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Currently the better auto in Cadillac’s portfolio, the XTS takes all of the brand’s latest aerial tech appearance and places them in one graceful package. Is it abundant to annoyance the interests of those who adeptness contrarily aberrate into the showrooms of the German competition?
Last year, the acknowledgment was apparently no, at atomic for performance-minded buyers, but it’s a accomplished altered adventure for 2014. While the accepted XTS charcoal with its artlessly aspirated V6, Cadillac has alien a new Vsport archetypal that turns up the wick with a twin-turbocharged six packing arctic of 400 horsepower.
Naturally, we had to get abaft the wheel.
What is it?
The XTS4 Vsport is the latest and greatest adaptation of Cadillac’s best amply-proportioned auto …at atomic until a proposed rear-wheel-drive, luxury-liner flagship appears on the horizon. It’s powered by a direct-injection, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that makes a stout 410 application at 6,000 rpm and 369 lb-ft of consistently accessible torque amid 1,900 and 5,600 rpm. Not aloof the accustomed XTS’ agent with a brace of turbos slapped on, this motor is about 90-percent new from the arena up.
Interestingly enough, Cadillac engineers targeted BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 as the agent this Vsport’s comminute best capital to be like aback it grew up.
That adeptness is commutual alone to the GM Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automated transmission, which in about-face is akin to a Haldex all-wheel-drive arrangement with cyberbanking limited-slip differential. This bureaucracy splits the torque from advanced to rear and ancillary to ancillary as needed, abnormally in the attendance of glace or no absorption conditions.
The XTS4 rides on a retuned Cadillac HiPer strut architecture, which is a acquired of the all-over MacPherson strut kits begin in best avant-garde vehicles. Better than the accepted version, it is still a blow softer and added wallowy than the ride begin in some of its European rivals. Magnetic Ride Ascendancy (MRC), additionally included on the Corvette Stingray and the casual Ferrari, allows the advanced and rear abeyance to apprehend the road, and change up compactness on the fly for an optimized ride. An H-arm architecture with the air springs is allotment and bindle of the rear kit.
A variable-effort hydraulic adeptness arbor and adhere steers the Vsport, while StabiliTrack cyberbanking adherence ascendancy is additionally forth for the ride. Sure, the council may be old academy compared to newer electric-assist systems, but it is reliable and candid at the aloft time. The auto uses Brembo braking technology in front, which is agnate to the units begin in Cadillac’s CTS-V range.
For those who anticipate too abundant is, uh, too much, the XTS is additionally accessible in accepted front-wheel-drive configuration, powered by a non-turbocharged 3.6-liter direct-injection agent bearing 304 application and 264 lb-ft of torque.
The EPA says to apprehend about 16/24 city/highway mpg from the XTS4, with a 19 mpg average. The 3.6-liter abject agent achieves 17/28 city/highway mpg.
Electronically, the XTS4 Vsport is no slouch, either. In accession to the aloft acceptable stuff, our tester was able with a radar-based adaptive cruise control, automated blow alertness and automated braking software to abate or stop the burden of a shunt. All allotment of the Disciplinarian Assist Package, it adds $2,395 to the basal line. A accepted Disciplinarian Acquaintance Amalgamation is included to active the abettor of lane alluvion or approaches that are too fast, via atypical cavernous bench cushions.
The Cadillac User Acquaintance (CUE) infotainment arrangement allotment to the berth as well. We accept had alloyed after-effects with this package, alignment from positives in the CTS and ATS, to a somewhat arresting acquaintance in this model. Conceivably it can’t accept our Southern acidity (to our aerial we ascertain no accent) but added generally than not, requests for admonition were answered with a academy marm-ish, “Pardon?” But aloof like accepting a parachute while aerial a Piper Cub (it’s consistently important to accept a advancement plan), we pushed the OnStar button, talked with a account advisor, and had turn-by-turn admonition downloaded to us in beneath than a minute.
What’s it up against?
Competitors for this Cadillac abound, although some adeptness not admeasurement up in exact admeasurement to the Vsport. Rivals from Detroit accommodate the Lincoln MKS and the Chrysler 300C, both of which are additionally accessible with all-wheel-drive and aperture in beneath the Caddy’s pricetag. From South Korea is the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, and from Germany are the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and the BMW 5-Series, adjoin which the Vsport was benchmarked.
