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2017 Cadillac ATS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Cadillac ATS was new.


Interior: 6.6

The 2017 Cadillac ATS aims to be a driver's car, but the inside still carries many of the hallmarks of a luxury tourer. The cabin is well-designed, and the extensive use of high-end materials gives the interior a classy feel. The standard and available tech features add to the ATS' cutting-edge feel, but that doesn't mean you'll love all of them. The now-standard CUE infotainment system provides plenty of connectivity options, but it's not as user-friendly as many rivals' systems. That's a decided negative because it controls most of the climate and audio functions.

The front seats have plenty of space for most drivers, but the rear seats – in sedan and coupe models – lack adequate room for most adults to ride comfortably. The only good thing about having smaller rear seats is that you won’t feel so bad folding them down to provide extra cargo space. That's something you'll need to do if you want to haul stuff, as the ATS has one of the smallest trunks in the class.

  • "It's not entirely without faults, as its CUE infotainment interface isn't the benchmark in the class and the ATS has a smaller backseat and cargo area than its competition." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether in sedan or coupe form, the 2016 ATS has a sophisticated, well-appointed interior." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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 (2016)


Whether you opt for the five-seat ATS sedan or the four-seat coupe, leatherette upholstery comes standard, but you'll appreciate available comfort features like leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The front seats have plenty of legroom, though the available sunroof limits headroom to some degree. Performance seats with added side bolstering are also available.

The rear seats are less impressive. Most coupes don't offer a lot of rear-seat space, and the ATS is no different. However, ATS sedan models also provide more cramped conditions than you'll find in many competitors. The conditions aren't unbearable in the back seat, but taller passengers won't want to stay back there any longer than absolutely necessary.

  • "The compact size of the ATS is a blessing and a curse, as its backseat is smaller than those of most other entry-level luxury sport sedans. These tighter backseat confines aren't necessarily a deal-breaker, but be aware that taller adults will find headroom, shoulder room and legroom in short supply." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seat, like in any coupe, is a little tight -- too tight for a 6'1" lunch colleague." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • 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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the ATS include Bluetooth phone connectivity, wireless phone charging, three USB ports, push-button start, proximity key, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard.

One big change for the 2017 model year is that the CUE infotainment system is now standard in the ATS. The system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to turn the CUE system into an extension of your trusty mobile device. However, there are no redundant physical buttons to back up CUE's 8-inch touch screen. Some drivers may find this frustrating, as the touch-sensitive controls can be hard to see and adjust on the go, which means you'll have to divert your eyes from the road to change settings. The touch screen also struggles with responsiveness, and it occasionally misses inputs. Overall, CUE isn't a bad system, but it falls short of competing systems found in the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and other rivals.

Other standard features include Cadillac's Teen Driver technology, which is sure to be a favorite of parents. Teen Driver allows you to set speed and volume limits in the ATS that other drivers cannot exceed, effectively letting you police your teen's driving habits from the comfort of your living room.

Available features include common luxury features like a premium Bose audio system and a sunroof, though taller buyers should be aware that the sunroof reduces the available headroom. There are also plenty of driver assistance features designed to make your life easier and safer while you're behind the wheel, including forward collision warning, front and rear automatic braking, and blind spot monitoring.

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  • "In practice, however, the lack of discrete buttons is frustrating because its use depends on your vision and not simply feel. Some of CUE's features, such as the slide bar for volume adjustment, turn out to be more troublesome than conventional controls. Until you get accustomed to the system, expect to glance at the center stack frequently any time you make a minor adjustment to the fan or radio settings. In this class, we prefer the BMW iDrive, Mercedes COMAND and Audi MMI systems, all of which employ a multidirectional knob-based controller." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)


Whether you choose a coupe or sedan body style, you'll find that the ATS has one of the smallest trunks in the class. Both body styles provide 10.4 cubic feet of trunk space – only the Lexus RC has a smaller trunk among class rivals that aren't convertibles, and even the convertible models (which generally offer less trunk space than their nonconvertible counterparts) are within a cubic foot of the ATS' cargo capacity. On the bright side, the ATS has a wide trunk opening, making it easy to load items, and split-folding rear seats are available, letting you gain a little flexibility when hauling larger items.

  • "… the trunk of the ATS is similarly lacking in space. In spite of its wide opening, it offers just 10.4 cubic feet of capacity, and the base trim does not have folding rear seatbacks." -- Edmunds

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