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The cabin is the finest Cadillac ever made, and it’s rife with high-quality materials that fit as well as anything we’ve ever seen from Cadillac.
But the aesthetics could be warmer; it lacks the flourishes that have made the German sedans evocative and emotionally appealing machines. The CT6 can’t compete with the Mercedes S-Class with its gorgeous arcs of chrome and glowing LED rainbows, or the fantastic sandwiched wood-and-metal trim in the Audi A8. Don’t misunderstand. We think the Cadillac design of spare and pure is a good one. It’s the Barcelona chair of its class, and that’s an exciting direction for Cadillac.
The CT6 has exceptional room, especially rear legroom, although the center rear passenger will be perched high and uncomfortable on the transmission tunnel, while the NBA forwards on either side of him will be fine, even with headroom. An optional Rear Seat Package massages and reclines the seats, and shows entertainment on the 10-inch screens, in your 400-horsepower four-wheel-drive Cadillac.
The rear seats don’t fold flat, while the rear seatbelt receivers are too deep in the seats, and hard to find especially when the armrest is down. There’s a trap door over the armrest to the trunk, to carry long thin things. The trunk holds a big 15.3 cubic feet.
The driver’s seat is very firm and flat. It needs either more bolstering or softer cushions, as well as a wider range of adjustment. There’s a large center console under an armrest. The CUE infotainment system is standard, appearing on a 10.2-inch hi-resolution screen.
It’s quiet inside because the engine has a steel block, says Cadillac. A steel block is quieter than aluminum. That means less interior sound-deadening material is needed. That material weighs more than the difference between a steel block and an aluminum block. That’s the efficient engineering.