Steve Siler, New York Daily News Auto Journalist, compared the 2014 BMW 528i vs the 2014 Cadillac CTS 2.0T. He compared styling, model range, interior and performance and in the end, the CTS won!
Siler compares both vehicles’ styling, mentioning that the 5-Series was introduced in 2011 and is the largest, heaviest and most conservatively styled 5-series in the 4 decade history. In 2014 the only changes that BMW made to the 5-Series were subtle interior updates, different head and tail-lamp interiors, and a slight fasciae modification.
But, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is all-new! It is 5 inches longer and yet weighs considerably less than the previous model. Siler states that the CTS is now sized and packaged as a regular mid-size luxury sedan.
The new CTS has a bold grille, vertical LED lights and tailored body contours. Siler acknowledges that the CTS is dressy and provocative, projecting exactly the sort of edginess that makes sport sedan customers notice. If there is a way to measure sedan “swagger,” the Caddy wins, hands down.
Siler compares the model range of the BMW which boasts variety in 2014 with a 240-hp 4-cylinder, pricey hybrid and fuel-efficient diesel.
The Cadillac lineup includes a turbocharged 272-hp 4-cylinder, a 321-hp V-6 model, and a turbocharged, 420-hp V-Sport model. Currently Cadillac offers the CTS in sedan form and a new, faster CTS-V is being prepped to take on the M5.
Siler states, “You can equip each car more or less with the same level of leather, wood, audio fidelity and connectivity, but their presentations could not be more different. The BMW is placid, the corporate boardroom of the two, while the chrome-drenched CTS interior screams “Viva Las Vegas!””
The BMW 5-Series stays with iDrive’s hockey-puck-and-screen interface. The CTS’ center controls sports a large touch-screen that is sized and configured like an iPad. Siler states, “You can decide for yourself which layout looks better, but when it comes to sense of occasion, the Cadillac wins.”
The 5-Series torque is delivered in a calm, smooth fashion, and Siler states “.. it’s generally unexciting.” He describes the CTS, weighing 200 lbs. less than the BMW as getting down the road great. According to the manufacturers, the BMW 528i can accelerate 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds and the CTS in 5.7 seconds.
Siler describes the steering and braking response in the CTS as “simply spectacular. Bumps and road impacts are nicely muted-this is still Cadillac, after all-yet it offers plenty of road-feel for the driver.” He wants to give the Cadillac team accolades for being able to give the CTS the excellent road-feel, unlike the BMW that decided to develop a more luxury model with less road-feel for the driver.
The Winner: Cadillac CTS
Siler announces the winner as Cadillac! “Both cars are fine choices, but the BMW is the cautious pick for customers, because of its conservative styling and the enormous popularity of the brand. We understand skepticism that the CTS is suddenly on par with BMW, especially when it comes to overall performance. But Cadillac clearly saw an opportunity when BMW grew the 5-Series into the giant it is now, and the American luxury brand went for the 5-Series’ jugular with its all-new CTS.”
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