5-V takes home the sporty character for this car with a sharp, chopped-up fastback styling.

Model

Cadillac CT5-V

Dodge Charger R/T

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Curb Weight (lbs)

3974

4291

3825

3849

Length (in)

193.8

200.8

185

185.7

Width (in)

74.1

75.0

71.3

71.9

Height (in)

57.2

57.8

56.3

56.4

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

5.2

3.5

4.6 

Wheelbase (in)

116.0

120.0

111.8

112.2

The CT5 is slightly smaller than the CTS. The CT5 is 193.8 inches long, 1.7 inches shorter than the CTS, and 74.1 inches wide, making it almost two inches wider than the CTS. So while it’s shorter, the added width helps with the planted stance.

What are those eye-catching features?

The Cadillac CT5-V is a handsome set of wheels, with a stunning street presence. Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the Cadillac CT5- V are: 

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Auto-dimming side-view door mirrors
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Black w/chrome surround grille
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Rocker panel extensions

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Safety

9.0/10

The Cadillac CT5-V is high on octane. With around 360 ponies aboard and a sub-4 second 0-60 sprint time, the CT5-V delivers an engaging performance. However, in order to ensure that this engagement does not turn into adversities, the auto-marquee has packed in a number of standard safety features in the CT5-V. Some of the most prominent of them are:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Manual adjustable head restraints
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Break-resistant glass
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • Traction control
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Daytime running lights
  • ABS
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • 8 airbags
  • Panic alarm
  • Brake assist
  • Brembo four-wheel disc brakes
  • Tracker system

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Competition

9.0/10

Cadillac CT5-V vs Dodge Charger R/T

The Dodge Charger R/T is the most reasonable offering of this segment, with prices starting from $36,395. The Dodge Charger R/T houses a 5.7L V8 engine, churning out 370 hp and 395 lb.-ft. Of torque. While these figures make the Charger look brawnier than the CT5-V, the muscle’s added heft makes it comparatively slower, going from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, as compared to the Caddi’s 3.9 seconds. However, the Charger offers a better utilitarian aspect with 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space on offer and typical muscle heritage. 

2020 Dodge Charger R/T

Cadillac CT5-V vs Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is the priciest offering of this segment, with a starting MSRP of $55,950. Both the AMG C43 and the Cadillac CT5-V house a 3L V6 engine, which is assisted by a pair of turbochargers. However, the C43 tucks in more ponies than the CT5-V (385 hp). The Mercedes Benz AMG C43 offers a much better interior than the Cadillac CT5-V, covered with thoroughly with rich and plush feeling materials. 

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG C43

Cadillac CT5-V vs BMW M340i

The M340i is another German rival shooting the likes of American brands such as the Cadillac and the Dodge in this segment. The BMW M340i is a mid-size sedan that can be procured at a starting price of $54000. The BMW M340i is the only car in this lot that gets an inline engine (3.0L Twin-turbo Inline-6, to be precise). The BMW M340i is the best a man can get (Sorry Gillette) if he is looking for a sports sedan, that along with pulling up with the pace, can also carry the luggage for him and his family. 

2020 BMW M340i

 

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Sedan Final Verdict

8.1/10

The Cadillac CT5-V is a great set of wheels that is on its way out to make a name in the world of mid-size sport sedans. The car is potent and can absolutely demolish other competitor cars. Topple this breath-taking performance with a well-laid cabin, stunning looks, and a long list of standard features and you are good to go. 

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