2018 Cadillac CTS vs. 2018 BMW 5 Series

Due to the large number of attractive options available in the market, now has never been a better time to shop for a luxury sedan. While that factor may seem like a good thing for buyers, though, it can ultimately lead to a difficult choice when deciding which car is right for you. In this comparison, you’ll get a brief look at some of the key features of the 2018 Cadillac CTS and the 2018 BMW 5 Series.


The 2018 BMW 5 Series offers slightly more fuel economy than the Cadillac CTS in terms of fuel efficiency, but not by much. The BMW 5 Series delivers an estimated 24 mpg in the city and up to 24 mpg on highways under normal driving conditions.

When you compare that output to the 2018 Cadillac CTS and its 22 city street mpg and 30 mpg on the highways, it may seem as though the BMW 5 Series performs better in this category. However, this small adjustment in fuel efficiency still doesn’t quite account for the rather large difference in horsepower between the two vehicles. You should see a larger tradeoff in terms of better efficiency for such a big impact on performance.


The 2018 Cadillac CTS comes equipped with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that offers up to 335 horsepower. If you’d like a bit more power under the hood, an optional 3.6-liter V6 upgrade is available, but for many people, the standard engine provides more than enough punch.

The 2018 BMW 5 Series, however, offers only as much as 248 horsepower, despite the fact that it comes standard with a similar 2.0-liter TwinPower four-cylinder engine. With a difference of nearly 100 horsepower between the two vehicles, the Cadillac CTS comes out ahead of the BMW 5 Series in terms of raw performance.


Neither the Cadillac CTS nor the BMW 5 Series has skimped when it comes to providing you with the ultimate driving experience inside the cabin. Each vehicle features the latest technologies including wireless device charging, on-board navigation, and a full-color touch-screen control panel. The 2018 BMW 5 Series makes use of gesture controls, similar to those found on most smartphones, and you may believe those controls would be a smart move toward providing an intuitive interface. Unfortunately, gesture controls take more time, though, and energy to execute than you want to invest while you’re behind the wheel.

The 2018 Cadillac CTS, however, has intelligently stuck with more standard control interactions that aren’t as potentially distracting. Simple controls don’t mean the CTS onboard systems are any less capable than those found in the BMW 5 Series, though. They’re faster and easier to access.

At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with either of the vehicles in this comparison. They both offer a better driving experience than standard sedans, but if you’re interested in getting the most value from your money, visit Hennessy Cadillac and take the 2018 Cadillac CTS out for a test drive.

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