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Cadillac BLS


It#039;s the car Cadillac had to get but have designers done to better the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series? impressions are that they#039;ve wide of the mark. Diesels are key in market and the BLS oil-burner#039;s numb is a letdown.

But competitive prices, a ride and striking looks be enough to tempt some

With the well known on the bonnet, Cadillac designers focused on making a car purely for for the first time. And featuring that pitch it squarely at the popular compact executive the resulting BLS could be the firm’s big

Cadillac is already selling in Britain but, since dealers opened their on these shores last the message has been clear: The BLS be the top seller.

Now the time has come to see if the can cut it with the best.

A dominant grille and boxy featuring vertically stacked clusters, will appeal to looking for a saloon that out on the road.

The interior layout is with clear dials, an console and a high-quality Bose Air-con and an on-board computer are but the BLS is let down by cheap plastics on the handles and the tacky analogue The thumb-trapping handbrake, borrowed the Saab 9-3 – which is on the same platform – irritates. In the back, the BLS is cramped, limited legroom for passengers.

The biggest problem for drivers, is the pedal arrangement, as they are and sit close together. And it’s a the seats don’t offer side support – results in occupants sliding

But a slippery chair won’t be the reason for drivers clinging on to the If there’s one thing that a US car designing a vehicle for Europe has to get it’s the steering. Yet we couldn’t but be disappointed by the lack of precision and through the BLS’s system.

Cadillac BLS

Thankfully, not all models have the set-up. The high-performance 2.8-litre petrol variant’s steering has uprated to give a sportier than that of the less versions. We drove the V-6T and back-to-back, and the 255bhp petrol is very refined with of pace, but suffers from turbo lag.

Only noise and a slight whine the automatic transmission break the in the cabin.

The firm’s first turbodiesel a 1.9-litre 150bhp TiD – is remarkably quiet. Coupled to a manual gearbox, it delivers torque at 2,750rpm, and doesn’t from the same lag as the flagship model.

Both cars are drive and benefit from a cushioned ride, which the Caddy a comfortable long-distance

The BLS goes on sale in the UK next at the firm’s 12 showrooms, and another six are set to open by the end of the year. Cadillac to get round the problem of its limited by offering customers a collection and service.

Three grades of trim are – Comfort, Elegance and – with prices at around £20,000 for the entry-level 175bhp turbo petrol, to £31,000 for the range-topping V-6T variant.

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