2014 Cadillac XTS Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2014 Cadillac XTS is a large sedan, at more than 200 inches long and with a wheelbase of nearly 112 inches. It measures up against the BMW 7-Series, Lincoln MKS, and Audi A8 in terms of overall length, but manages better interior room and rear-seat room than all three thanks to its upright cabin. If you want to make a client happy, the ride quality and seating space is about perfect in the XTS; it's spacious and quiet, yet never boat-like or queasy.

Consider the XTS's back seat to be its secret weapon. While a number of luxury models are a bit disappointing back there, the XTS has plenty of room to fit most body types. Tall riders, especially north of 6 feet tall, will have an abundance of head room thanks to a carved out headliner. We have our nitpicks though: the back seats aren't as contoured as we were expecting. The good news? The middle position in the backseat is padded well, which makes fitting five inside an easier task than found in its rivals.

With standout materials; a supreemely roomy back seat; and leading-edge technology and refinement; the 2014 XTS has a true luxury-car cabin.

Up front, the seats are comfortable and day-long easy to adjust, but not as smooth as rear seats. The driving position in the XTS is higher than found in other cars, which is a boon for outward visibility. On the other hand the front seats are not in the same super-supportive, carved-out, adjustable-in-every-way class as those of some flagship models.

Interior materials are excellent, though, and definitely a step above those used in Cadillac's former comfort model, the DTS. There's available soft Opus leather, rear wood trims, and soft-touch surfaces everywhere. Step up to Platinum models and you'll get a headliner made of Alcantara (faux-suede).

The comfortable ride is the XTS' first priority, and it manages to succeed without feeling floaty.  Thank the MagneRide system for that; it uses adjustable dampers that monitor and adjust ride quality based on road conditions and can help keep the XTS in shape when pressed into sporty-ish duty. The magnetic ride control system also works in concert with an air suspension system that keeps the car flat and composed, even with a full load of family or clients.

Active noise cancellation also helps keep the XTS cabin quiet, cancelling out road noise and any boom from the powertrain; you only hear the engine when pressing it hard.

Traditional Cadillac buyers may not be excited that Cadillac has replaced its physical buttons with capacitive sliders. To be honest, neither were we. The sliders are cool features at first, but the wear of trying to get it right or not getting the desired response when touching one of the buttons grows quickly. In the end, the touch controls could be a gimmick that we'd do without.

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