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2019 Cadillac XT5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Considering the rising popularity of Compact SUV’s in the market and with major brands, bringing in their cars in this space, Cadillac was quick to respond with its XT5 SUV. The Cadillac XT5 maybe compact in proportions but has all the features, one would associate from a Cadillac.

Available with just a 3.6L V6 motor, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 can be had in both FWD and AWD configurations. Power and torque outputs are rated at 310hp and 271lbs.-ft. While the combined MPG figures stand at a healthy 22MPG. Important additions to the 2019 model when compared to the 2018 model includes the addition of safety features as standard on the SUV and an updated Wireless Charging system with faster charging ability and bigger charging pad.

Available in 4 trims-Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 starts from $42,690 for the base FWD Standard trim and goes over $66,890 for the top of the line AWD Platinum trim.

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Pros

Pleasant Ride Quality

Cavernous Interiors

Feature loaded Infotainment System

Segment Leading Seating Comfort

Cons

Lack of Engine Options

Clumsy Infotainment System to use

Small Windows

What's New?

Added Standard Safety Features

Updated Wireless Charging pad


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

217 cu. in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

271 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

189.5 in.

width

75 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

3985 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

36 cu ft.

cargo volume

37.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

504.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 Cadillac XT5 in Dark Granite Metallic color  2019 Cadillac XT5 in Dark Mocha Metallic color  2019 Cadillac XT5 in Harbor Blue Metallic color  2019 Cadillac XT5 in Red Horizon Tintcoat color  2019 Cadillac XT5 in Stellar Black Metallic color
Dark Granite Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

7.8

Interior

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Cadillac XT5 base

base

power
310 hp @ 6700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$41,695 - $44,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,695 MSRP (19 mpg/22/26 mpg) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm3.6V-6regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,695 MSRP (18 mpg/21/25 mpg) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm3.6V-6regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

Luxury

power
310 hp @ 6700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$48,495 - $50,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $48,495 MSRP (19 mpg/22/26 mpg) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm3.6V-6regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $50,995 MSRP (18 mpg/21/25 mpg) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm3.6V-6regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
310 hp @ 6700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$54,195 - $56,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $54,195 MSRP (19 mpg/22/26 mpg) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm3.6V-6regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $56,695 MSRP (18 mpg/21/25 mpg) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm3.6V-6regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac XT5 Platinum

Platinum

power
310 hp @ 6700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21

$65,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $65,895 MSRP (18 mpg/21/25 mpg) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm3.6V-6regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

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MPG: 21 mpg combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.5

Overall Rating


Important additions to the 2019 Cadillac XT5 when compared to the 2018 model includes the addition of safety features as standard on the SUV and an updated Wireless Charging system with faster charging ability and bigger charging pad.


7.8/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Cadillac XT5 Features

7.8/10

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 comes in a total of 4 trims-Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum. The Platinum is the top of the line trim and comes in only AWD and gets all the bells and whistles that you expect from a Cadillac.

Trims

Standard

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$42,690

$49,490

$55,190

-

MSRP (AWD)

$45,690

$51,990

$57,690

$66,890

Features

Premium Care maintenance package

Adds/Upgrades to “Standard”

Adds/Upgrades to “Luxury”

Adds/Upgrades to “Premium Luxury”

 

Bose 8 Speaker Audio System

Heated Steering Wheel

Bose 14 Speaker Studio Sound System

Heads Up Display

 

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, OnSpot and Cadillac Connected services

Memory and Driver Awareness Package

Cadillac User Experience with Navigation

8” Configurable Instrument Gauge Cluster

 

Remote Start

Wireless Charging

Ventilated Front Seats

20” Fully Polished Aluminum Wheels

 

Keyless Open

Power Sunroof

LED Headlamps

 
 

Power Liftgate

Front and Rear Parking Sensors

Tri-Zone Climate Control with Heated Rear Outboard Seats

Hands-Free power lift gate

 

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

Illuminated Front Sill Plates

   
 

4 Wheel Independent Suspension

Performance Suspension

Surround Vision

 
 

Rear Camera Mirror

     

Trim to choose

The Premium Luxury trim offers a lot of premium features for the price its being sold at and that’s why we think, its the best one to go for.

2019 Cadillac XT5 Engine

7.8/10

“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

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 comes powered by the same 3.6L V6 motor that pushes out 310hp and 271lbs.-ft of Torque. The Motor is the most powerful and the most torque rich among its rivals. What comes as a surprise is the fact that power delivery linear for most of the part and the V6 makes a great noise when revved hard. The transmission duties are performed by a 8 speed automatic gearbox that is good in responsiveness and offers very little lag or jerks while shifting through gears.

Models

Cadillac XT5

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

MSRP

$42,690

$41,795

$44,595

$45,295

Engine

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Transmission

8 Speed Auto

9 Speed Auto

8 Speed Auto

9 Speed Auto

Power

310hp

305hp

295hp

290hp

Torque

271lbs.-ft.

269lbs.-ft.

268lbs.-ft.

267lbs.-ft

Speaking of rivals, the Torque output of all the vehicles in this comparison are nearly the same. In terms of power however, the Cadillac leads the pack while the Chevy Blazer comes in a close second. The Lexus and the Acura are 3rd and 4th in the list with not much difference between the two.

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)

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

0-60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

15.1 sec

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

14.8

Engine

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

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

8.0

8.4

7.7

8.4

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.

Seat comfort has been given a top priority by the engineers at Cadillac and the customers will reap the fruits of the same. The seats offer tremendous bolstering and mile munching on these is a no compromise affair for most part. The suspension does well in absorbing whatever is thrown in front of it.

