Cadillac CTS vs. Audi A4

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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The midrange class of luxury sedans is mostly dominated by the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW, but Cadillac and Audi have been working hard to get their names in the discussion. Caddy has its CTS, which recently received a refresh, and Audi has its legendary A4, which is all-new for 2017.

The CTS and A4 have been around seemingly forever, and both have a lot to offer. Which one plays best against the big boys from BMW and Mercedes?

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What the Audi A4 Gets Right

The Audi A4 was all-new for 2017, and got a new look that modernized the brand’s timeless shape, a new cabin, and a new pair of engines. While the A4 may lack the pizzazz of the CTS's styling, its sleek design will age with the best of them.

Despite being rated as a compact to the CTS's midsize rating by the EPA, the A4 actually has slightly more rear-seat legroom. What’s more, the A4’s cabin is extremely refined, putting a significant gap between it and the CTS.

The A4 does give up a little power to the CTS, but its 31 mpg combined in the base Ultra model and 28 mpg combined with the 252-horsepower 2-liter engine easily best all of the CTS's ratings.

What the Cadillac CTS Gets Right

The refreshed CTS is a bit of a 'tweener, larger than the A4 but smaller than an A6 or other midsize luxury sedans. This extra size allows the CTS to offer up a bit more room in its trunk and far roomier front seats.

The CTS also wins out in performance thanks to its potent powertrains that include a 268-horsepower 2-liter turbo engine, 335-horspeower 3.6-liter V6, and 420-horsepower 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 in the V-Sport model. The latter powertrain delivers a sport-car-like 4.9-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

With its rear-wheel drive setup, the CTS also delivers a sportier feel in the corners relative to the front-drive basis of the A4.

Why Choose the Cadillac?

If you must have six cylinders and rear-wheel drive in your sports sedan, the CTS makes plenty of sense.

Our Verdict: Audi A4

The Audi is the better car overall—and it's not worth getting snobby over its front-wheel drive layout because you'll miss out on one of the best cars in this class.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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