2018 Cadillac ATS

Interior


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2018 Cadillac ATS Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

When it comes to fit and finish, the 2018 Cadillac ATS has one of the nicest cabins in the class, and an abundance of standard features add value and entertainment opportunities. A small trunk, a cramped rear seat, and issues with the infotainment system mar its interior score.

  • "Well-styled and built with high-end materials, the ATS interior is among the best in the segment." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether in sedan or coupe form, the 2017 Cadillac ATS has a sophisticated, well-appointed interior. Leather seating is standard in most models, while base trims use Leatherette. Available wood or carbon-fiber trim also makes the ATS look and feel the part of a luxury car." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "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)

Seating

ATS seating capacity depends on the body style. The four-door sedan holds five people, and the two-door coupe has room for four. Synthetic leather seats are standard, and upgrades like genuine leather, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, power front side bolsters, and a heated steering wheel are available.

For child safety seats, the ATS has two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors (coupe models only have two tether anchors). It's fairly easy to fit and install most types of car seats using the LATCH hardware.

Like many small luxury cars, passenger space isn't overly abundant in the ATS. This won't bother those in the front seats, which are roomy and comfortable, but the back seats are cramped and narrow, especially in the ATS coupe.

  • "We're not so impressed with the small rear seat." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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

The base ATS infotainment system consists of Cadillac’s CUE infotainment interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, three USB ports, satellite radio, a Bose 10-speaker sound system, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless charging for enabled smartphones. A rearview camera, Teen Driver assist, dual-zone climate control, and proximity keyless entry are also included.

Available options include navigation, a 110-volt household-style outlet, a sunroof, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, a safety alert seat, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, lane change alert with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist with departure warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic emergency braking, and a head-up display.

Enhanced smartphone integration (via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) bolsters the usability of the CUE interface, but this system lacks redundant buttons, and the touch-sensitive audio and climate controls require extra attention from the driver.

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  • "The standard CUE infotainment interface features an attractive 8-inch touchscreen and operates similarly to a smartphone or tablet, via taps, swipes and pinches. Furthermore, what's known as haptic feedback lets you know when you've pressed a virtual button by pulsing when you touch it. … 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." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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)

Cargo

Both the ATS coupe and ATS sedan have a 10.4-cubic-foot trunk. That's one of the smallest cargo capacities in the class.

  • "Sporty luxury coupes aren't known for convenience, but the Cadillac ATS coupe sacrifices more cargo and storage space than most. It can handle typical day-to-day duties, but other coupes are better suited to weekend getaways and long trips." -- Edmunds
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