2018 Cadillac XT5

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2018 MODEL
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Detailed Review

In 2017, Cadillac compact luxury SUV got a complete makeover. Even the name, the SRX was axed in favor of the new XT5 brand. The 2018 Cadillac XT5 carries over with little change. That means you still get those sharp styling that clearly distinguishes it from its Japanese and German rivals – all at a relatively affordable starting price of $40,595.

Powering the 2018 XT5 is the same 310 hp 3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 mated exclusively to an 8-Speed Automatic. While the power is abundant, it’s not delivered in an exciting manner. If you need excitement, spend more and get the X5. Environmentalists will also have to look Lexus way for a hybrid powertrain.

With a starting price of $40,595, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 is one of the most competitively priced luxury SUV. For 2018, AWD is available on all trims (even the base trim) for $4000 over the FWD model. However, the engine and transmission remain same irrespective of the model you choose.


7.9/10
Features

 

6.7/10
Engine

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.8/10
Interior

 

6.7/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 carries over with little change. That means you still get that sharp styling which clearly distinguishes it from its Japanese and German rivals – all at a relatively affordable starting price of $40,595.Powering the 2018 XT5 is the same 310 hp 3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 mated exclusively to an 8-Speed Automatic. This isn't a bad thing as this engine was a potent performer previously as well and GM didn't want to fiddle with this configuration.

2018 Cadillac XT5 Features

7.9/10

With a starting price of $40,595, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 is one of the most competitively priced luxury SUV. For 2018, AWD is available on all trims (even the base trim) for $4000 over the FWD model. However, the engine and transmission remain same irrespective of the model you choose.

Trims Standard Luxury Premium Luxury Platinum
MSRP (FWD) $40,595 $46,595 $53,095 N/A
MSRP (AWD) $44,590 $50,090 $56,590 $63,395
Features
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Cadillac user experience 
  • 8-way adjustable front driver seat
  • Power-tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Rear Park Assist
  • 18-inch multi-spoke aluminum wheels with Blade Silver painted finish
  • Bose 8-speaker premium audio system
  • Power Sunroof
  • Heated Leather seating surfaces for driver and front passenger 
  • 18" bright machined aluminum wheels
  • Memory presets for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Heated outside mirrors with driver-side auto dimming
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Cargo Management System with adjustable cargo fence and retractable cargo shade
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Bose 14-speaker Studio Surround Sound System
  • Active Damping Suspension
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control with heated rear outboard seats
  • LED Headlamps, front park and cornering, with IntelliBeam
  • 20-inch Sterling Silver painted finish aluminum wheels
  • All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • 8-inch Reconfigurable Gauge Cluster
  • Semi-Aniline full-leather seats
  • 20-inch 12-spoke fully polished aluminum wheels
  • Leather-wrapped instrument panel, door trim and armrest
  • Reconfigurable 8″ color Gauge Cluster
  • Heads-Up Display
  • Surround Vision
  • Hands-free Liftgate

Too many to choose from? We help you find the best trim

While base XT5 is decently equipped, the XT5 Luxury brings amenities like real leather upholstery and sunroof befitting the premium badge and this is the trim we recommend. While higher trims pack more equipment, their asking price creep closer to better products including some German rivals.

2018 Cadillac XT5 Engine

6.7/10

“The XT5 delivers a confident and reassuring driving experience when it comes to the way it steers, grips the road and brakes to a stop. It’s not terribly quick, but the engine and transmission deliver enough sauce to get the job done. But those with a heavy right foot may disagree.” – Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Under the hood of this new Cadillac SUV lies a 310 hp 3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 mated exclusively with an 8-Speed Automatic. The engine delivers abundant and effortless performance for any driving situation. However it’s never as exciting as some of the rivals. Also, there is no optional go-faster engine for the 2018 Cadillac XT5.

