The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is Cadillac’s answer to the likes of the very impressive Volvo XC60 and the equally competent Audi Q5, the new Infiniti QX50 and least we forget about the family favorite from Lexus’s RX350. The competition in this Mid-Sized Premium segment is fierce as sense and sensibility plays a big role in the decision making process. Does Cadillac have what it takes to be a serious contender with its all new XT5? We shall see.
2018 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD Review
The XT5 is a quintessential Cadillac at first glimpse. The edgy design cue resembles much of the signature lines we have come to expect from its elder sibling, the Escalade, but you can also see further family resemblances of its cousin’s design cues such as the CTS’s and the ATS’s. On the inside the dashboard is fresh and seems to be taken from the CT6, it is quite free of buttons as most of the functions are accessed from the touch screen monitor, which unfortunately attracts fingerprints like honey does to bees. But the best price of interior design innovation would probably be its cell phone storage, it’s a slot which is located below the center arm rest console lid. The cell phone is hidden from view but gets easy access.
The engine is the same 3.6L V6 that powers the ATS and the CTS sedans. The 310Hp is quite adequate but feels a bit confused at times. The integrates start/stop feature cuts off the engine when you come to a stop is good at keeping you burning off natural resources for nothing but does not come with a kill switch as other cars do, I did not like that. When it comes to fuel savings, the XT5’s V6 comes with two steps; the start/stop function and cylinder deactivation, 2 cylinder are deactivated under cruise and we achieved 9.2L/100kms which is comparable to a 4 cylinder engine.
Other than the small nuisance mentioned above, at least for me, the XT5 was great in everything else. The ride felt plus yet firm even though we had 20 inch shoes on. The interior is draped in smooth leather and carbon fiber trim and alcanatra linings which converges on to the dashboard of our platinum trim. The analog and digital dashboard is well laid out and the thick steering wheel from the CT6 was a delight to hold though slightly stiff but it was not stiff enough to warrant a thought. The XT5 also gets the CT6’s integrated LCD rear view mirror with rear camera feed. It extends the range of view by double and works great at night, leagues ahead of the back-up camera which is blurry and practically ancient and is used for all vehicles throughout the range of Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac’s range. I don’t know why they cannot switch over to the new camera, a switch over would be like upgrading from VHS to DVD.
So who would want to get the XT5? The choice available these days on each segment are immense and the same goes here. The competition is fierce as each one of them are great and it is hard these days when most of the manufacturers at this price point are at the same level of playing field. It boils down to price and whether you are happy with a four cylinder forced induction or prefer the linear acceleration of a naturally aspirated V6 such as the XT5. The XT5 to me feels a bit old school but I like that. Sometimes too much of tech deters away from driving experience. The AWD system is sophisticated enough to transfer 100% of torque to either front or rear axles under load and this is fantastic. We all love driving aids but sometimes we do not want to be have our hands held. That’s why old school, at least for me, is good.
Price of the XT5 starts at AED 179,550 and goes up to AED 256,200 for the Platinum trim we tested out. Prices are inclusive of VAT and now comes with 4 years / 100,000 kms service package and 4 years road side assistance and 4 years / 100,000 kms Warranty inclusive.
So the cost of ownership is only limited to Salik, petrol and insurance and registration for the next 4 year. A very tight little package from a tight SUV.
Price and Specs: 2018 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD Review
|2018 CADILLAC XT5 PLATINUM|
|Displacement||3.6L V6, FWD/AWD|
|Gearbox||8 Speed Automatic|
|Rated Output||310 Hp @ 6800 rpm|
|Rated Torque||366 Nm @ 5000 rpm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.6 seconds claimed|
|Fuel Consumption||9.2L/100KMS Combined as tested|
|Price (AED)||Starts from AED 179,550|
|As tested 256,200|
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