Cadillac BLS 1.9 turbodiesel – Diesel Road test

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Cadillac BLS

1.9 turbodiesel – Road test

Cadillac BLS 1.9

Heard the one about the turbodiesel Yes, I thought it was a joke, I ticked the box on the launch invitation and myself for plenty of petroleum-based Checking the small print for the though, the D word jumped out well, like the word from the mouth of George

Yes, Cadillac is going all What next, McTofu? So such a key US player seeing the perhaps the planet isn’t to implode after all.

on though, is this revolutionary Caddy USA-bound?

Ah, you spotted the sleight of hand. main mission is to re-establish as the automatic choice in America’s market, but this model’s is purely to build sales elsewhere being Europe. says there are two million out there in Europe’s premium car market.

It has a bulging portfolio of to choose from and I’m not going to attempt to explain because the nomenclature constitutes the most abstract and baffling set of ever conceived. Suffice to this potential rival to the BMW 3 and Audi A4 is sent out to chase a 10,000 global sales in its year, with a painfully shy of just 1,500 in the UK.

And the diesel is crucial to that

Although there are three petrol engines – a or 210hp 2.0-litre and a more American 2.8-litre V6 turbo, 255hp – this common-rail turbodiesel is the infantry of the and the make-or-break model.

So how does it

To assess it, what better to measure it against Cadillac’s own statement: ‘stand-out design, handling and excellent performance.’ On paper, the BLS stands out slightly than it does in reality. In on tarmac, it looks more what it actually is – a Motors Saab 9-3 with a kit. It certainly has visual but it’s my bet that this initial pizzazz factor quickly tone down you’ve been liaising it for a few weeks.

If anything, the distinctive V shape and vertical rear lights me think of a burlesque Vectra. the compact size of the car, it to be trying a little too hard. And its looks big.

And the handling and

Well, there are far punchier and reassuring diesels out there. Fiat-GM engine, in this does need to be worked hard to deliver anything approaching performance. It has a fairly torque band too, so be for some gearwork when

With a 60mph time of 9.5 in the manual option and 11 in the automatic, no pace-setter (I’d want a second off either for it to qualify in respect), but that’s not to say it’s or laborious. On the motorway, it’s in its cruising quietly and smoothly.

Cadillac BLS

And on roads, though the steering do with a little more the ride is adept and the actual very impressive. And the overall of 46mpg can only add to that

So what are the material incentives to

Money is key, actually. stresses that this will emerge around cheaper than the equivalent BMW or Lexus, though in the hard of day, my suspicion is that aiming above its true and the more likely rivals are 407, Ford Mondeo and Avensis. All buyers, from trim up, get: air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted radio 16-inch alloys, four windows and a seven-speaker CD player.

up to Elegance and you also have ESP wood garnish, automatic heated seats, split climate control and beefier alloys. The Sport Luxury has sports suspension, Xenon leather and strapping 18-inchers are as likely to improve the ride as heels on a donkey).

All in all, then?

Sadly, not sold, but it’s a question of if you have any, you’ll buy this car essentially is – the 9-3. Only joking, of The Cadillac might be just palate-dulled execs are looking

Prices start at #xAF;#xBF;#xBD;21,473 for the and #xAF;#xBF;#xBD;22,933 for the auto version.

verdict: 5/10 Perhaps a them and US thing.

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