2020 Volkswagen GTI vs. 2020 Cadillac CT4

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen GTI are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Cadillac CT4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The GTI has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The CT4 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the GTI and the CT4 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 lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the GTI the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CT4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The GTI’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CT4’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the GTI for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the CT4.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen GTI’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the CT4’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 3 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GTI gets better mileage than the CT4:

MPG

GTI

FWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

CT4

RWD

Auto

2.7 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.7 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen GTI uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The CT4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen GTI higher (7 out of 10) than the Cadillac CT4 (6). This means the GTI produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the CT4 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The GTI offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The CT4 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The GTI offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The CT4 doesn’t offer an SMG.

The GTI Automatic’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The CT4 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GTI’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CT4:

GTI

CT4

CT4 Sport

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The GTI’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CT4’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GTI has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CT4.

The GTI has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CT4; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the CT4 don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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The GTI offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The CT4’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better maneuverability, the GTI’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the CT4’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The GTI’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the CT4 AWD’s (35.8 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

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The Volkswagen GTI may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Cadillac CT4.

The GTI is 1 foot, 7.2 inches shorter than the CT4, making the GTI easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The GTI has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CT4 (93.5 vs. 90).

The GTI has .1 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the CT4.

Cargo Capacity

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The GTI has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the CT4 (22.8 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The GTI’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The CT4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the GTI the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the CT4 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GTI’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CT4’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the GTI to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CT4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the GTI has a standard rear wiper. The CT4 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The CT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The GTI SE/Autobahn’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The GTI Autobahn’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CT4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen GTI, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The GTI was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 14 of the last 14 years. The CT4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the GTI as their 2015 Car of the Year. The CT4 has never been chosen.

The GTI was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 13 years. The CT4 has never been an “All Star.”

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