How does it look?
If you admired the swoopy acceptable looks of the 2013 Cadillac XTS, again you should adulation the 2014 XTS4 Vsport. This abounding auto continues with its well-received and swept aback three-box design. Accented by abounding amounts of chrome bling throughout, it attempts to analysis all the boxes that a acceptable Cadillac client desires, with aloof the appropriate bulk of abreast address to allure new affairs to the fold.
Sport auto and a blacked-out grille, abutting with a distinct Vsport logo on the trunk, achieve easygoing adverse amid the accepted XTS and its added able brother. That’s enough, and it follows the Leonardo da Vinci adage that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” While not announcement the exact dimensional conciseness of the CTS or ATS sedans, it still conveys the Art & Science architecture aesthetics that has helped to adviser the brand’s resurgence. Dimensionally, the Vsport is 202 inches continued with a 112-inch wheelbase and an all-embracing amplitude of 73 inches.
And on the inside?
Our XTS4 Vsport was able with a handsome two-toned biscuit and atramentous covering basement amalgamation that offered abundant abutment during continued stints abaft the wheel. A configurable 12-inch TFT barometer array offered changes alignment from analog to agenda readouts, to admittance of aeronautics maps, in-car ball options and blast advice anon in the driver’s band of vision.
We did acquisition afterwards a appearance that the disciplinarian acquaintance kit, with its cavernous bench cushions, became rather annoying while underway. On the added hand, it could become absolutely accessible should there be a blemish that you would discretely like to itch.
The two-toned affair agitated out through advanced and rear area the rear bench allowance offered a admirable 40 inches of legroom.
The CUE arrangement is acutely placed aerial and aloft the centermost animate in an eight-inch awning that resembles and operates agnate to an iPad or added tablet. Slider switches action haptic acknowledgment as you blow them to tune a station, about-face the aggregate or accomplish the altitude controls. As techy as they are, we still acknowledge the abiding feel of accepted dials begin in abounding added cars.
But does it go?
The Vsport offered brute-force dispatch from its huffed V6. Able to bang us aback into the seats of this 4200-pounder, and accumulated with its six-speed automated transmission, it was as abiding footed as a dupe while whipping forth ambagious anchorage and alteration elevations. Acoustically-tuned accommodation managed to accelerate some of the engine’s audio clue aback to the cabin, in a address that will contentment the disciplinarian and maybe affright some biting passengers. That adeptness be account the amount of acceptance itself.
This bouncer (transverse-engined) auto offered abundant council feel from its hydraulic arbor and adhere setup, and the Haldex AWD provided added absorption wherever it was needed. We anticipate the Haldex arrangement is one of the affidavit the XTS4 displays administration that makes it assume lighter and beneath than it absolutely is.
While not as brittle or conceivably alike acrid as the acquaintance provided by some of its alien rivals, the Vsport offered a acceptable accommodation in ride quality, aspersing the side-to-side casting that we accept apparent in added abounding affluence cruisers. The Magnetic Ride Ascendancy continues to affect us with its adeptness to acclimate on the fly depending on alley altitude and the desires of the driver. But with such a acceptable accepted ride mode, those desires apparently about-face out above the interests and accomplishment set of abounding of this Cadillac’s ambition customers.
We saw an 18 mpg ammunition abridgement boilerplate from this sedan, which may or may not be due to advancing drive techniques that conceivably brought it bottomward from the EPA-estimated 19 mpg average.
Leftlane’s basal line:
The 2014 Cadillac XTS4 Vsport offers all-wheel-drive accessibility and best of the adeptness begin in a base-level Corvette, but with the adeptness to backpack bristles bodies in comfortable comfort. Though not as abundant a close abettor like some of its European competitors, it has a ride that will be accepted by cast loyalists as able-bodied as those attractive for article added than sedans with a continental air about them.
With the barring of the beneath than absolute CUE system, we anticipate Cadillac is set to both acquisition new buyers and amuse old customers. Regardless of which academy they appear from, we anticipate they will like what they see.
2014 Cadillac XTS4 Vsport abject price, $62,095. As tested, $65,415.
Driver Assist Package, (includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto Blow Prep, Advanced and Rear Auto Braking) $2,395; Destination charge, $925.
Words and photos by Mark Elias.