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At each gear change under moderate to hard accelerati­on, there’s a short and sudden ‘BLAAAP’ noise — also common to Audi and Mercedes-Benz competitor­s — and will likely give CT5-V owners a thrill. Until it gets annoying and they change exhaust modes.

According to Cadillac, the CT5-V can reach 60 mph from rest in a reasonably quick 4.6 seconds, which feels about right. Fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway and 21 combined.

Pricing starts at $48,800 for the RWD model and $51,400 for the AWD. Among the optional packages is Cadillac’s latest semi-autonomous Super Cruise system that for 2021 comes with lane-change-on-demand capability (which does exactly what you think it would do).

Other extras include a panoramic sunroof, driver’s- and passenger’s-seat lumbar massage, illuminate­d door handles and sill plates and a 15-speaker Bose-brand audio system. Key active-safety technology is included, such as emergency braking and blind-spot warning, but lane-departure warning and active cruise control are optional.

The question is whether the CT5-V’s attributes put it in the same league with the BMWs and Audis of the world. The answer is absolutely. The bonus is that the Cadillac costs less, which makes it a terrific value.

Consider that the V’s V-6 engine makes only 25 horsepower more than the non-V and you might wonder what all the fuss is about. Well, the CT5-V is a more complete performanc­e package. PHOTO: CADILLAC

Compared with the CT4, the CT5 has seven more inches of space between the front and rear wheels, which means the rear seat space is quite generous. PHOTO: CADILLAC

Type: Rear- /all-wheel-drive midsize sedan

Engine (h.p.): 3.0-liter V-6, twin-turbocharg­ed (360)

Transmissi­on: 10-speed automatic

Market position: Cadillac is attempting to compete with other premium-level models by offering a range of sophistica­ted sedans with reasonable levels of luxury plus available performanc­e powertrain­s. Points: The CT5’s styling is attractive and Cadillac adds just enough to the V to make it distinctiv­e and athletic. • Potent twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmissi­on make a great team. • Surprising that a complete array of dynamic safety technologi­es is not standard. • Blackwing model with a considerab­ly more powerful engine is slated for 2022.

Driver assist: Blind-spot warning with cross-traffic backup alert (std.); active cruise control (opt.); front-emergency braking (std.); lane-departure warning (opt.); pedestrian detection (opt.)

MPG (city/hwy): 18/27 (RWD) Base price (incl. destinatio­n): $48,800

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