Almost but not quite cabin
This is Cadillac’s finest cabin yet, and it is rife with beautiful design and the highest quality materials, including wood, leather, carbon fiber, and metal. It has the next generation of the CUE infotainment system, complete with a 10.2-inch screen and a new touchpad. Other available amenities include a 34-speaker Bose Panaray audio system, welcome lighting that illuminates the car as the driver approaches, a cool new rear camera mirror that triples the width of the view behind, and a Rear Seat Package that comes with a massaging feature and a pair of 10-inch screens for rear-seat entertainment.
While the amenities might be up to snuff, the attention to luxurious detail isn’t quite up to the levels of the competition. The German full-size cars have the best interiors on the planet, with little design flourishes and unexpected bits of metallic trim in areas like the seat control panels and across the dashboard. Those cars also have better seats than the Caddy. I found the CT6’s driver’s seat to be a bit too firm, with too little bolstering and not enough adjustments or range of motion in the adjustments to find my ideal seating position.
Don’t get me wrong. The CT6’s interior is spectacular. It just lacks some of the little bits of surprise-and-delight flair that the Germans offer.
Not quite a BMW experience
After the media drive, I returned home to pick up a 2016 BMW 7-Series test car. I got into the driver’s seat and found that it had the adjustments and range of motion that I preferred. I scanned the dash and door panels and saw more metallic trim and design detail than could be found in the Cadillac. I got into the backseat, shut the door lightly and watched the door close itself the last few millimeters. And I when I tried to fasten the seat belt, it clicked in with ease. On the road, though, the BMW wasn’t quite as planted as the Cadillac, even in Sport mode.
If the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is aiming to punch above its class at heavyweights like the 7-Series, S-Class, and A8, it’s going to get knocked flat on its back. But this new Caddy also starts almost $30,000 below any of those cars and still offers real luxury and performance. It seems to me that the CT6 does have a place in the market, but it is as a tweener. With the space of a larger car, the handling of a smaller car, and a starting price in the $50,000s, the CT6 is a large luxury car value.