Models Cadillac XT5 (Standard) BMW X5 (sDrive 35i) Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Lexus RX 350
MSRP $40,595 $57,200 $39,035 $43,270
Engine 3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

 

 

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 310 hp 302 hp 303 hp 295 hp
Torque 271 lb-ft. 295 lb-ft 378 lb-ft 267 lb-ft.

The 8-Speed Automatic shuffles the engine torque smoothly and it’s willing to downshift a gear when you desire acceleration. Also, since the XT5 has a naturally aspirated engine, you get quick response to throttle inputs.

Acceleration

The Cadillac XT5 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. That may not translate to a neck-snapping acceleration but this Cadillac Crossover is engineered to munch miles in a fast and relaxed manner. If you desire a more fun-to-drive luxury SUV, checkout the BMW X5.

Models Cadillac XT5 (Standard) BMW X5 (sDrive35i) Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Lexus RX 350
0-60 MPH 6.6 sec 6.1 sec 6.3 sec 6.8 sec
Quarter mile 15.1 sec @ 92.6 mph 14.2 sec @ 95.3 mph 14.7 sec @ 94 mph 15.1 sec @ 92.7 mph
Engine 3.6L 3.0L 3.7L 3.5L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.0 8.4 8.8 7.7

Ride and Handling

The Cadillac XT5 steering and suspension is tuned to give a firm but pliant ride and confident inspiring handling. The XT5 maintains rock solid composure at high speeds and the supple suspension keeps the harshness and noise at bay. The precise steering means you can actually have fun with this caddy. However, steering lacks any feel and if you are looking for engagement, this caddy isn't one of the ones to look upto.

Braking

The Cadillac XT5 gets 13.4-inch brake rotors up front and 12.4-inch rotors at the back. Despite weighing the least among cars compared here, The XTS takes a lengthy 128 feet to stop from 60 mph. That’s just 1-feet less than the worst performer BMW X5. The Lincoln MKX posts a stellar 119 feet 60 mph to 0 braking distance.

Model Cadillac XT5 (Standard) BMW X5 (sDrive 35i) Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Lexus RX 350
Brake Front(in) 13.6 13.7 12.8 13.3
Brake Rear(in) 12.4 12.6 13.0 12.9
Curb weight(lbs) 3985 4625 4168 4222
60-0 MPH (ft.) 128 129 119 123

Towing Capacity

The Cadillac XT5 is rated to tow 3500 pounds whether you choose FWD or AWD. It is enough for most of the luxury SUV buyers and the rivals like RX350 and Lincoln MKX offer similar towing capacity. While the BMW X5 can pull the greatest at 5952 pounds, it’s considerably more expensive.

Model Cadillac XT5 (Standard) BMW X5 (sDrive 35i) Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Lexus RX 350
Weight (lbs) 3500 5952 3500 3500
Drive Train FWD RWD FWD AWD
Engine 3.6L 3.0L 3.7L 3.5L

2018 Cadillac XT5 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

“The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is thrifty, given its power.” – Carconnection

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 with FWD drivetrain delivers 19 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highway. That’s impressive considering the power this Cadillac small SUV has in reserve. Optioning the AWD only has a marginal 1 mpg impact on city mpg figure. Also, the XT5 uses cheaper regular fuel instead of the premium fuel that’s recommended for the rivals.

Model Cadillac XT5 (Standard) BMW X5 (sDrive 35i) Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Lexus RX 350
MPG (city) 19 18 17 20
MPG (highway) 26 25 25 27
MPG (combined) 22 21 20 23

2018 Cadillac XT5 Interior

6.8/10

“It looks nice and modern at first glance, but the styling priorities reduce control simplicity and compromise outward visibility. And while the XT5 offers generous head- and legroom up front, it does not feel all that spacious across the width of the cabin, particularly at the elbows.” – Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Cadillac XT5 interior remains pleasantly modern and upscale despite the price difference between the base Cadillac XT5 and the top end Cadillac XT5 Platinum. The major difference is, while the base XT5 get leatherette upholstery, the XT5 Luxury and XT Platinum upgrades to the real leather. The top end XT5 platinum splurges to even more exquisite semi-aniline leather.

