Last year the CTS-V was reintroduced as a much more aggressively styled and more powerful vehicle, picking up the refinements inside and out that the CTS gained for '08.
Most—but not all—reviewers appreciate the bold styling of the CTS-V, which isn't as smooth or rakish as rival sedans in this class. Automobile magazine lauded Cadillac's design of the CTS-V by noting that the curves have "really come into its own" and saying that the overall appeal isn't tarnished with "gratuitous, 'sporty' add-ons." Motor Trend and Autoblog both pointed to the CTS-V's aggressive front, with Motor Trend noting the "ominously bulged hood," and Autoblog noting that the big mesh grille is roughly twice as big as the last-generation CTS-V.
Taking a closer look, there are plenty of details to appreciate, including integrated fog lights, a sculpted bumper, big upper and lower mesh grilles and jeweled headlights. In back the trunklid is lined with a strip of LEDs and tall vertical taillights are impressive. V-Series badging and chrome side vents also help distinguish the V, and big 19-inch wheels show off the big Brembo binders hidden behind the polished or painted wheels. Automobile noticed the rear center-mounted taillight, which was reshaped to act as a spoiler at high speeds to produce downforce.
Overall, the exterior is different and probably won't appeal to everyone, but inside, the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V follows smoother yet still very fashionable design. The interior trim extends across the instrument panel down into a V-shaped accent in the center console that houses entertainment and climate controls. LED lights bathe the interior in soft light, and the retractable navigation screen tucks away neatly into the dash when not in use. Jalopnik gave the car high praise compared to Mercedes-Benz and BMW by saying that the interior of the CTS-V was simply better. Compared to other CTS models, the high-po CTS-V adds red tracers to the needles to "add a technical sophistication," according to Road & Track. Automobile largely agreed, saying that the cabin looks "both purposeful and classy," thanks to good interior materials and layout. Consumer Guide added a dissenting opinion by saying that the CTS-V prioritizes form over function when it comes to major controls and that the V-shape forced needed buttons into a small area of the dashboard.