I was cruising around and spontaneously decided to pull up into a Cadillac dealership to test drive an ATS -- the 2 liter turbocharged engine with a manual transmission -- out of pure curiosity on its driving dynamics and I felt so bad for the salesman.
It was obvious I knew much, much more about the car than he did and he kept telling me wrong answers or just couldn't answer my questions, period.
For example, I asked him if it had electric or hydraulic steering -- no idea.
Engine size? 4 liter turbo. LOL WUT.
Anyway, the car itself was nothing to write home about either. The clutch engagement was not great at all. I couldn't really tell the where the engagement point was and the shifter felt notchy and unrefined. Hate to keep bringing the E46 up (lol), but its shift action feels so right.
Pick up felt abysmal; didn't feel like 220 torques (been watching too much Top Gear) at all.
Worst of all was the Vue, or whatever it's called, touch-screen system. I've said it before and I'll say it again: touch-screen interfaces DO NOT WORK IN CARS. No matter how intuitive the OS is, it just feels clumsy and awkward. Haptic feedback doesn't help, either, but nice try, Cadillac.
Don't understand the hype at all around the ATS.