Cadillac BLS car review by Jason Dawe

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Cadillac BLS

Forget buying a Porsche or a if you want to be really exclusive, a Cadillac. In March — when plates change and the greatest of new cars are sold — Bentley 125 sales in the UK and Porsche, 930. managed 11.

What is bad news for is good news for buyers in the market. In 2008 a top-spec BLS 2.8T V6 Elegance automatic had a price of Ј28,000; today you can buy one 5,000 miles for Ј11,750. And before you start to haggle.

Buyers should note the Caddy is not really an American The BLS is really a Saab 9-3, its under­pinnings with the Swedish car and on the same production line.

The styled saloon has decent and a wide choice of petrol and engines. The petrol units, a turbo and 2.8-litre V6 turbo, 172bhp and 251bhp respectively. is particularly efficient in terms of or emissions but the 2.8 V6 does endow the with a fair turn of — 0-60mph in 6.5sec — if you can live a fuel economy around the mark.

Diesel power comes in the of a 1.9-litre unit. Producing the diesel BLS will easily 40mpg and makes for a relaxed cruiser. This is the pick of the

At launch the BLS was available in three levels — SE, Luxury and Sport Every model is well boasting alloys, cruise climate control and a decent CD The Luxury gets 17in leather seats and electric seat adjustment.

Available with only the V6 engine, the Sport Luxury is a beast and adds little than even bigger and an upgraded sound system. to the range in March last saw the introduction of an 180bhp version of the diesel, although this is on the used market.

The Cadillac’s underpinnings endow it with dynamics that are a far cry from imports of old. The cabin is and the large seats are comfortable, but legroom is modest, while the boot is identical in size to of a Saab 9-3. The busy is pretty much a direct from the Saab 9-3.

The Cadillac BLS is not the worst car money can buy but it personality. Neither big and brash nor and sporty like the German machinery, it has struggled to find an to compete against cars as the BMW 3-series and the Saab 9-3.

Check the following:-

Safety

Not by Euro NCAP, but the BLS comes six airbags, active headrests to prevent whiplash and traction

Cadillac dealers are and may soon disappear. A good or a Vauxhall/Saab dealer should the car’s mechanicals well to give an adequate standard of

Timing Belt

Some report timing belt at about 40,000 miles so get it earlier to avoid a potentially bill for engine damage

Leather upholstery can wear and will need cleaning and regularly

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