2018 Cadillac ATS vs. 2018 Audi A4

If you are shopping for a luxury compact car, you will likely include brands like the 2018 Cadillac ATS and the 2018 Audi A4 in your shortlist. Choosing between these two cars can be difficult because they are both very well-built and have no major flaws. They deliver impressive performance and ride quality, and come with an extensive list of comfort, entertainment, and safety features. Nonetheless, they are different in many ways. Find out how the 2018 Cadillac ATS compares with the 2018 Audi A4.


If performance is a major consideration, the 2018 Cadillac ATS should be the better option. This car gets its power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

In comparison, the Audi A4’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes only 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Even if you opt for the optional V6 engine, you will get more power from the Cadillac. Its 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 serves up a whopping 464 horsepower, while the Audi’s turbocharged V6 is rated at only 354 horsepower.

In addition, the 2018 Cadillac ATS uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, which contributes to quicker acceleration and greater fuel efficiency. The Audi A4, on the other hand, has a seven-speed transmission. The Cadillac also comes standard with all-wheel-drive to provide better traction in sloppy road conditions. In the Audi, all-wheel-drive is optional in most trims and standard in the performance-oriented S4.

If you drive regularly in the city, you will appreciate the Cadillac ATS’s tighter turning diameter, which makes it easier to maneuver. It has a curb-to-curb turning diameter of 36.3 feet, which is close to 2 feet tighter than that of its rival.


The 2018 Cadillac ATS has a curb weight of 3,373 pounds, while the 2018 Audi A4 weighs 3,450 pounds. The lighter weight translates to faster acceleration and better fuel economy. The Cadillac is also 3.3 inches shorter and 1.4 inches narrower than the Audi, making it easier to drive in tight spaces and parking lots. Also, wider wheels give the Cadillac ATS better traction and greater stability. It rides on 8-inch-wide wheels, whereas the Audi A4 has 7.5-inch-wide wheels.

Safety and Security

Cars like the 2018 Cadillac ATS and the 2018 Audi A4 both come with many of the basic safety features and driver assistance technologies commonly found in luxury cars. However, the Cadillac has a number of optional features that are unavailable in the Audi. These include a safety alert seat system that vibrates the driver’s seat to warn you of potential collisions, a following distance indicator that lets you know if you are following a vehicle too closely, and rain-sensing windshield wipers that can automatically speed up or slow down depending on the amount of rain detected on the windshield.

The 2018 Cadillac ATS costs about the same as the 2018 Audi A4, but it offers better value for money with its more powerful engines and longer list of safety features. If you are interested in getting the Cadillac ATS, stop by for a test drive.

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