New for 2017, the Cadillac XT5 boasts a captivating exterior profile. Its fresh look results from its jewel-shaped headlamps, sculpted lines and its unique wheel location—for the XT5 Cadillac pushed the wheels to the four corners of the vehicle, creating more interior room.
Cadillac didn’t sacrifice function for form. Located on the front and rear edges, the available LED lights with cornering lamps give you a better range of vision on your night excursions. If your aim is to make a dramatic statement the available 20-inch wheels are perfect for you. Not only do they bolster the SUV’s aggressive stance, they increase its strength.
The trademark styling of Cadillac continues in the XT5’s interior. The driver seat resembles a cockpit with all the controls within arm’s reach. This wasn’t by accident, as every design element of the XT5’s interior conforms to your needs. You’ll notice pockets in the front and rear seating areas, where you can store items in a secure manner during your transports.
One of the centerpieces of the interior is its versatile storage solutions. With the available rear sliding seat, you can move it forward to create more cargo space; if you want more passenger legroom, slide it back. The seats also fold down for when you need to maximize space to transport larger items. All told, the XT5 possesses the best-in-class legroom for front and rear seat passengers thanks to its intelligent design.
Moving onto performance, the Cadillac XT5 comes equipped with some of the most innovative performance features available. To achieve maximum efficiency, the XT5 uses Cadillac’s Active Fuel Management System by shutting down two of the engine’s cylinders. Moreover, with auto start/stop technology, the engine stops running when the SUV idles to preserve gas, and when you’re ready to accelerate the systems starts the engine automatically. It’s smart innovations like this that help the XT5 earn a combined 23 mpg.
If you want the most responsive driving experience, be sure to select the all-wheel-drive option. This, paired with the new 3.6L V6 engine delivers the exhilarating feel you want on your drives. Complimenting them, even more, is the Driver Select Ride mode with Real Time Damping Suspension. The damping suspension is proactive in that it reads road conditions and vehicle inputs to generate the smoothest handling on the roughest road surfaces. Another versatile benefit is you have access to three different driving modes including Touring Mode—for regular drives, Sport Mode—only available in premium luxury and platinum models and Snow/AWD Mode for superior handling on slick roads.
Technology and Safety
Intelligence is a pivotal theme of the XT5. Cadillac made this apparent in its technological offerings. A great illustration of this is the Cadillac Cue with Phone Integration Technology. This works by integrating a compatible phone. Next, you can access apps by swiping near the screen using proximity sensors. It also possesses the capability to play your music, access your contacts and more through voice commands. This adaptable system results in remarkable convenience on your commutes.
Another smart addition available on the XT5 is the rear camera mirror. This works by giving you the option to toggle between the traditional view of a rearview mirror and a wide angled view thanks to the rear-mounted camera. This wider angle allows you to capture more field of vision around you.
Safety and technology work in tandem on the XT5. The available heads up display provide the most pertinent information such as speed limit and traffic signs on the driver’s side of the windshield. This allows you to have access to the information you need while keeping your eyes on the road.
In addition, the side blind zone alert is an excellent innovation that helps you make smarter choices. How this works if it detects a vehicle in your path as you’re about to change lanes it alerts you by illuminating a light in the side mirror.
Lastly, the Pedestrian Collision Mitigation offering is a must-have if you commute in urban areas. Using a camera, it scans the road ahead of you to determine if any pedestrians are in your path; if it detects some, it alerts you and will engage automatic braking when necessary.
Trims and Pricing
There are four trims available for the 2017 Cadillac XT5. The most affordable offering is the base model. Starting at a surprisingly affordable $39,990, it includes excellent features such as the pairing of the eight-speed automatic transmission and the 3.6L V6 engine to generate up to 310-horsepower.
If you crave more comfort and styling options, the luxury model, priced at $45,890, is the best fit for you. It includes many features of the base model but with the added bonus of leather seating surfaces, heated and power-adjusted outside mirrors and the Ultraview Sunroof.
Next on the lineup is the premium luxury model. This capable SUV houses Cadillac’s best technological and safety innovations such as the Driver Awareness Package, including equipment like Forward Collision Alert, Front Passenger Detection, and Front Automatic Braking. To elevate your drives it comes with the Bose 14-speaker surround sound system. This well-equipped model starts at $52,890.
The pinnacle of the XT5 offerings is the platinum model. It possesses many of the same features you find in the premium luxury model and a few elegant additions such as the semi-aniline full leather seats. It also possesses the all-wheel-drive with twin clutch system with driver model select, front and rear stainless steel skid plates, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and surround vision.
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is one of the most affordable compact luxury crossovers available. Its starting price of $38,995 is $4,525 less expensive than the average cost of its class counterparts. Bolstering the XT5’s appeal is a spacious interior, where it has 15 percent more trunk space than competitors and refined styling. Combine these factors and you can see why the XT5’s debut raised a few eyes.