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Cadillac XTS- Refreshed yet outdated

After being unveiled in 2012, the Cadillac XTS was lauded by the luxury car audience.  It is still in its first generation but Cadillac has given the XTS much needed exterior and interior updates this year. The car continues to be powered by a 3.6 liter 6-cyl. engine, which is offered in two states of tunes- a standard V6 and a powerful turbocharged V6. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, and apart from the Base trim, all variants get an option of AWD. Cadillac XTS is available in 4 trims, namely Base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum.

Likes

-> Interior has oodles of space and is luxurious

-> Optional Turbo V6 offers a lot of grunt

-> Plenty of standard features

Dislikes

-> Standard V6 motor isn’t powerful

-> Some safety features are exclusive to top trim

-> Narrow trunk opening limits practicality

What’s New?

-> LED Headlights and a redesigned bumper

-> New design for the Alloy wheels

-> Updated Infotainment system

-> Improved NVH

The 2018 Cadillac XTS comes in 3 trims, with a V6 motor in two states of tune. The standard 3.6-liter V6 motor develops 304 hp of power and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. The more powerful, Twin-Turbo V6 develops a mammoth 410 hp of power and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic is standard, which sends power to the front wheels, while there is an option of AWD as well. With the Twin-Turbo V6 and smooth gearbox, acceleration is brisk and the car feels agile to drive. 0-60 mph is seen in 5.2 seconds, which is impressive.

Even with a huge curb weight, there is not much of body roll and car feels stable even during hard cornering. Ride and handling balance is also sorted for the most part, and the steering offers good feel and feedback. It is a well calibrated unit, light at low speeds, and weighs up really well as you gather pace. All of this coupled with a slightly stiff suspension makes results in great handling, and the car is eager to dart into corners. Braking power is top-notch, and the car comes to a halt without any drama. Fuel efficiency for the Twin-turbo V6 is rated at 15 mpg, which makes it quite a gas guzzler. What’s interesting to note is that FWD variants have lower efficiency ratings, at 11 mpg. 2018 Cadillac xts prices start at $46,395 for the Base trimand go all the way till $72,495 for the top-end Platinum trim. Read more to find out how it fares on our test scale.

Exterior

The 2018 XTS is built on the same platform which underpins it’s elder sibling, the Escalade. It follows Cadillac’s modern design language and the car feels muscular, yet elegant to look at. On the practicality front, the trunk has sufficient cargo space on offer, but the narrow opening robs away some practicality.

Interior

The interior of the XTS is a nice place to be in, with a well laid-out dashboard and touch-sensitive controls all over. Front seats offer sufficient cushioning and side bolstering, and there is a lot of space on offer, in both the rows. What’s not-so-good though, is the all-round visibility, due to thick A Pillars and limited glass area. Another gripe is the touchscreen infotainment system, which isn’t fluid to use nor is responsive. As is usually the case with big sedans, the rear is the better place to be in.

Safety

Although the official test scores aren’t available yet, both IIHS and NHTSA have always lauded this big sedan. Standard safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, rear view camera and stability control. Optional Safety package, available in top trim includes Adaptive Cruise Control, blind spot monitoring and emergency braking.

Verdict

Looking for a spacious and luxurious sedan which offers a dose of performance and practicality? Look no further, Cadillac XTS is a fine mix of both worlds. It is reasonably priced as well. Yes, it does come with flaws like narrow trunk bay and a dated infotainment system, but look beyond them and the XTS offers tremendous bang for the buck.

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