The Cadillac XT5 is the luxury brand's compact crossover. This is its fourth model year; in 2017 it replaced the SRX, adopting the company's new naming convention for utility models and is bracketed by the smaller XT4 and larger XT6.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
For 2020, the XT5 receives refreshed styling (including standard LED headlights that were optional last year), and a nine-speed transmission to replace last year's eight-speed.
The XT5 also gets revised trim level offerings, with the Luxury package becoming the new base model. Premium Luxury trim and a new-for-2020 Sport both build on Luxury, adhering to Cadillac's "Y" trim strategy.
Sport brings a new twin-clutch rear differential that can brake the inside rear wheel in corners to improve handling.
Cadillac has also revised its CUE infotainment system, adding a rotary control dial.
As outlined above, XT5's trims are Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. Luxury and Premium Luxury use a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine. A 3.6L V6 is optional in Premium Luxury and standard in Sport. Both engines are standard with a nine-speed transmission. AWD is optional in Luxury trim and standard in Premium Luxury and Sport.
Luxury trim's exterior kit includes 18-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, brushed aluminum roof rails, front cornering lights, passive keyless entry, intermittent front wipers, and a power tailgate.
Inside, the XT5 comes with electric front seat adjustments, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an eight-speaker stereo, cruise control, a colour driver info display, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power steering column adjustments, remove engine start, leatherette upholstery, satellite radio, and an integrated garage door opener.
Among the XT5's standard safety features are an electric parking brake, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, a rear-seat reminder, and tire pressure monitoring.
Premium Luxury trim adds an anti-theft alarm, power-folding side mirrors, a hands-free tailgate, lighted door handles, a sunroof, front seat lumbar adjustments, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind spot monitoring with lane change and rear cross traffic alerts, interior accent lighting, driver seat memory, cargo management and retractable cargo cover, leather upholstery, and wireless smartphone charging.
Sport also builds on Luxury trim, adding most of the same extras as Premium Luxury, but differing with 20-inch wheels, body-coloured door handles, and black roof rails.
Premium Luxury can be optioned with 20-inch wheels.
A Driver Assist package for Premium Luxury and Sport adds adaptive cruise control with enhanced forward emergency braking and rear automatic braking.
An Enhanced Visibility package for Premium Luxury and Sport brings an 8.0-inch driver info display, a head-up display, a camera-based rearview mirror, surround vision cameras, rear pedestrian alert, and automatic parking assist.
The same uplevel trims can add a Platinum package off semi-aniline leather upholstery, leather-trimmed dash and doors, a suede headliner, chassis damping control, performance suspension, and special interior trim configurations.
Cadillac's fuel consumption estimates for the XT5 are 11.0/8.3 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L engine and front-wheel drive, and 11.2/8.9 L/100 km with AWD. The Sport, with its 3.6L V6 and AWD, is rated for 13.4/9.4 L/100 km (city/highway).
The Cadillac XT5 competes in a broad field of upscale crossovers. From Germany come the BMW X3, Audi's Q5, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Sweden's Volvo sends the XC60. America's other contributions are the Lincoln Corsair and the Buick Envision. From Japan come the Acura RDX, Lexus's NX, and the Infiniti QX50.
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