An American in Europe

9 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on An American in Europe
02#American cars; too big, too and too thirsty; or so is the perception of many a and buyer on European land. The BLS aims to change that The last time Cadillac to sell cars in the UK, the exercise with the company retreating its tail between its legs, the having been totally for UK tastes.

This time different, as the BLS is a Europe-only Cadillac; the can’t even buy one in their country. Our first drive in the BLS promise; time to live the car for a week and give the full

Now I must admit to a little – I am a Cadillac owner; a full-size American market Escalade double cab pick-up owner. It’s tough to of many vehicles less to Europe and to be honest I wasn’t out much hope for the BLS despite my colleagues thought.

At Cadillac got the styling right. all sharp edges in a way that has abandoned with curves akin to jelly sculpture. But it the BLS is different in a good way; and striking.

It gets all the right of attention. It’s not quite though; the styling cues concepts such as the Evoq and Sixteen are there – the V theme is everywhere, even in the – but it’s almost the designers tried to cram too into a car too small to carry the off. The rear is a perfect we’ve got the large upright red lights, but the boot lid mounted light is massive and almost to the edges of the boot lid.

It sit well on a full-size US saloon, but would be a foot wider the BLS. Up front there are the upright projector type (bi-xenon) and egg crate grille the same as on my Escalade, but smaller. The is more successful in my eyes the grille sits maybe too far of the headlamps. It’s subjective I #p##02# But there’s nothing to feel ashamed off at the golf

And your colleagues won’t at the interior either. Our car was silver with all black cloth with some aluminium strips and bits of black ‘wood’. Surprisingly, it looked good; the plastic black was almost convincing and passengers all favourably. The analogue clock top centre of the console looks classy; the three dial panel a model of almost clarity.

Everything fitted well too. No it’s not an but it’s certainly a Saab.

Oh the Saab connection. Cadillac is no illusions that it can break the European market overnight. targets for the BLS are conservatively low and there’s no way low expectation sales levels provide a return of investment on an car.

The Cadillac BLS borrows heavily Saab. It’s a Saab and there is some Saab but it’s a looker in a way no recent ever has been.

Our Cadillac BLS with a 175bhp 2-litre turbocharged engine, but it’s no car. It had only a five-speed and fifth is geared at around There are conservative tyre (215/55 R16), not the rubber on cotton reels favoured by the prestige marques nowadays.

No, the Cadillac BLS is, is relaxing, brisk and refined. Drive normally, up to 75% effort and the BLS feels fairly The turbocharger installation is seamless; never know it’s a engine.

There’s no boost nor any tell-tale shove in the back as the cuts in; just seamless that is available from as low as South of 2000rpm the engine is strongly although not earth so. No, more like a bigger engine might. #p##09# its neck out and you realise that the BLS that quick after 0-62mph takes 8.5 seconds the 137mph top speed is par for the course and a to the 0.31 co-efficient of drag.

The BLS engine revs willingly to the red line, but again the big power you associate with a turbocharged just doesn’t materialise. It just like a non-turbo but one that’s big enough to provide mid-range acceleration when traffic. The high profile are a good choice; 17-inch or wheels on this car would too bling in my opinion; the 16s are just the size and pay back dividends in comfort.

I was really shocked, as I expected the BLS to be more American in more wallowy to achieve any of ride comfort, but body is up there with the better cars providing excellent without the wallow.

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The Cadillac BLS even goes corners; grip levels again a surprise and drive at commitment and it really impresses. there’s not much feel the steering and there is a hint of steer out there somewhere, but it the test of ferrying passengers flying colours. My son likes to go but doesn’t like to feel he is quickly.

A brisk drive him in the back saw him completely undisturbed the more important task of the World Cup on his PSP, despite rather push-on driving on my Wind noise is very low on the although this car exhibited a more road noise was reported back at last launch. Perhaps a little time in the car brought it to our attention.

Only when really does the Cadillac finally down; it can be hustled quickly but at full chat there is feedback as to what is going on. have criticised Audi of this and it has not done that sales any harm, although the limit the BLS started to get a little If weekend trips to the Nordschleife are bag, you’re probably not to get on with this car.

If tastes are a little more you’re going to be pleasantly by the BLS. Even allowing for my I really enjoyed my time this car. Now can I have the turbo V6 please? 2007 BLS range overview


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