2019 Cadillac ATS-V
- Sedan version has been discontinued
- The ATS-V coupe carries on unchanged
- Part of the first ATS-V generation introduced for 2016
- Excellent steering and handling capabilities
- Turbo V6 engine generates abundant power for quick acceleration
- The ATS-V is a true driver's car, built to perform on road or track
- Back seat and trunk are small compared to competitors
- Ride might be too punishing for some drivers
- Many interior controls prioritize form over function
- Lacks the interior polish of most rivals
2019 Cadillac ATS-V pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which ATS-V does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.4 / 10
America's answer to the dominance of high-performance European sport sedans comes from a brand better known for once setting the world standard for luxury. The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V isn't a large land yacht like its predecessors of 50 years ago. Rather, it's a compact coupe with outstanding performance, comfort and style. It's a welcome alternative to those autobahn burners from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Blessed with the inherently good bones of Cadillac's sharp-handling base ATS, the ATS-V ratchets up the car's capability several notches with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, beefy brakes, and a trick suspension that constantly adapts in milliseconds to changing road surfaces (Cadillac calls it "Magnetic Ride Control"). This suspension gives the ATS-V exceptional control at the racetrack, although we've found it stiff and unforgiving out on the road in daily use. Drivers oriented toward handling excellence understand that this often comes with the territory, but the reward is a car that's the sharpest and most agile in its class — no small feat given the prowess of its competitors.
The 464-horsepower V6 engine generates absurd power for a car of this size, and it comes paired with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power flows to the rear wheels only, another trait that speaks to the enthusiast driver's heart. In our testing, the ATS-V sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, yet it still achieves EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg combined.
Capable and fast, the ATS-V sacrifices some function with its small cabin dimensions, cramped back seat and small trunk. For 2019, the ATS-V gives up additional function by dropping the sedan version, leaving only the two-door coupe and its more challenging rear-seat entry and exit.
We've also found its touchscreen tech interface a bit more clever than practical, with its touch-sensitive slider controls and deep menu structures. A knob and a few more hard buttons would be less distracting to use while driving. Make peace with the ATS-V's few foibles, though, and the car's thrills outweigh its flaws, especially for the price.
2019 Cadillac ATS-V configurations
The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V is a high-performance luxury compact car offered only as a two-door coupe that accommodates four passengers. It comes in a single, well-equipped trim level with a handful of options and packages.
Power comes from a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine (464 horsepower, 445 pound-feet of torque) paired to a choice of a six-speed manual transmission with rev-match downshifting or an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The ATS-V is only available with rear-wheel drive.
Key standard features include a carbon-fiber hood, 18-inch alloy wheels, Brembo high-performance brakes, an adaptive sport suspension, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, front and rear parking sensors, driver-side auto-dimming mirror, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, 12-way power front seats with heating, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, and split-folding rear seatbacks.
Tech features include an 8-inch touchscreen, OnStar services with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (requires data plan), a Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports and wireless device charging.
The ATS-V offers a handful of stand-alone options and packages. The Luxury package adds xenon headlights, a Bose sound system upgrade and a navigation system. A sunroof can be added to this package.
The Safety and Security package is only available in conjunction with the Luxury package. It includes anti-theft features, automatic high beams and wipers, a head-up display, a lane departure warning and intervention system, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Carbon Fiber package adds carbon-fiber exterior trim, black sill extensions and a body-color rear spoiler.
For drivers who pursue motorsports, the optional race-oriented video and data recorder can capture your track-day heroics, while the Carbon Fiber package includes lightweight, aerodynamic exterior trim, such as a carbon-fiber front splitter and rear diffuser.
Stand-alone options include a sunroof (requires the Luxury package), red or gold brake calipers, Recaro sport seats, and microfiber steering wheel and shift knob trim.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe (turbo 3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current ATS-V has received only minor revisions. As such, our findings remain applicable to this year's model.
Noise & vibration6.5
Ease of use5.5
Getting in/getting out7.0
Child safety seat accommodation6.5
Audio & navigation5.0
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite ATS-V safety features:
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Alerts the driver to objects nearing or crossing the vehicle's direction of travel while in reverse.
- Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keep Assist
- Alerts the driver when the car drifts lanes without the turn signal engaged. The car can initiate assist to nudge it back into the lane.
- Forward Collision Alert
- Issues an alert if a potential collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian seems imminent, and can initiate braking if necessary.
Cadillac ATS-V vs. the competition
2019 Cadillac ATS-V
2018 Audi S5
Cadillac ATS-V vs. Audi S5
On the luxury and technology front, the S5 is superior to the ATS-V, boasting top-notch interior trappings and all the latest infotainment and safety gizmos. But when we're talking about maximum performance for your money, Cadillac has the advantage. You'd have to step up to the much pricier RS 5 model to approach what the ATS-V delivers in terms of acceleration and handling.
Cadillac ATS-V vs. BMW M4
BMW's M Series is the traditional leader in this class of high-performance luxury compact coupes for good reason. The M4 looks like an athlete because it is one. Its strong six-cylinder engine and tuned suspension are among the best you'll find. Cadillac's engineers set out to beat the M4 at its own game and succeeded on several counts. The ATS-V makes more horsepower (39 hp more) and is quicker from 0 to 60 mph by 0.2 second. But that's not the whole story. The M4 still has the edge in overall refinement since the ATS-V lacks the BMW's interior fit, finish and polish.
Cadillac ATS-V vs. Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Giulia is a newcomer to this segment but hasn't wasted any time in making itself known. With a Ferrari-derived turbo V6 engine making 505 hp, the Alfa is the hands-down power leader in this class, although its low-range torque is about the same as the Cadillac's. Both cars are almost identical on the rest of the specs and features sheet, with the notable exception that the Alfa is a sedan, not a coupe. You also can't get the Alfa with a manual transmission, which isn't uncommon in this class but still unfortunate for buyers who prefer shifting their own gears. The Quadrifoglio also costs several thousand dollars more than the ATS-V.
2019 Cadillac ATS-V Overview
The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V is offered in the following submodels: ATS-V Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 6M).
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