2019 Cadillac ATS-V vs. 2020 BMW M8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Cadillac ATS-V’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The BMW M8 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

Both the ATS-V and the M8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the ATS-V 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the M8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the ATS-V’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Transmission

The ATS-V offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The M8 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the ATS-V’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the M8’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Cadillac ATS-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the BMW M8.

The ATS-V is 6.5 inches shorter than the M8, making the ATS-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ATS-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The M8 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The ATS-V has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M8 (83.9 vs. 81).

The ATS-V has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom and 4.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the M8 Coupe.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 33% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

The ATS-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 M8 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The M8 has never been chosen.

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