This is the big test we’ve all been waiting for. Is Cadillac’s highly publicized ATS is good enough to drive people out of the big daddy of all sports sedans, BMW 3 Series? Well, the only way to find that out is by way of comparison, a head to head challenge. That’s what Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman has been up to. He puts the 2.0 liter Turbo Cadillac ATS up against the F30 BMW 328i.
Both these cars have 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engines, and they both have very well-sorted chassis. But which one is the sportiest?
And yes, it’s the BMW. The German saloon does everything a bit better than the Caddy. The ATS is a great effort, it really lives up to the expectations. But the thing is, BMW founded this segment and they’ve been building sports sedans for decades. For a first, the ATS is a brilliant car. But at the end of the day, it’s just another copy that isn’t just as good as the original.
Comparing the ATS to the 3-Series is like comparing a Samsung phone to the iPhone. It’s just not as good. Period.