First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T
It seems these days, Cadillac is attempting to make a proper name for themselves in the competitive luxury market. After the introduction of their luxury sports sedan CTS Vsport, they proved they can have a bit of fun in the parts department. Since the four-door ATS sedan has now been on the market for over a year, it is time to freshen things up and introduce a new style. Since most customers have no sense of fashion with wagons, there was only one clear direction for Cadillac and that was to chop two doors off.
You’d have to look fairly closely to notice this ATS Coupe has a slightly more sloping roof line and higher beltline. We were big fans of the previous four-door ATS when hit the showroom floors. The subtle design was posh enough to park in valet but never brash enough that if you parked on the bad side of town, no one would nick it. There is much to like about the ATS; the chrome grille is a bit flashy for our taste but the tear drop LED daytime running lamps and 18″ machine finish alloy wheels finishes off our sampled Dark Adriatic Metallic Blue paint quite well. That pretty color coat of paint is an extra $495 – considering the amount of complements it received, we’d be happy to pay out a little more on paint.
Cadillac has dropped the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine found in the ATS sedan and giving the new ATS Coupe only 2 engine options: 2.0-liter turbo four and the 3.6-liter V-6, which is good for 321 horsepower and 275lb-ft of torque. Our tester came with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting up 272 ponies, but exceeding the V-6 torque value with 295lb-ft to the back tires. Matted to a six-speed automatic the ATS Coupe will do a good run of zero to 60 mph in about 5.7 seconds and a top of speed of 150 mph – not bad for something that will most likely be parked near a golf course.
As a driver, you feel a connection with the ATS Coupe – there is something about the way it handles that leaves us somewhat breathless as it breaks through corners. Under Sport mode, the ATS is a joy to drive giving the driver precise responsive steering and better throttle mapping with an eager transmission using the magnesium paddle shifters. Even though our sampled ATS Coupe arrived looking like an old-school library with the $1,295 Kona Brown and Jet Black interior, it proved itself to be more than just a gentlemen’s cruiser. Now, you can’t have superb handling without a good chassis and suspension system. The magnetic ride control keep everything in check providing smooth corning capabilities with very little body roll while still giving a luscious ride experience.
It is going to be an all-out war if you find the Mercedes C350, BMW 425i, and an Audi A5 parked in the same golf resort parking lot. You know the argument, the my car is better than your car. The ATS Coupe is sure to put up a good fight. The six-speed transmission is an absolute peach and with the limited slip differential, everything is kept tightly. An added bonus were the Brembo brakes, which have never let us down in the past.
You can have a base ATS Coupe for about $38,990 and for that that you get the usual comforts of luxury leather and wood. Our tester came with the whole kit-n-caboodle wearing the Premium trim for $47,095. Add in our previously mentioned $1,295 Kona Brown Interior, $495 specialty Adriatic Blue paint, and tack on $995 for destination brings our ATS Coupe premium just shy of 50-grand at $49,880.
The Premium trim indulges us with loads of unnecessary comforts and technology that we’re happy to take of advantage of. Do bear with us while we get lost in our thoughts; the handcrafted sewn leather interior with heated 12-way power adjustable font seats are fantastically comfortable, the thick leather wrapped heated steering wheel is like warm butter melting in your hands, and the heads up display is superb!
Before we lose ourselves anymore, perhaps we should talk about how Cadillac uses a good use of leather and suede to decorate the dash and door panels along with genuine wood trim adding a top notch quality look to our interior. Since the ATS Coupe is on the smaller scale of the luxury car segment, the layout is driver friendly making everything well within reach. Fitted with Cadillac’s CUE software, the 8″ touch screen system adds a bit of learning curve and takes some time to get used to. But we’re happy to overlook some software glitches for the supreme comfort the ATS Coupe has to offer.
With any couple like design rear passengers need to accept the fact there isn’t any legroom. Casen point – the ATS’s rear seats are a comfortable place to be, the 2+2 seating arrangement means you’re not bumping hips with the adjacent passenger and the deep seats give decent thigh support. Even the sloping roofline still allows for plenty of headroom – so just suck it up that your knees hit your chin.
One of the disadvantages to opting for the 2.0-liter turbo over the V-6 is that it requires Premium fuel. And if you think using Premium fuel would equal decent fuel consumption… you’d be wrong. The ATS Coupe is rated at 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. During our week we managed a few points lower than that with 18.3 mpg city, 28.7 mpg highway with a combined average of 21.8 mpg. Thankfully the 16 gallon fuel tank is easy on the wallet and returns a decent amount of range of roughly 350 miles.
Cadillac has gone above and beyond of what they used to be known for and has created a new name for themselves in the luxury-performance segment. There is so, so much to love about the ATS Coupe; it’s a comfortable, relaxing coupe that just so happens will knock your socks off and tickle your feet. We now can’t wait to see what they have in store for the ATS V.
|2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T RWD Premium:||$47,095|
|Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic:||$495|
|Kona Brown with Jet Black Accents:||$1,295|