2022 Cadillac XT5 Engine

  For 2022, the Cadillac XT5 sport trim now includes Brembo brakes with red-painted callipers, as well as a new 20-inch wheel design. Otherwise, the XT5 enters the new model year with no notable changes.

2022 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac XT5 Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Cadillac XT5 produces 237 horsepower, while the optional V-6 produces 310 ponies. It's no match for performance-oriented rivals like the 340-hp Porsche Macan S with either engine. The Caddy, on the other hand, compares favourably to the Lexus RX350 and the Volvo XC60. We found the Cadillac's V-6 to be impressively quiet and well isolated from the cabin in light-footed, day-to-day operation. However, when pushed hard, the harshness of the larger engine comes to the fore in a most unflattering way.

If you come across a twisty road, the Cadillac XT5 can handle it with confidence, though even with the optional adaptive suspension, it won't make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The XT5's body roll is well controlled, and it feels substantial and planted, which is especially comforting on long highway drives. Our test vehicle, on the other hand, felt jittery over rough stretches of broken pavement, allowing sharp impacts to reverberate through the cabin. The steering is precise, but there is no visceral feedback—yet another missed opportunity to appeal to enthusiast drivers.