The Cadillac comes to Europe as an all-wheel drive and purely rear-wheel drive variant. For us it was, of course, the more fun one, with the RWD ID, which was used for the short test drive. It is, let’s say, a bit of a hassle to get the heavyweight – according to the technical data only 1530 kilograms – discreetly out of a curve with a slightly smoky rear axle. With a 2.0-liter turbo engine intended for Europe, however, this is not to be expected otherwise.
Still, the on-board computer’s extrapolation is frightening, we shouldn’t even get 400 kilometers with a tank of almost 62 liters. Thirsty 276 hp waiting under the hood. And that although in heavy traffic not much “went”, as the saying goes. Americans are better built for cruising than for fast corners or fast mountain passages.
And cruising he does well, braking even better. No wonder, because a look at the data booklet reveals that it is Brembos who are doing it. The ZF rack and pinion steering could be a bit sportier and less geared towards comfort, but as I said, cruiser not a racer. Inside, cozy leather that invites you to linger. It is very likely that you will still be comfortable here even after a long journey.
The ratio of purchase price to performance is unbeatable in this class. The turbo four-cylinder is available for just under 40,000 euros. Other brands, premium brands that Cadillac wants to poach customers from, usually need two more cylinders for gasoline engines. On the other hand, they benefit from a high level of smoothness and a quieter interior. I wouldn’t necessarily describe the noise as sporty, for a car of this class that wants to exude more luxury than racing car attributes, the interior can be a little better shielded from the engine compartment.
The torque of 353 Nm is between 3,000 and 4,600 tours and thus a bit late. If you keep the speed in exactly this range, however, things are always going well forward, the conventional six-speed automatic torque converter would sometimes not be so hectically ill-considered. Perfectly designed for comfortable cruising, “hasty” gasping is rather unwanted, in D-mode she can’t handle it really well and sometimes interconnects in good German. I attribute that to the driving style, which is spoiled by eight-speed machines and dual clutch transmissions.
The ideal driving area for a Caddy is the highway, pardon the highway. There you can swim in traffic without any problems, if necessary even up to 240 km / h. I am sure that the assistance systems work wonderfully, unfortunately the cruise control did not work on this hot day in Frankfurt. It can happen. After all, the head-up display is top notch and quite advanced for Americans. Just like the navigation system or here called CUE.
Even if I’m not a fan of touchscreen operating systems that want to do without buttons at all. It is a huge display that can process all kinds of information. After all, instructions are no longer needed, it works all by itself. Watch. Get it. Decide. Quite simply, with a little more pressure there is also slight vibrations as feedback. If you don’t need it, just stroke it gently, then the vibrator will be off. The main plus point: this system is standard!
Finally the optics. Americans have become beautiful, they still have the ostentatiousness, the immense size, but they have also got delicate lines. No was just kidding; Americans are and will remain powerful road cruisers, which reflects every design line, no matter how small. The headlights in the front, which are pulled far up, loosen up the front a bit in my opinion and make it no longer appear quite as powerful. The rear, turn on. Two almost centered tubes made of stainless steel. Certainly the better sound could be heard from the V6, but what the heck. We all have to be a bit efficient. That means EURO5 and 8.2 liters / 100km standard consumption at Cadillac. Sufficient for today, probably also for tomorrow, but the day after tomorrow, the GM group should think about something.
Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner