Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW M5 VS 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW M5

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Safety Comparison

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The M5 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the M5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The M5 offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CTS-V only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the M5 and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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The M5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the CTS-V’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the M5 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the CTS-V.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the BMW M5 (base engine) is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (automatics tested):

M5

CTS-V

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the M5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CTS-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The M5 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CTS-V (21.1 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the M5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS-V:

M5

M6 Carbon Brakes

CTS-V

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

16.1 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

15.6 inches

14.4 inches

The M5 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The CTS-V doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The CTS-V’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M5’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the CTS-V (116.7 inches vs. 114.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M5 is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the CTS-V.

The M5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.3% to 47.7%) than the CTS-V’s (53.6% to 46.4%). This gives the M5 more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

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The M5 is 4.1 inches shorter than the CTS-V, making the M5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the M5 is quieter than the CTS-V (69 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The M5 has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS-V (102 vs. 97).

The M5 has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS-V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The M5 has a larger trunk than the CTS-V (14 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the M5 offers cargo security. The CTS-V’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the M5’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The M5 also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CTS-V, the M5 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

If the windows are left down on the M5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the CTS-V can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CTS-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The M5 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CTS-V doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M5 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The CTS-V doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M5 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the M5 offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The CTS-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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