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Cadillac BLS

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Cadillac BLS

Underneath the sharp looks the Cadillac BLS hides European engine and chassis



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.9 16V TiD 150 hp 6.1 l/100km Diesel 9.8 s 210 km/h
2.0 i 16V Turbo 175 hp 8.1 l/100km Petrol 8.7 s 220 km/h
2.0 i 16V Turbo 210 hp 8.5 l/100km Petrol 7.9 s 235 km/h
2.8 i V6 24V 255 hp 10.2 l/100km Petrol 6.9 s 250 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 680 mm
Width 1 752 mm
Height 1 471 mm
Wheelbase 2 675 mm
Ground clearance 120 mm
Weight (normal) ?
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) 425 l
Boot space (max) 425 l
Fuel capacity 58 l

 

   The Cadillac BLS is produced since 2006. It is available as a sedan or a station wagon.

   There is a choice of four turbocharged engines, ranging form 1.9-liter diesel to 2.8-liter V6 unit. The entry-level 1.9-liter diesel is a pick of the bunch. It is smooth and flexible. Furthermore it has got more than enough acceleration. On the other hand the powerful V6 is faster, but it comes at a cost. On the downside there are hesitant automatic gearboxes.

   Despite that the Cadillac is an American brand, it shares it is based on the European chassis, which is already used on Saab cars, but it was not the most successful choice, as the BLS is firm over coarse roads and has excessive body roll going through the corners. Things get better on the motorway, but lifeless steering and stodgy handling means that the BLS is better kept on straight roads.

   The diesel engine is smooth and inaudible, while the powerful V6 becomes vocal when pushed hard. Some wind rustles can be heard at the motorway pace, while the road noise is well contained, making the Cadillac BLS a decent cruiser. The most disappointing is a crashy suspension, that can be heard and felt driving over coarse surfaces.

   The BLS comes well equipped and is competitively priced comparing with it's German rivals. Fuel consumption is reasonable, while the 1.9-liter diesel is very economical, however resale values might be below average. It's engines are already proven and should not throw any serious and unpleasant surprises.

   Interior of the BLS appears to be well built. Materials are soft to touch and nice to look at. The dash layout is clear and easy to read. Unfortunately there are still some minor disappointments, including some flimsy and imprecise switches.

   Behind the wheel there is little to criticize. Seats are comfortable and supportive, while giving a good range of adjustments. Steering wheel also has both way adjustments, so drivers of all shapes and sizes should find themselves comfortable.

   Like most luxury cars the Cadillac BLS offers plenty of space for the rear passengers. Unfortunately the rear accommodation is not exactly generous. Three adults can fit across the rear bench, but shoulder space is going to be tight. A large boot will take all the family's luggage with ease.

   The Cadillac BLS comes with twin front, side and curtain airbags as standard. Traction control and EBD are also standard even on the entry-level models. Top of the range trims are fitted with Cadillac's electronic stability system. Furthermore this car appears to be a hard nut for thieves and it is not as easy to drive away.

   Entry-level models are fitted with trip computer, air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, alloy wheels and a CD player. Luxury trim adds climate control, electrically adjustable driver's seat and larger alloys. The most expensive Sport Luxury trim comes with a sports suspension, heated leather seats and xenon headlamps.

   Production of the Cadillac BLS still continues.

 

   Advantages: The Cadillac BLS is well prices, while being well equipped. Very refined and punchy diesel engine.

   Disadvantages: Firm ride, lifeless steering and stodgy handling means that the BLS is not entertaining to drive.

   Verdict: Stands out from the crowd, but is totally uninspiring to drive.

   Also consider: Alfa Romeo 159, Audi A4.

 

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