What is it?
This is a car that you’re going to need to want badly, because its price takes it way above what you’d pay for an equivalent BMW 5-series Touring or Mercedes E-class wagon, and both are better cars.
Still, this is a CTS that can be had with right-hand drive, unlike the striking coupé, even if it can be obtained from only one dealer: Bauer Millett in Manchester.
What's it like?
It comes with a 307bhp, direct injection 3.6-litre V6 of unusual civility – it runs to 7000rpm with impressively smooth enthusiasm – but it’s hooked to an automatic that’s frequently slow-witted and initially turns absurdly frenetic in Sport mode until it has learnt your driving style. Couple this to a crudely over-responsive throttle and it becomes a challenge to drive smoothly.
Still, there’s enough power to tweak the back axle, which is fun, and the CTS handles quite decently, with more front-end bite than might be expected. A more mature choice would be the all-wheel-drive version, which costs little more and puts down its power with unflustered authority.
It’s comfortable, too. The ride is pliant, wind noise exceptionally low and the dash a mostly pleasing sight, its upper deck leather-covered and the lower reaches making extensive use of alloy-look plastic that is at least attractive.