The Cadillac The XT5 faces formidable competition in the compact luxury SUV segment loaded with stunning performers such as Mercedes-AMG GLC-class and Porsche Macan. This two-dozen-plus strong class also has a large number of luxury boats – tranquil transporters such as Volvo XC60 and Genesis GV70. The XT5 is powered by a turbocharged or naturally aspirated transverse V-6 with front- or all-wheel drive. And while it has a really quiet cabin and one of the most competitive cargo capacities in its class, the interior furnishings aren’t as exciting, sophisticated, or luxurious as those of the competition. Cadillac didn’t take advantage of the XT5’s compact proportions either; its driving dynamics are dull and its engines are not exciting. In isolation, the Caddy seems pleasant enough. But in a class filled with overachievers, he just can’t compete. Of the more than two dozen entries in this segment, we put the XT5 dead last.
What’s new in 2023?
For the 2023 model year, the Cadillac XT5 has only minor changes. Three of the eight available paint colors are new this year. Premium Luxury and Sport models now also come with built-in navigation and a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system.
Pricing and which one to buy
The mid-level Premium Luxury model is the best value for money. It comes with leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, hands-free liftgate, wireless charging and more. We’d go for the more powerful optional V-6 engine, but stick with front-wheel drive. All wheel drive is available if you want it.
Engine, transmission and performance
XT5 standard turbocharged four-cylinder is 235 horsepower, and the optional V-6 produces 310 ponies. With neither engine can it match performance-oriented rivals like the 340-hp Porsche Macan S. However, the Caddy’s performance compares favorably to less aggressive models such as the Lexus RX350 and Volvo XC60. In everyday, light-footed operation, we found the V-6 Cadillac to be impressively quiet and well-isolated from the cabin. However, under heavy throttle, the voice of the larger engine makes itself known unflatteringly. Hit a twisty road and the XT5 will handle it with confidence, although the hairs on the back of your neck won’t stand on end even though it’s equipped with the optional adaptive suspension. Body roll is well controlled and the XT5 feels solid and solid, which is especially comfortable on long trails. However, on uneven sections of broken pavement, you can feel a tremor, and sharp shocks are reflected in the cabin. The steering is precise but lacks internal feedback – another missed opportunity to appeal to enthusiast drivers.
Fuel economy and real mpg
The front-drive XT5 with its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine is EPA-estimated at 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. Stepping up to the V-6 drops mpg to 19 city, 26 highway and 21 combined. On both models, the addition of optional all-wheel drive lowers those ratings a bit – a small trade-off for added confidence in bad weather. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, the all-wheel-drive XT5 with the V-6 engine returned 23 mpg, while the front-wheel-drive, turbocharged four-cylinder model returned 29 mpg. For more information on XT5 fuel economy, visit EPA website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Passenger space is acceptable, but the rooms are not as luxurious as they should be in a modern Cadillac. The materials used throughout the XT5’s interior look premium when viewed individually, but when viewed as a whole, the result is a design that feels unfocused. The layout of the interior is good, and the driving position is pleasant. One area where the XT5 excels is practicality. Above-average cargo space, plenty of small-item containers, and an easy-to-fold rear seat make this Caddy the king of trucks. The XT5’s cargo area held an impressive 10 cases with the rear seat. When folded, we fit 24 pieces of hand luggage.
Infotainment system and communication
All XT5 models come with good connectivity right out of the gate, with standard benefits such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The CUE infotainment system offers intuitive controls, including a rotary controller and voice recognition. Built-in navigation is also standard on Premium Luxury and Sport models, as is a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series audio system. There are four USB ports located throughout the cabin for charging mobile devices, and a wireless inductive phone charging pad is available between the two front seats.
Safety features and driver assistance
Unfortunately, those who appreciate driver assistance functions such as blind spot monitoring, they will waste money. For information on XT5 crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute of Road Safety (IIHS) websites. Key security features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control is available
- Lane Keeping Assist is available
Warranty and maintenance
Cadillac’s standard warranty matches or exceeds that of most XT5 competitors. Caddy also offers free scheduled maintenance, but it only covers the first visit, which is less than the three years or 36,000 miles that Volvo covers.
- The limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- The transmission is warrantied for 6 years or 70,000 miles
- Free scheduled maintenance is paid at the first visit
2020 Cadillac XT5 350T
front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-seat, 4-door station wagon
PRICE ACCORDING TO TESTING
$63,115 (base price: $45,090)
turbocharged intercooled DOHC, 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
122 inches31998 cm3
237 hp. at 5000 rpm
258 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm
Suspension (F/R): Strut/Multilink
Brakes (front/right): 13.6-inch ventilated disc/12.4-inch ventilated disc
Tires: Michelin Premier LTX, 235/55R-20 102H M+S TPC SPEC 1493MS
Wheelbase: 112.5 inches
Length: 189.6 inches
Width: 75.0 inches
Height: 66.1 inches
Passenger volume: 104 feet3
Cargo volume: 30 feet3
Curb weight: 4,106 lbs
C/D EXAMINATION RESULTS
Spread, 1ft: 0.4 sec
60 mph: 7.6 sec
100 mph: 23.1 sec
120 mph: 46.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 6.1 sec
1/4 mile: 16.0 sec at 87 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 feet
Road resistance, 300 feet in diameter: 0.82 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 20 mpg
Highway driving at 75 mph: 29 mpg
Highway distance: 560 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 24/21/28 mpg