Model Cadillac XT5 (Standard) BMW X5 (sDrive 35i) Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Lexus RX 350
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 104.5 N/A 108.3 121.36
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

 

38.4/58.3/41.2 40.5/61.5/40.4 39.9/58.9/42.8 39.4/57.8/44.1
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

 

36.0/56.2/39.5 38.8/60/36.6 39.2/59/39.6 39.1/57.6/38

The spacious front power adjustable seats provide excellent support and this combined with the superb sound deadening to make this a capable long-distance liner. However, while the rear seats provide excellent legroom and headroom, they are narrow. Other than that, the cabin is well appointed and fits the luxury badge.

Cargo Capacity

With all seats up, the offers 30 cubic feet of luggage capacity. While that’s twice the size of the RX350 minuscule boot, competitors like BMW X5 and Lincoln MKX offer bigger boot. However, the XT5 does have a trick hidden storage space beneath the false floor. Folding the 40/20/40 split seats reveal 63 cubic feet of luggage space.

Model Cadillac XT5 (Standard) BMW X5 (sDrive 35i) Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Lexus RX 350
Behind 2ndRow(ft.cube) 30.0 35.8 37.2 18.4
With All Seats folded (ft.cube) 63.0 76.7 68.8 56.3

Infotainment System

All XT5's get an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration as Standard. Audiophiles will be happy to know that an 8-speaker Bose Audio system is standard. For satisfying the Technocrat inside of you, Cadillac is offering the XT5 with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot as Standard as well to keep you connected  with the Internet world on the move as well.

2018 Cadillac XT5 Exterior

6.7/10

“In a sea of me-too lookalike SUVs with massive gaping grilles, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 stands out with a crisp and clean set of lines, hard-edged elegance and a hint of wedge in its shape.” – Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

At 3985 pounds, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 is the lightest competitor here. And at 189.5 inches, it’s the shortest too. Compared to its predecessor, the Cadillac SRX, the Cadillac XT5 gets much sharper design details and it will be a respite to those bored with the ubiquitous Japanese rivals and the ever more homogeneously designed German rivals.

Model Cadillac XT5 (Standard) BMW X5 (sDrive 35i) Lincoln MKX (Premiere) Lexus RX 350
Curb weight(lbs) 3985 4625 4168 4222
Length(in) 189.5 193.2 190.0 192.5
Width(in) 75.0 76.3 76.1 74.6
Height(in) 66.0 69.4 66.2 67.7
GroundClearance(in) 7.8 8.3 7.8 8.2
Wheelbase(in) 112.5 115.5 112.2 109.8
Track width(in) F/R 64.4/64.4 64.6/64.8 64.8/64.7 64.4/64

2018 Cadillac XT5 Safety

8.1/10

The Cadillac XT5 gets advanced active safety features and driver assistance system bundled in two packages. The Driver Awareness Package includes:

  • Forward-Collision Alert
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Automated Emergency Braking
  • Automatic High-Beam Headlamps

The Driver Awareness Package costs $770 in XT5 Luxury and is standard on XT5 Premium Luxury. The Driver Assistance Package includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
  • Automatic Parking Assist
  • Forward Automatic Braking
  • Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking

Driver Assistance Package costs $1595 in XT5 Premium Luxury and top end XT Platinum.

NHTSA Safety Rating

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 has received 4-star crash test rating from NHTSA. That’s not the best possible rating but still impressive.

Overall rating 4 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Overall 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings Front Seats 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings Rear Seats 5 Star
Rollover 4 Star

While 2018 Cadillac XT5 has performed well in IIHS crash tests, it has not received Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + rating.

