The 2019 Cadillac ATS drops two doors this year, however maintains its European character and manners. Due to the fact that of lackluster sales, the ATS will be used just as a coupe for this year, and will be terminated soon. Although the sedan is off the table, the remaining coupe is enjoyable to drive and fairly glamorous.
The ATS comes in four trims this year: Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Premium Performance. Standard and Luxury trimmed models are equipped with 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The leading two trims get Cadillac’s 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque.
2019 Cadillac ATS Styling
The 2019 Cadillac ATS brings a familiar, aged look that hasn’t altered much because the model’s introduction numerous years earlier. We don’t mind it, but it’s average by now. The ATS carries such a recognizable style at this moment, any changes to the exterior seem to fade in contrast. The appearance has actually aged well, but just since it didn’t wear the trailblazing shapes that a few of Cadillac’s other vehicles have.
The ATS is a less-sharp approximation of Cadillac’s CTS, with rounded lines coddling the grille and lower front bumper. The now-ubiquitous swept-back headlight shape looks nearly out of location here, strangely pointy on an otherwise pedestrian profile.
Inside, exposure is helped by a low dash and well-placed controls. In some colors, the dash can feel imposingly dark and dull, but the minimalist appearance works well to draw the eye to the ATS’ 8.0-inch infotainment screen and capacitive controls beneath it. Cool features like wireless charging are almost lost in the otherwise unimaginative design.
2019 Cadillac ATS Engine
The 2019 ATS is fun to drive and much livelier than its simple appearance lets on. Two engines are offered across the ATS line in 2019: a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 272 horse power and a 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6. Both powerplants are combined to an 8-speed automated, but the turbo-4 can get a smooth-shifting 6-speed handbook for a match made in twisty-road heaven.
Surprisingly, the smaller, less-powerful engine will win the lover’s heart in the ATS. The pairing of a lighter engine with the option to click through your very own gears produces a pleasant driving experience, and one that is more functional daily than competitors like the Mercedes-Benz C300 and BMW 328i.
2019 Cadillac ATS Features
The 2019 ATS is offered in four trims, two engine options, and rear- or all-wheel drive offered across most of the range. With an amusing 6-speed handbook readily available in certain configurations, the ATS has the ideal components in place to be a real sports coupe and all-round entertainer.
The ATS lineup includes Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Premium Performance models. Standard and Luxury models feature a 2.0-liter turbo-4, while Premium Luxury and Premium Performance trims are equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6. All models are equipped with Cadillac’s feature-rich 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. With haptic feedback and basic Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, the ATS is tech-heavy even in base trim.
2019 Cadillac ATS Safety
The 2019 Cadillac ATS is pared down this year to a two-door version that hasn’t yet been tested by federal or independent authorities. We’ve kept our security score pending those outcomes, however provided the low numbers of coupes sold, we’re not holding our breath.
The 2019 ATS can be geared up with a variety of optional sophisticated security tech like forward accident warning, lane-keep help, rear-cross traffic informs, auto high-beams, and more, but the tech is not offered on base models at all and is optional on Luxury trims. Premium and Premium Performance trims get the features as basic devices, but we’re then speaking about vehicles that are nearly $50,000 before options and tax.