|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Cadillac XT5
|3.6 Luxury||3.6L V6||FWD||8A||6.4 sec||15.0 sec @ 91.4 mph||19/27/20.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
|3.6 Platinum||3.6L V6||AWD||8A||6.6 sec||15.2 sec @ 93 mph||18/26/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|3.6 Platinum||3.6L V6||AWD||8A||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 92.6 mph||18/26/21.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Cadillac XT5
There was actually a time when SUVs weren’t a thing, and the terms “luxury” and “SUV” didn’t go together. But now it’s quite a competitive nice in the auto industry, and heavyweight brands such as BMW and Mercedes Benz rule the roost with their X3s and GLCs, while Porsche goes with the Macan, Jaguar with the F-Pace, and Audi with the Q5.
Now Cadillac is finally offering a worthy challenger in its first-generation 2017 Cadillac XT5 AWD, in lieu of the rather inadequate SRX.
The XT5 weighs in at a svelte 3,985 pounds, and that shows off the current GM focus on cutting weight from their models. Powering that weight is a variant of the 3.6L V-6 that was first found in the ATS and CTS sedans. This time you get a 24-valve direct-injected engine that offers 310 hp, 271 foot-pounds of torque at 5000 rpm, and a top speed of about 130 mph.
This naturally aspirated engine doesn’t quite match the performance of its forced induction rivals, so you need 6.6 seconds to go from standstill to 60 mph. That’s not exactly impressive when compared to the acceleration of the Audi SQ5 and the BMW X3. In fact, the GLC300 4MATIC from Mercedes Benz needs less than 6 seconds to get to 60 mph, and that’s with a puny 2L 4-cylinder engine (although it is turbocharged).
Its low weight may seem to translate to greater gas mileage, but that’s not the case either. You can get about 27 miles to the gallon on the highway, but only 19 miles when driving in the city. That gives you about 21 or even 22 miles per gallon combined.
The engine doesn’t quite jive with the 8-speed transmission either. While the car drives well and the lower weight makes it agile, pushing the engine shows its limitations. In regular city driving when you speed up in response to a traffic light turning green, the engine may hesitate and then jerk just a bit. Merge into a rather busy highway and your downshift responses aren’t exactly ideally quick.
To avoid all these problems, you’ll need to use the shift paddles in manual mode. You may also want to skip the base model’s FWD and go with the AWD instead.
There’s no such thing as a look that will impress everyone, and the same can be said of the XT5 brawny proportions. The grille is admittedly eye-catching, and you can get options such as 20-inch wheels and a sunroof.
There’s also the standard hands-free “liftgate” feature that lets you open and close the liftgate just with a kicking motion under the left rear bumper, as long as the keyless access fob is with you. You even get the memory height function that lets you program how high the liftgate will open.
Interior and Tech
The inside of the XT5 is a bit bare in the base model, although the Cadillac CUE infotainment system does boast of a fast processor, and features connectivity with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You get the usual USB slots, and thankfully the inductive phone charger is standard equipment. It comes with a nice 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen and the system is actually easy to use. You also get a variety of nifty safety features that gives you alerts for potential dangers.
If you’re looking for an actual luxury SUV instead of a regular workhorse, you’ll need the Platinum trim that’s the top of the line in the XT5 lineup. The interior does feel luxurious enough, and you’re surrounded by luscious leather, authentic wood, and fine brushed metal surfaces. The comfy and well-padded front seats are properly heated and ventilated, and they come with a nice range of power adjustments for maximum comfort.
It’s actually spacious inside and you get lots of nice head and leg room front and back. While taller back seat passengers may not be totally at ease with the limited headroom caused by the panoramic sunroof, at least the seats in the rear recline and even slide. Behind the rear seat, the XT5’s cargo space is impressive and it can hold more cargo than many of its rivals.
Cadillac isn’t really poised to seriously challenge the supremacy of the German brands in the luxury sedan niche, so Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi and Porsche are safe on the leaderboards. But the segment also includes other mid-pack wanna-bes like the Lexus RX350, Range Rover Evoque, and the Lincoln MKX. Against these second stringers, the XT5 shows its obvious superiority. The Cadillac XT5 offers a step up from the previous SRX, but as you pay more for better trims, you may want to check what you’ll get with your money in the German luxury SUVs.
To learn more about Cadillac XT5, visit the official Cadillac website.
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