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2016 Cadillac ATS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Cadillac ATS was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

The majority of automotive journalists say the 2016 Cadillac ATS' interior is attractively styled and features premium materials, but a few critics say they expect more refinement from the brand. The ATS' front seats are fairly roomy, reviewers agree, but they say the rear seats are cramped and the trunk is small. Test drivers also note that the CUE infotainment system doesn't work as well as some competitors' systems.

  • "Whether in sedan or coupe form, the 2016 ATS has a sophisticated, well-appointed interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior was a little sparse. I liked it, but it didn't really seem up [to] the level of what the average Cadillac buyer would want." -- AutoWeek
  • "Though it shares its basic design with the standard car, the ATS-V's interior is a step up in materials. Carbon-fiber trim and stitched seams give it a higher-grade feel, too." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the ATS emulates the CTS with a similarly sharp-edged design and extensive use of premium materials, including stitched surfaces on the dashboard and doors." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Cadillac ATS sedan seats five, while the coupe seats four. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel are available. According to most test drivers, the 2016 ATS' front seats have a good amount of legroom, though they report that headroom is limited. Its back seats are small for the class in both models, auto writers add. A few critics also note that the ATS coupe lets in more road noise than rivals.

  • "The back seat, like in any coupe, is a little tight -- too tight for a 6'1" lunch colleague." -- AutoWeek
  • "Front-seat legroom is adult-sized, but headroom can get cramped with the sunroof. Rear-seat legroom is tight in the 5-passenger sedan, and even more so in the 4-passenger coupe." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A short freeway stint, however, revealed plenty of road noise." -- Automobile Magazine (2015 coupe)
  • "Compared to most other entry-level luxury sedans, the ATS's backseat is smaller than the norm. It's not necessarily a deal breaker depending on what your priorities are, but know that taller adults will find headroom, shoulder room and hiproom in short supply." -- Edmunds (2014 sedan)

Interior Features

The 2016 Cadillac ATS comes with Bluetooth phone connectivity, two USB ports, push-button start, proximity key, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required after a three-month trial). Options include a sunroof, a rearview camera, navigation, Bluetooth music streaming, a wireless phone charger, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pre-collision braking, front and rear parking sensors and Cadillac's CUE infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and touch-sensitive buttons that vibrate.

While reviewers think the ATS' CUE infotainment system is nicely styled, they point out that the system can misread user inputs, and they say some rivals' systems are easier to use. A few test drivers think the infotainment system is straightforward overall, but they had trouble connecting to Apple CarPlay.

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  • "The available CUE touch-screen infotainment center isn't perfect, but it's better than some systems out there." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The infotainment system was a pleasure to use, and featured Apple CarPlay -- which for whatever reason gave me more trouble in this car than the Corvette we tested the system out with. I couldn't find the button in the infotainment system to launch CarPlay, so I had to rely on it auto booting. Well, sometimes it does not auto boot, which effectively makes it not have CarPlay. Of course, that isn't a huge problem, because the normal Cadillac infotainment software was more than adequate." -- AutoWeek
  • "If you like video games, you'll think the dashboard looks cool. But knobs and buttons are usually better than touchscreens. In fact, the touchscreen often misread or missed my cues altogether. I felt distracted driving in the East Village as I stabbed my finger repeatedly into the dash." -- Bloomberg
  • "CUE, Cadillac's infotainment and connectivity interface remains, along with the standard ATS's haptic-feedback buttons. Though the overall design is attractive, it lacks the simple, effective usability of most competitors." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2016 Cadillac ATS sedan and ATS coupe both have 10.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on the small side for the class. Available split-folding rear seats expand the cargo area, but most critics wish the ATS offered more trunk space.

  • "The trunk is similarly confining at just 10.4 cubic feet of capacity." -- Edmunds (2015 coupe)

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