With its smooth driving character and calmness that matches its stunning looks, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 builds on the success of its predecessor, the SRX. Now in its second year of production, the all-new XT5 only gets minor changes.
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is longer than the SRX and produces more rear legroom, but it’s also lighter and more fuel efficient. On the road, the XT5 is confident and reassuring whether it cruising over a long highway or turns quickly on a winding road. All-wheel drive is optional, but it’s more for bad weather driving than off-road adventure. The available towing package allows the XT5 to pull up to 3,500 pounds.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is a five-passenger compact luxury crossover SUV available in four trim levels: XT5 (base), Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum.
Standard features for the XT5 base include keyless ignition and entry, 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, remote engine start, a power liftgate with height memory, power-adjustable front passenger seats, simulated leather upholstery and a 40/20/20-split folding rear seat with sliding and reclining functionality. All-wheel-drive models have heated front seats.
Tech features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, voice controls, an 8-inch touchscreen, OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot and a 4G LTE data connection, wireless device charging, four USB ports and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio.
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 Luxury trim adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, driver-seat memory settings and leather upholstery. Options features include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a navigation system bundled and 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system. Adding the navigation and Bose bundle also allows replacing the standard halogen headlights with LED lamps.
The Luxury optional Driver Awareness package adds automatic high beams, forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist. The Advanced Security package adds an alarm that senses vehicle movement inside and out, door lock and latch shields, a locking steering column and locking wheel lugs.
The Premium Luxury adds the Driver Awareness package content along with an adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels, interior accent lighting, ventilated front seats, a navigation system and upgraded Bose sound system. Options are three-zone automatic climate control and the Driver Assist package, which include adaptive cruise control, an automatic parking system and an enhanced collision mitigation system.
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 Platinum includes most of the standard and optional features above but also adds unique 20-inch wheels, all-wheel drive, a hands-free power liftgate, upgraded leather upholstery, a rear camera mirror, a head-up display and a top-view camera system. The Advanced Security package is standard, while the Driver Assist package remains optional.
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is standard on the Platinum trim and optional on all trims except for the base. Its capable of sending 100 percent of its power to either the front or rear wheels. Power can be further apportioned to individual wheels, depending on traction needs in ice, snow, rain or other surface conditions.
In performance testing, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 Platinum accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Also standard is an automatic engine stop-start feature, which shut down the engine when the car stop at stoplights to help save fuel. EPA estimated fuel economy at 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) for FWD models and 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) with the all-wheel-drive system.
When equipped with the optional Trailering package, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Inside, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 interior presents a new focus on material quality and design. Although the base model comes with a leatherette surface, most models have a leather seating surface option. High-quality leather options in the Platinum trim feel and look special. Sadly, Cadillac still uses a piano-black trim around the infotainment screen, which highlights the fingerprint.
Every 2018 Cadillac XT5 comes standard with the CUE infotainment system. In earlier versions, this system was difficult to use, but now CUE responds quickly to inputs, although the display can appear cluttered at times, especially when using optional navigation. Luckily, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models and provide a more user-friendly experience.
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is also spacious inside. Normal sized adults will feel roomy sitting in the second row, with plenty of knee and leg room, enough to cross your legs. Although the XT5 size is about the same as its predecessor, the SRX, Cadillac adds 3.2 inches of rear legroom by moving the front and rear wheels closer to the corners. The back headroom is a bit narrow, but you can recline rear seatbacks to get a little extra space. The second row also shifts forward and backward, which is advantageous for legroom or cargo space. The rear seat passengers will also love the two USB ports to charge their device.
Behind the second row, there are 30 cubic feet of better cargo capacity than the Lexus RX 350 or Audi Q5. Folding down the second row extends the cargo space to 63 cubic feet. Elsewhere in storage, the front passenger will find a smart pass-through under the center console. The size fits with a purse or handbag.
Release Date and Price
The entry-level XT5 is priced at $42,185 (prices include the $995 destination fee). The Luxury costing $48,185 or $50,685 when equipped with all-wheel drive. The Premium Luxury trim priced from $54,685 or $57,185 with AWD. The all-wheel-drive exclusive Platinum XT5 starts at $64,985.