Braking

The Cadillac XT5 gets 13.6 inch brake rotors up front and 12.4-inch rotors at the back. Couple to that, a curb weight of 4257lbs. And what you have on your hands is a bulky vehicle that stops from 60 MPH to 0, the slowest among its rivals. What is astounding is the fact that the 128ft. Stopping distance is better than some of the hatchbacks and sedans on sale right now and the brakes offer good byte and feel overall.

Model

Cadillac XT5 (Standard)

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Brake Front(in)

13.6

12.6

13.3

12.6

Brake Rear(in)

12.4

12.4

12.9

13

Curb weight(lbs)

4257

4007

4222

4032

60-0 MPH (ft.)

128

126

123

116

Speaking of rivals, it’s the 2019 Acura MDX that performs the best against everyone. The Lexus RX350 and the Chevrolet Blazer RS come 2nd and 3rd and fall short of the Acura by quite some margin. The Cadillac comes 4th in this comparison but unlike the other 2, the Cadillac doesn’t fall short as much as the other 2 from the Acura.

Towing Capacity

The Cadillac XT5 is rated to tow 3500 pounds whether you choose FWD or AWD. This is more or less what the other SUV’s offer in the segment as well. The best towing capacity is offered by the Cadillac’s cousin, the Chevy Blazer RS while all the others offer the exact same amount.

Model

Cadillac XT5 (Standard)

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Weight (lbs)

3500

4500

3500

3500

2019 Cadillac XT5 Fuel Economy

The 2019 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)

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

MPG (city)

19

20

20

20

MPG (highway)

26

26

27

27

MPG (combined)

22

22

23

23

2019 Cadillac XT5 Interior

7.5/10

“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)

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.4/58.3/41.2

36.0/56.2/39.5

39.4/57.8/44.1

38.1/61.1/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.0/56.2/39.5

38.6/58.6/39.6

39.1/57.6/38

38.3/59.1/36.6

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 2019 Cadillac XT5 offers a massive 30.0 cu. ft. of space. This makes it one of the most practical SUV’s in the segment. The only SUV that out shadows the Cadillac is the Chevy Blazer RS that offers just an extra 0.5 cu. ft. of space.

Model

Cadillac XT5 (Standard)

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

30.0

30.5

18.4

15

Interior Features

These are few of the highlights of the interiors of the 2019 Cadillac XT5

  • Automatic Heated Steering Wheel
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 2 Way Powered Lumbar adjust front seats
  • Front Bucket Seats
  • Heads Up display
  • Heated Front Passenger Seats and Rear Outboard Seats
  • Inside Auto Dimming RVM
  • Lighting Accents

Infotainment System

As with all GM cars, the Cadillac XT5 boasts of a plethora of features on the infotainment front. One thing that we noticed is the fact that the system isn’t the most intuitive or easy to use and takes some getting used to as well. These are some of the features of the infotainment system of the 2019 XT5

  • 8” Driver Information System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Bose 14 Speaker Surround Sound System
  • Cadillac Connected Access with 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and OnStar services
  • Cadillac User Experience with Navigation and Compass
  • SiriusXM Radio Trial, USB Ports (4+2 Auxiliary Power Outlets), universal Home Remote
  • Wireless Charging

2019 Cadillac XT5 Exterior

“In a sea of me-too lookalike SUV’s with massive gaping grilles, the 2019 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 2019 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)

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Curb weight(lbs)

3985

4043

4222

4032

Length(in)

189.5

191.4

192.5

196.2

Width(in)

75

76.7

74.6

77.7

Height(in)

66

67

67.7

67.4

Ground clearance(in)

N/A

7.4

8.2

7.3

Wheelbase(in)

112.5

112.7

109.8

111.0

Exterior Features

These are few of highlights of the 2019 Cadillac XT5 on the outside

  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Surround Vision Camera
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Powered Sunroof
  • Hands Free Power Lift Gate
  • Keyless Open and Remote Start

2019 Cadillac XT5 Safety

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

NHTSA Safety Rating

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 has received 4-star crash test rating from NHTSA. That’s not the best possible rating but still impressive.

IIHS Safety rating

While 2019 Cadillac XT5 has performed well in IIHS crash tests, it has not received Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick rating

2019 Cadillac XT5 Competition

Cadillac XT5 vs. Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is probably, one of the most sportiest Compact Luxury SUV’s in the market right now. It offers better performance, MPG figures and braking ability than the Caddy. What favors the Acura’s build quality, which we find to be slightly better than the Cadillac on both the outside and on the Inside. However, the Cadillac is a more practical SUV than the Acura considering its massive Cargo Capacity and plethora of features on offer. The Cadillac is prices nearly $3,000 less than the Acura as well and for that price difference, we would lean our recommendation towards the Cadillac.

Cadillac XT5 vs. Chevrolet Blazer RS

The Chevrolet Blazer RS is the performance version of the standard Blazer and comes with an engine that is equally as powerful as the XT5. What differentiates the 2 are the prices and outright performance. The Chevy does justice to its RS tag by offering powerful engine, sporty performance and outstanding looks. Though the Cadillac is more suited to Luxury seeking people, the Chevy seems to be a better buy considering the lower price and similar features.

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, with it’s higher asking price and slightly lower performance, the Cadillac feels the better bet of the two.

2019 Cadillac XT5 Final Verdict

The new Cadillac XT5 is a veritable option in contrast to a portion of the more costly American and Japanese rivals with its upscale and extravagantly laid interiors and a mighty powerful motor. It will likewise emerge in the parking garage with its fresh designed exteriors that gains a lot of motivation from the Cadillacs of the 60s.

Be that as it may, it's not without its own cons. The infotainment system is loaded with features but isn’t the most easy unit to use. The power train options are limited as well. All things considered, in the event that you need a sumptuous vehicle with an extravagance brand at a moderately reasonable value, the Cadillac XT5 is one of the best that you can spend your money on.