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

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V

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2016 BMW M5

Safety Comparison

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The CTS-V’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The M5 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac CTS-V are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW M5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the CTS-V and M5 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The CTS-V has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The M5’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To help make backing safer, the CTS-V’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The M5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the CTS-V and the M5 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the CTS-V 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the M5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CTS-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

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The CTS-V’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 80 more horsepower (640 vs. 560) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (630 vs. 500) than the M5’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The CTS-V’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 65 more horsepower (640 vs. 575) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (630 vs. 500) than the M5’s optional 4.4 turbo V8.

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

CTS-V

M5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.9 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

114.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the CTS-V gets better highway fuel mileage than the M5 Auto with its standard engine (14 city/21 hwy vs. 14 city/20 hwy).

The CTS-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The M5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The CTS-V stops much shorter than the M5:

CTS-V

M5

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

99 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The CTS-V’s 265/35R19 front and 295/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M5’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The CTS-V handles at .98 G’s, while the M5 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CTS-V executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the M5 (24.2 seconds @ .88 average G’s vs. 25.2 seconds @ .78 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Cadillac CTS-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the BMW M5.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the CTS-V has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The M5 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The CTS-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The M5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CTS-V is quieter than the M5 (50 vs. 51 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The CTS-V has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The M5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CTS-V has standard extendable sun visors. The M5 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The CTS-V has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the M5.

The CTS-V offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The M5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The CTS-V’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The M5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The CTS-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the CTS-V will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the M5.

CTS-V

M5

Five Year

31%

30%

Three Year

48%

46%

Recommendations Comparison

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The CTS VSport was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 8 years. The M5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CTS as their 2014 Car of the Year. The M5 has never been chosen.

The CTS-V was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The M5 hasn’t been picked since 2006.

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