The driving experience of the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe is still one of the better driving experiences out there. However, it faces stiff competition from the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5 series of vehicles, both of which are the two major German manufacturers’ entrances to the compact luxury coupe segment. Lexus and Acura have also thrown their hats into the ring, so once again there is a full complement of compact luxury vehicles from all of the usual suspects. And of the big three (Cadillac, BMW and Audi) Cadillac’s offering is technically the cheapest with a $38,000 starting price (while the others start at $40,000). However, as goes with any luxury car, options will ultimately drive the prices through the roof, as high as $60,000 on the ATS coupe and $56,000 on the A5 as well as $64,000 on the BMW 4 Series.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe handles incredibly well and has very responsive steering, much like the ATS sedan. But for some reason, it does not feel as rigid as the sedan does nor as sporty, which seems odd considering that a coupe is supposed to be a sportier version of a sedan in most cases. Perhaps its because of the larger tires on the ATS coupe, but the coupe definitely feels a little less agile than the sedan, and frankly, for most they won’t notice the difference. But, thanks to the new wheels and tires, this car does ride smoother than the 2013/2014 ATS sedan which is a welcome experience. It also handles speed bumps better than the 2013/2014 ATS sedan, which is a great thing for anyone that has driven that car before.
The 3.6L V6 engine in the ATS coupe is the same as the one from the ATS sedan, which is a perfect fit for the ATS coupe. The ATS coupe does come with the 2.0 Turbo or the 3.6L V6 engine, and Cadillac sent us the larger engine model. This engine is a fantastic one and really gives you the power you want exactly when you need it. As a result, gas mileage is going to be quite poor if you drive around the city a lot and gun it as much as you want to. Under normal city/highway conditions we got an MPG of around 20, which is in line of the vehicle’s 18 city/ 26 highway rating.
Also, during our testing of the LTE we actually drove the vehicle at various speeds and still were able to maintain a stable LTE connection, which means that this technology is definitely ready for consumer use and that parents can get their children to use their talbets while in the car without worrying about tethering or any other kinds of features. In fact, the range of the Wi-Fi network is pretty large and can easily be reached from 25 feet away or more. The Qi wireless charging worked pretty well for us in our testing and unfortunately, like all Qi wireless charging it did make the phone fairly hot, which sort of defeats the purpose of charging the device as a hotter phone and battery discharge faster. We also were able to successfully test the SMS feature of the CUE system, however it did occasionally have messages appear and then disappear and then reappear again, so it wasn’t necessarily as reliable as the other two new technological features of this car.
There was also a slight issue of fit and finish on this vehicle, which we noticed. That was the panels on the interior of the vehicle next to the power button did not quite line up like they were supposed to and actually were lined up perfectly in the ATS sedan, so we knew that this wasn’t on purpose. This is somewhat similar to a fit and finish issue we found with the Cadillac Escalade where the doors didn’t seem to line up exactly.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is a fun car to drive and it has a lot of new technological features that other cars simply don’t have like the wireless charging and the LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. However, it misses a lot of marks that had seemingly already been taken care of with the ATS sedan. That is why this car appears to be taking one step forward and two steps back. Instead of building on the success of the ATS sedan, it appears that Cadillac has made the 2015 ATS Coupe a less functional version of the ATS sedan even with the same engine and new technological features. Cadillac should be applauded for trying to push the technological envelope with these new features, but they also need to remember that this car is supposed to be a driver’s car and the reduced visibility without any blind spot assistance is simply unacceptable and could be a deal breaker for many.
They also made minor changes to the CUE system, but it fundamentally runs on the same hardware and slightly updated software. It doesn’t quite feel much different, but there was an opportunity for Cadillac to finally deliver the apps for CUE that they had promised since the launch of CUE. To this day, there are almost no 3rd party apps for CUE other than Pandora and that still needs rectifying. Even so, that doesn’t entirely make the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe a worse car, there are plenty of other things that might turn someone off to this car. And even with all of our complaints, it is still one of the most striking cars on the road today and it is still a lot of fun to drive when you ignore all of the things around it.
Cadillac should definitely consider a re-do of the ATS coupe for future versions as it isn’t necessarily a bad car, but it has more flaws than the car that it is based off of and that’s just a shame because you would expect there to be perfections and improvements rather than setbacks and mistakes.