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Cadillac BLS

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Ten Point Test

Auto Trader Ten Point Test Rating #8211; 76%

Cadillac is one of the most well known American names, and conjures up images of chrome-edged Americana from the 1950s.

Today Caddy still sells plenty in America, but its big, soft saloons never caught on in Europe; but its new, Euro-styled BLS is set to change that. Read on for our full review on the Cadillac BLS.

1. Looks 8/10

You can#8217;t fail to be noticed in the BLS; its huge features and sharp, crisp lines look unlike anything else on the road #8211; on first impressions. But look a bit closer, and you#8217;ll see it#8217;s based on Saab#8217;s excellent 9-3, sharing the Saab#8217;s roof, windows and windscreen. There#8217;s a heavy American influence in the styling which has been softened up for the European market.

Despite this, no European car maker could get away with parts like the fantastic #8216;egg crate#8217; grill and enormous rear lights.

2. Looks inside 7/10

There#8217;s plenty of Saab inside the BLS too. The steering wheel and various switchgear has come straight out of the GM parts bin, and while they look good in the Caddy, you can#8217;t help wondering why there aren#8217;t more bespoke parts on this expensive saloon. The oversized dash looks the part, and the analogue clock gives a real air of nostalgia.

The electric cream leather seats in out V6 Sport model were comfortable and supportive while still looking great.

3. Practicality 7/10

Access to the boot has never been a saloon car strong point, and the BLS is no different. Despite offering 425 litres of space and a 60/40 split folding rear seat, the boot is compromised by a small opening.

It gets better in the cabin though, with a class leading 988mm of front headroom and 892mm in the rear, so five adults could sit in comfort. The Caddy is very refined too, with a pleasant thrum from the engine under heavy acceleration being the only real noise on the move.

4. Ride and Handling 8/10

Auto Trader Ten Point Test: Cadillac BLSOur Sport model has slightly firmer suspension than the rest of the BLS range, but the ride was still excellent. Despite its branding, our BLS Sport felt more at home on the motorways than hustling along the back roads. That said, grip is excellent and it always feels stable at speed; in fact we didn’t have to lean on the traction control at all.

5. Performance 8/10

All of the BLS#8217;s three petrol and one diesel engines are turbocharged, which makes for impressive performance across the range. Our 2.8 V6 engine produces 255bhp and 258 lb/ft of pulling power at a very useable 2,000rpm. This meant there was grunt from low down in the rev range.

The BLS can dash to 60mph in a shade under seven seconds and will carry on to the dark side of 150mph.

6. Running Costs 6/10

With all that power and a huge engine, fuel consumption is pretty heavy. Cadillac quotes 26.6mpg on average, but we fed the V6 engine a gallon of unleaded every 22 miles. Insurance is a bit on the weighty side too, with a group 17 rating.

7. Reliability 8/10

Too early to say really, but given its Saab-ish chassis, engines and transmissions, there shouldn#8217;t be many problems. The Saab 9-3 scores well above average in the Reliability Index.

8. Safety 7/10

The BLS hasn’t gone through EuroNCAP crash tests yet, but should perform well, given the level of safety kit. ABS and traction control is standard across the range, but Cadillac have gone for more built-in safety devices such as #8216;hinged#8217; B-pillars (the pillars between the front and rear doors), which swing like a pendulum in a crash and move away from the occupants. Inside, you#8217;ll find driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing active front headrests.

9. Equipment 8/10

The BLS isn#8217;t short on kit, but for a £31,000 car, we want sat-nav as standard. The CD/radio fitted to our car sounds excellent, and is equally at home broadcasting the Today programme as blaring out gangsta rap. The Sport has the Visibility Package as standard, which brings an automatic dimming rear view mirror, folding electric wing mirrors and rear parking sensors.

Closer to the driver is a set of electrically moving leather seats, dual zone climate control and cruise control. Sadly, there are no funky flip-out cup holders, so owners will have to make do with a couple of cup-shape orifices in the centre console.

10. X-Factor 9/10

Part hard-nosed businessman, part blinging rapper; the BLS is the kind of car that#8217;s perfect for anyone who loves a grand entrance. At the moment they#8217;re rare too #8211; so seeing one in the flesh is always an occasion.

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