IIHS Ratings  
Small Overlap Front Driver side Good
Small Overlap Front Passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

2018 Cadillac XT5 Competition

Cadillac XT5 vs. BMW X5

The BMW X5 is priced much higher than the Cadillac XT5. However, it allows you to choose from an array of much more powerful engines including the wicked X5M. It’s German so exceptional build quality is a given. And it’s a BMW so you can also expect entertaini9ng handling.

Cadillac XT5 vs. Lincoln MKX

The Lincoln MKX is at the end of its lifespan with an all-new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus taking its place. Still, the MKX makes a decent case for itself with a lower than the XT5 price tag, peppy engine and well-appointed spacious interior.

Cadillac XT5 vs. Lexus RX 350

The Lexus RX is one of the most cossetting luxury midsize SUV on the market and comes loaded with plenty of advanced driver assistance systems as standard. You also get the build quality and reliability of Lexus. However, it’s pricier than the Cadillac XT5.

2018 Cadillac XT5 Final Verdict

The new Cadillac XT5 is a genuine alternative to some of the more expensive German and Japanese rivals with its upscale and luxuriously appointed interior and abundant power in reserve. It will also stand out in the parking lot with its crisply designed exterior drawing plenty of inspiration from the Cadillacs of the 60s.

However, it’s not without caveats. The engine lacks outright performance to match the rivals like the BMW X5. Also, while the interior is full of interesting details, some may find it cluttered. There is no hybrid powertrain on offer too. Still, if you want a luxurious vehicle with a luxury brand at a relatively affordable price, the Cadillac XT5 will impress.

Pros

Base model competently priced for a luxury SUV

Smooth V6 engine

Excellent sound deadening

Fuel efficiency

Cons

Top end models are exorbitantly priced

Busy interior layout

Powertrain lacks enthusiasm

What's New?

All 2018 Cadillac XT5 gets optional All-Wheel Drive

New automatic heated steering wheel


Features



Styles

 2018 Cadillac XT5 in Radiant Silver Metallic color  2018 Cadillac XT5 in Dark Granite Metallic color  2018 Cadillac XT5 in Deep Amethyst Metallic color  2018 Cadillac XT5 in Crystal White Tricoat color  2018 Cadillac XT5 in Bronze Dune Metallic color
Radiant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

6.7

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.8

Exterior

6.7

Safety

8.1

Comfort

7.8

Driving

8.3

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Cadillac XT5 4dr SUV

4dr SUV

power
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$39,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,995 MSRP (19/22/26) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Bronze Dune Metallic
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Deep Amethyst Metallic
  Dark Granite Metallic
  Radiant Silver Metallic

 2018 Cadillac XT5 4dr SUV AWD

4dr SUV AWD

power
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$42,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,995 MSRP (18/21/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Bronze Dune Metallic
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Deep Amethyst Metallic
  Dark Granite Metallic
  Radiant Silver Metallic

 2018 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

Luxury

power
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$45,995 - $48,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $45,995 MSRP (19/22/26) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Bronze Dune Metallic
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Deep Amethyst Metallic
  Dark Granite Metallic
  Radiant Silver Metallic
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $48,495 MSRP (18/21/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Bronze Dune Metallic
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Deep Amethyst Metallic
  Dark Granite Metallic
  Radiant Silver Metallic

 2018 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$52,495 - $54,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $52,495 MSRP (19/22/26) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Bronze Dune Metallic
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Deep Amethyst Metallic
  Dark Granite Metallic
  Radiant Silver Metallic
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $54,995 MSRP (18/21/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Bronze Dune Metallic
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Deep Amethyst Metallic
  Dark Granite Metallic
  Radiant Silver Metallic

 2018 Cadillac XT5 Platinum

Platinum

power
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$62,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $62,995 MSRP (18/21/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Bronze Dune Metallic
  Crystal White Tricoat
  Deep Amethyst Metallic
  Dark Granite Metallic
  Radiant Silver Metallic

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