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

Overall rating

7.4 / 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 models

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.

Trim tested

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.

Driving

9.0
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.

Acceleration

8.5
Power delivery is satisfyingly immediate yet smooth and consistent in everyday driving. And when the need arises, the sprint to 60 mph takes only 4.2 seconds, which is right in there with the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C 63.

Braking

9.0
Stopping from 60 mph required 99 feet, which is a very short distance, even for the class. Braking distances stayed consistent after several runs, and the car remained poised and controllable.

Steering

9.0
The steering effort is appropriate, and it gives just enough feedback to let the driver know how hard the front tires are working. It stands in contrast to some prominent rivals that have watered down their steering feel and feedback in their most recent iterations.

Handling

9.0
The ATS-V has surprisingly high handling limits, and it's a joy to push hard. You can really feel the weight transfer and the suspension compress and hold all the way through a turn. It instills confidence and rewards sporty driving.

Drivability

8.0
Shifts are quick and positive in full automatic mode, but we noticed a slight delay in manual mode. Our main complaint is with a clumsy final downshift that happens as the car rolls to a stop. The manual transmission features rev-match downshifting as in a Corvette.

Comfort

8.0
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.

Seat comfort

9.0
The optional Recaro seats aren't cheap, but they're supportive and comfortable for hours on end. The adjustable side bolsters also accommodate larger passengers. The rear seats have good lateral support, but the lack of overall space means they're not particularly useful.

Ride comfort

8.0
The ATS-V's ride is stiff but not jarring. Even in the sportier settings, there's a good amount of initial compliance to filter out the smaller road imperfections. Switching to Comfort mode softens it up some, but don't expect the traditional Cadillac isolation.

Noise & vibration

6.5
Road noise is present most of the time and can be intrusive when traversing rougher asphalt. And though the engine is indeed powerful, the sound it makes is coarse and uninspiring, especially when it's working hard under acceleration.

Climate control

7.5
The climate controls aren't as intuitive as other systems, but the ATS-V's system works well enough that all you have to do is set it once and forget it. The front seats are heated. Ventilation is not offered, but the optional Recaro seats breathe adequately.

Interior

6.0
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.

Ease of use

5.5
Audio and climate controls might be attractive to some, but the touch-sensitive sliders they rely on are inferior to simple knobs. Add in small labeling and an unintuitive layout, and you get a clear case of form over function. The steering wheel controls could use some work, too.

Getting in/getting out

7.0
The broad door opening makes front-seat access a snap. But making your way to the rear seats requires an awkward squeeze through a narrow slot, and the 2+2 layout makes it necessary for the left rear passenger to disturb the driver's seat setting. Other coupes do it better.

Driving position

8.0
The power-adjustable steering wheel has plenty of adjustment range, and the optional Recaro performance seats have enough adjustments to suit drivers of all shapes and sizes. It's pretty easy to set up this cockpit the way you like it.

Roominess

6.0
The front seats provide ample space for larger drivers. But the rear seats (there are only two of them) feel quite confined, with a distinct lack of legroom and lateral space. And that dramatically sloping rear window essentially eliminates headroom for all but the smallest of passengers.

Quality

6.0
Despite recent advances, the Cadillac ATS-V still lacks the solid quality feel found in its Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz peers. Improving some hard plastic interior materials and eliminating a distinct chemical interior smell would earn it a better score.

Utility

6.5
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.

Small-item storage

6.5
The door pockets, cupholders and the center armrest bin are smaller than we typically see in this vehicle segment. A secret smartphone bin with its own USB port is hidden behind the climate control panel, but do people leave their phone in the car when they exit anymore?

Cargo space

6.0
The trunk space is smaller than average, with only 10.4 cubic feet of capacity. Its tallish trunk liftover height doesn't help when loading. A pair of broad rear wheelwells also pinch the space, and there's only a smallish pass-through slot when the rear seatbacks are folded down.

Child safety seat accommodation

6.5
The two rear seats each have LATCH anchors and upper tethers, but this is a coupe with a fairly tight opening to access the back seat. It's not the first choice when it comes time to fit the seat and move a child in and out.

Technology

6.5
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.

Audio & navigation

5.0
The touchscreen infotainment system responds quickly and returns haptic vibration to confirm each finger stroke. The design looks sleek and progressive. But functionally, the need to look away from the road to distinguish between one soft-touch slider and the next is problematic.

Smartphone integration

8.0
There are enough USB ports to handle all your devices, but pairing your phone and accessing the Wi-Fi hotspot require some digging into menus. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and easier to use than Cadillac's interface.

Driver aids

The ATS-V offers a common complement of driver safety aids, including forward collision warning and blind-spot monitoring. But nearly all of the good stuff is bundled in the optional and pricey Safety and Security package.

Voice control

7.5
Standard voice controls are fairly reasonable, but the big payoff comes when you pair a smartphone and access Siri or Google Assistant commands by pressing the same button for longer.

EdmundsScorecard

Overall7.4 / 10
Driving9.0
Comfort8.0
Interior6.0
Utility6.5
Technology6.5

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dougyfd,03/16/2020
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.

Safety

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.

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