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2020 Cadillac CT5

Interior


MSRP
$36,895
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2020 Cadillac CT5 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 5.8

The 2020 Cadillac CT5's interior quality is mixed. Although there are some nicer materials, many of the harder plastic surfaces look out of place in this class. Seating space and comfort are OK, but cargo space is poor. The CT5's infotainment features are generally user-friendly.

  • "Inside, the CT5 boasts plenty of nice features … but there's too much hard plastic in here to really call it luxurious. What's more, the buttons for drive modes, stop-start and a few other functions are awkwardly placed behind the shifter and just feel like afterthoughts. Once again, this Cadillac's interior just can't match what you get from other premium-brand rivals." -- CNET
  • "The CT5’s fit and finish is very neat and businesslike—but appropriate for this class. All the switchgear, buttons, and knobs feel upscale. Unlike other Cadillacs that we’ve tested, they don’t feel as if they were borrowed from a generic GM parts bin." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The interior is a mixed bag. Some aspects, such as the carbon-fiber trim with red accents to match the stitching, are well executed. The Bose stereo is dynamic and avoids the traditional midrange speaker mush. But other switchgear and plastics are pulled from the familiar GM parts bin and detract from any sort of premium feel." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The five-seat Cadillac CT5 has mediocre passenger accommodations. It feels a little cramped up front, and the front seats aren't that supportive. Rear-seat legroom is great, but most critics agree that headroom is a little tight.

Synthetic leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Optional features include leather upholstery, semi-aniline leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and driver's seat memory settings. You can also get heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats; a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; 18-way power-adjustable front seats; and a sport steering wheel.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

  • "The car's seats don't have the lateral support needed for spirited driving. … The rear seat offers excellent legroom but is tight on headroom." -- Motor Trend
  • "As with most compact-luxury sedans, rear-seat room isn’t vast, but the Cadillac’s is better than most competitors. Because the CT5 is larger overall than compact sedans, it pays off in extra legroom. Rear-seat access, however, is hampered by the narrower rear-door opening. Up front, the Cadillac feels a bit cramped for driver and passenger." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It has 39 inches of headroom in front and 36.6 inches rear, for instance. I sat in the back seat and had room for my large noggin despite the sedan’s 'coupe-like' roof line." -- Autoweek

Interior Features

The 2020 CT5 comes standard with a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, three USB ports, voice recognition, a nine-speaker premium stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Critics praise the system for its straightforward operation. In addition to the touch screen, there's a rotary knob on the center console to control the system.

Other standard features include proximity keyless entry, remote start, a universal garage door opener, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include a sunroof, navigation, a 15-speaker Bose premium stereo, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster display, wireless device charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a cabin air purifier.

The CT5 also comes standard with active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, a safety alert seat, the Teen Driver monitoring system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.

Optional safety features include rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, a rearview mirror camera, rear pedestrian alert, and automatic parking assist. Also available are adaptive cruise control, reverse automatic emergency braking, automatic seat belt tightening, a head-up display, a following distance indicator, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive headlights, and automatic high beams.

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  • "Most judges agreed that the responsive haptic touchscreen improves Cadillac's once-balky CUE infotainment system." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 10-inch touch screen is admirably large, and we like that there are both volume and tuning knobs, but their placement so close to each other is awkward." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The CT5 sticks with the brand’s oft-maligned CUE. As much as customers and journalists like us have complained about CUE, the latest (and likely last) version found in the CT5 works pretty well. All the necessary functions are easy to find, and the touchscreen is quick and responsive. And if you really don’t like the interface, there are physical buttons for the climate control and a pair of dials for audio." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The Cadillac CT5 has 11.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for the luxury midsize car class. The opening is narrow, making it hard to load in larger items. A hands-free trunk is optional.

  • "The most glaring surprise of the CT5 spec sheet is its tiny 11.9-cubic-foot trunk. … In practical terms, CT5 owners will find it much more difficult to fit all their luggage into the Caddy than its competitors." -- Autoblog
  • "Finally, at 11.9 cubic feet, the CT5’s trunk capacity not only trails that of rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volvo S60, it is further hampered by a narrow design." -- Kelley Blue Book
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