Cadillac BLS Review

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Cadillac BLS Review

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Cadillac have carried across design cues from other models in their range, there is the unique wedge shape that tapes to front which have characterised the CTS, STS, SRX and XLR models.

How It Looks -

Cadillac have carried across design cues from other models in their range, there is the unique wedge shape that tapes to front which have characterised the CTS, STS, SRX and XLR models. The vertical rear and head lights and the V-shaped chrome plated grille are all typically Cadillac.

Although I think Elvis would turn in his grave (where are excessive dimensions and tail fins) the exterior is quite attractive, if not distinguished and is aimed directly at the European buyer. If you squint you can see the Saab 9-3 that it is based upon, hiding under the skin, but overall Cadillac have given the BLS a distinctive edge.

How It Looks - Interior

Initially I thought the interior was a little disappointing, especially if you are expecting the Cadillac to be all American. Saying that it should appeal to European buyer’s and has more than a hint of Saab, bearing in mind the BLS’s roots.

The Cadillac clock in the centre of the dashboard would be a welcome touch if it were better quality unfortunately it is not up to the standards of Maserati. The steering wheel has been lifted directly from Saab, changing only the badge on the boss. Rarely do I like wood in cars but in the BLS the red walnut wood veneer and brushed aluminium worked well.

Rivals
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Audi A4
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Saab 9-3
  • Volvo S60
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Cadillac BLS Road Test Data
Model ReviewedCadillac BLS
  
Body TypeSaloon
ColourSilver
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9,5 Seconds
Top Speed 131 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban34.8 mpg
Extra Urban57.6 mpg
Combined46.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group16
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 11/11/06)£25,073 OTR as tested

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