2019 Cadillac ATS-V Review
Pros & Cons
- 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
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Which ATS-V does Edmunds recommend?
The ATS-V is offered in just a single body style and trim level, but a handful of options and packages do let you tailor the ATS-V to your tastes. The Luxury package includes a navigation system and an upgraded Bose audio system that audiophiles will appreciate, while the Safety and Security package adds blind-spot warning, lane keeping assist and a head-up display, among other items. The optional Recaro sport seats aren't cheap, but they're good enough that we'd order them for our own car.
Edmunds' Expert Review
Luxury sport coupes have long been dominated by BMW's M and Mercedes' AMG lines, but the Cadillac V-Series is closing the gap. The ATS-V not only turns in track test numbers that are competitive, but it's also just as entertaining to wring out on a fun road as its rivals.
Despite the ATS-V's focus on handling and performance, the ride is so cartoonishly stiff that it ruins the feeling of comfort. The all-important front seats are supportive over the long haul, especially the optional Recaros. But don't plan on using the back seat much.
The ATS-V Coupe offers the driver and front passenger a roomy place to sit. But it seems the wants and needs of the styling department have resulted in controls that are unnecessarily difficult to use and a rear seat that's more or less useless for anyone past grade school.
Sporty luxury coupes aren't known for convenience, but the Cadillac ATS-V forces even more sacrifices due to its lack of cargo and storage space. It can handle most typical day-to-day duties, but other coupes are better suited to weekend getaways and long trips.
The Cadillac touchscreen is as advanced as any of its peers. But its soft-touch sliders and less-than-intuitive menus leave something to be desired. Fortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard.
|Overall||7.4 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
I purchased a 2019 ats v in december of 2018 & couldn't be happier with it. Power comes on smooith and strong pushing you into the seat even under only partial turbo boost. Standard seats are extremely comfortable. Trunk space is just big enough to take trips with plus the back seats fold down. Driving from ny to florida doing a constant 75-80 mph delivers 24-28mpg. Engine sounds great especially in sport mode. very quiet on the highway in touring mode. Mine is wave metallic with dark wheels & red brembo brake calipers, also front grill and rear bumper trim is the optional black chrome. its a shame its discontinued.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the ATS-V models:
- 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.