How The Cadillac CT5-V Stacks Up To The Competition

Now that pricing has been announced for the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V, we can start comparing the performance-oriented sedan against direct rivals in terms of power output and other key metrics, such as overall dimensions and price.

Those that missed the memo should take note: the new Cadillac CT5-V is no longer the monster of a hammer that the ATS-V or CTS-V were. Instead, it represents the entry-level tier of Cadillac’s newly-minted two-tier performance vehicle strategy, wherein the first tier carries the V moniker (like CT5-V), while the second tier will carry the V Blackwing name (such as CT5-V Blackwing). With that in mind, let’s see how the new CT5-V stacks up against the competition.

Starting at $48,690, the CT5-V competes against other mid-range performers such as the Audi S4, BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG C43, and Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

All five contenders in the performance D-segment rely on six-cylinder engines with either one or two turbochargers. The CT5-V is equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 engine (production code LGY) mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission, while its adversaries’ gearboxes get anywhere from seven to nine gears. All-wheel drive is available across the board, though it’s standard in the Audi and Mercedes.

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Engine Powertrain Comparison
Model Engine Power (hp @ rpm) Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) Transmission
Audi S4 turbo 3.0L V6 349 @ 5400 369 @ 1370-4500 8-Speed Auto
BMW M340i turbo 3.0L L6 382 @ 5800-6500 369 @ 1800-5000 8-Speed Auto
Cadillac CT5-V twin-turbo 3.0L V6 360 @ 5400 405 @ 2350-4000 10-Speed Auto
Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 twin-turbo 3.0L V6 400 @ 6400 350 @ 1600-5200 7-Speed Auto
Mercedes-AMG C43 twin-turbo 3.0L V6 385 @ 6100 384 @ 2500-5000 9-Speed Auto

One of the more interesting points about the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is that it’s as a bigger car than its competitors, but at a lower price point. Here’s how the exterior dimensions and curb weight line up.

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Exterior Dimensions Comparison
Model Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Track F/R (in.) Curb Weight RWD/AWD (lbs.)
Audi S4 111.2 186.8 55.3 72.5 61.6/60.9 3858
BMW M340i 112.2 185.7 71.9 56.4 62.3/61.8 3849/3968
Cadillac CT5-V 116.0 193.8 74.1 57.2 62.8/63.9 3975/N/A
Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 112.2 189.6 71.8 56.8 60.4/61.4 3588/3998
Mercedes-AMG C43 111.8 185.0 71.3 56.3 63.1/61.3 3825

Since the CT5-V is bigger on the outside, it normally should offer a more spacious cockpit than its smaller rivals. Here are the interior dimensions of all five cars.

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Interior Dimensions Comparison
Model Front Headroom (in) Rear Headroom (in) Front Legroom (in) Rear Legroom (in) Front Shoulder Room (in) Rear Shoulder Room (in) Front Hip Room (in) Rear Hip Room (in) Trunk (cu. ft)
Audi S4 38.9 37.4 41.3 35.7 55.9 54.5 N/A N/A 13.0
BMW M340i 38.7 37.6 42.0 35.2 56.0 54.6 N/A N/A 17.0
Cadillac CT5-V 39.0 36.6 42.4 37.9 56.7 55.7 53.7 53.7 11.9
Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 39.5 36.8 44.5 35.1 56.7 56.1 53.2 52.5 13.5
Mercedes-AMG C43 37.1 37.1 41.7 35.2 55.3 55.0 N/A N/A 12.6

Now, let’s see how the Cadillac stacks up to its competitors in regards to pricing. All figures listed include destination freight charges.

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Base Pricing Comparison
Model RWD MSRP AWD MSRP
Audi S4 N/A $51195
BMW M340i $54995 $56995
Cadillac CT5-V $48690 $51290
Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 $54250 $56250
Mercedes-AMG C43 N/A $55950

In conclusion, the CT5-V ranks fourth for horsepower, but first for peak torque. Meanwhile, it is in fact the biggest car of the bunch form the outside, but apart from slightly more rear-seat legroom, the Cadillac’s cabin isn’t more spacious, and trunk space is the smallest in the segment. On the other hand, it’s the most affordable of the group, by a long shot.

Launch should take place in the first quarter of 2019.

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Alex Luft

Alex is the founder of Cadillac Society. He has a deep passion for automotive business strategy and enjoys driving his ATS sedan on twisty mountain roads.

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