2007 Cadillac CTS Interior
This interior review was written when the 2007 Cadillac CTS was new.
Although reviewers agree that the 2007 Cadillac CTS's five-seat interior is very stylish, Edmunds points out the "cabin can't match class standouts such as the Audi A4 when it comes to sheer elegance and ambiance." But when it comes to comfort, New Car Test Drive notes there is "more interior room than most of its European competition."
In spite of the general admiration for the 2007 Cadillac CTS trims, auto writers note that the competition is still fierce. Automotive.com used the word "disharmony" to describe the combination of materials, and Edmunds points out "although functional and comfortable, the CTS's cabin can't match class standouts such as the Audi A4 when it comes to sheer elegance and ambiance." Kelley Blue Book calls the interior "clean and elegant."'s first impression of the interior was "of a stark European office,"
The 2007 model updates include a roomier cabin. Cars.com notes, "Headroom, elbowroom and leg space are abundant up front" while MSN thought slight improvements could be made to the back seat, writing, "Four tall adults fit, but the rear seat area should be roomier, considering the car's rather large size." Still, the majority of reviewers found the interior to be roomy, with noting, "The CTS actually has more legroom than competing Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz models."
Critics were pleased with the seats in the 2007 Cadillac CTS. "The front seats, especially," writes Edmunds, "offer a pleasing combination of long-trip comfort, with enough support in the side bolsters to hold one in place." About.com notes, these are not "the overstuffed couches of yesterday."
Other reviewers noticed improvements in ergonomics. About.com notes the "well-placed auxiliary controls" and that "the volume control for the audio system is a particularly clever rotary wheel -- a nice touch."
Overall, critics were impressed with the 2007 Cadillac CTS's standard features. Carz Unlimited praises the 2007 Cadillac CTS for its "wide array of available features" and MSN notices "a good amount of standard equipment." These include leatherette seating, an eight-way power driver seat, an AM/FM stereo, RDS, 7 speakers, XM Satellite Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, Passenger Sensing System, rear window electric defogger, power programmable door locks with rear child security feature, inside rearview auto-dimming mirrors.
"Beyond aesthetics, the hardware works great," says New Car Test Drive, "Many of the materials are soft and interesting to the touch." The Auto Channel observes, "The center stack, steering wheel, and all the interior amenities appear stylish and well designed." And Automotive.com says the Cadillac CTS has "good cupholders and consoles."
About.com says the interior of the special edition 2007 Cadillac CTS-V has "no frou-frou ... just tastefully-executed functional details," includes all of the standard features plus modified steering, power front seat, sunroof, full leather seating with suede insert, AM/FM/CD with eight speakers, XM satellite radio, power and heated seats, split folding rear seats and daytime running lights with override.
A DVD-based navigation system is available as an option for the Cadillac CTS, the first GM vehicle with XM NavTraffic, which delivers real-time traffic information straight to the dashboard's navigation screen. According to Automotive.com calls it "obtusely inconvenient" with "buttons too many and one mouse too few."it's "complicated to use, with vertical rows of buttons along each side." And
"Driving enthusiasts will want to consider one of two sport-themed packages," writes Edmunds. Upgrades to the 2.8-liter and 3.6-liter bring wood trim, an inside rearview auto-dimming mirror with a handy compass display; an 8-way front passenger seat adjuster; heated driver and front-passenger seats, heated front seats with power operation for the passenger, memory presets for two drivers, an alarm system and a wood-trimmed steering wheel and a chrome shift knob.
Reviews were mixed on the 2007 Cadillac CTS's storage space. Kelley Blue Book says the CTS has "an abundance of storage space." Automotive.com noted the "good cup-holders" but calls the glove box "skimpy."
The trunk is 12.5 cubic feet, which the San Francisco Chronicle writes, "is a bit tight for this class." Folding rear seats -- standard on the CTS-V and optional on the other trim levels -- lay flat when flipped forward. This increases the cargo area "appreciably," writes MSN, of an already "large trunk" with a "low, wide opening and a lid with dual struts that moves up smoothly and well out of the way."