Inside, they don't do a great job of hiding the bargain price. As we've often complained with Cadillac products, the company's interiors can't compete with the best in the class. The CTS-V feels significantly cheaper inside than just about anything at this price point, with lots of black plastics and chintzy controls.
It also uses capacitive buttons — basically touch screen buttons, instead of a knob — for climate control, volume and other controls. We won't mince words: they don't work well. They don't always activate on the first try and at their best feel clunkier than the normal switches you'd expect.
That second-rate approach also applies to technology, where the CTS-V feels far behind its rivals. We can excuse the lack of advanced driver assists in a performance-oriented vehicle, but even the technology that is on board feels poorly implemented. The backup camera has poor resolution, the gauge cluster looks tacky, and Cadillac's infotainment system can't compare with the slickness or user-friendliness of, say, BMW's.