2021 Cadillac XT5

 The Cadillac XT5 aims for broad appeal as a compact luxury SUV. Unfortunately, it lacks some key characteristics that are required to compete successfully against impressive vehicles such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-AMG GLC43, and Volvo XC60. The XT5's cabin is spacious and comfortable, and it has a refined ride, but its appeal is limited in other ways. Buyers have the option of a turbocharged four-cylinder or a V-6 engine, but adding options quickly pushes the XT5's price tag into Porsche Macan territory—an area where the XT5 is even more out of its depth.

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Cadillac XT5 Price

The Cadillac XT5 starts at $44,990, but we believe the mid-level Premium Luxury model offers the best value. The XT5 Sport failed to get our blood pumping in our testing, so we don't think it's worth the investment. The Premium Luxury trim meets the brand's luxury promises, with desirable standard features like leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, wireless charging, and more. While not everyone requires the all-weather capability of all-wheel drive, it is available for an additional $2000 if desired. The standard engine is a 237-hp turbo four-cylinder, while the optional 310-hp V-6 costs $1000 more. Get the V-6 engine.

2021 Cadillac XT5 Engine

2021 Cadillac XT5

Whether in the cargo or passenger van, the front seat of the Transit Connect will look familiar. The latter can be ordered with a third row of seating for up to seven people. Every model has a low seating height that makes it feel more like a car than a truck or crossover. The dashboard features an ergonomic centre stack with physical controls for the climate and infotainment systems. The cargo van has a cargo volume of up to 127 cubic feet, while the passenger van has a cargo volume of up to 105 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Dual-zone automatic climate control and wireless charging are desirable options.

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 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 opportunity to appeal to enthusiast drivers.

2021 Cadillac XT5 Fuel

EPA fuel economy estimates for front-wheel-drive XT5s with the standard turbocharged four-cylinder are 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Upgrading to the V-6 reduces the mpg to 18 city, 26 highway, and 21 combined. Adding the optional all-wheel drive lowers these estimates slightly on both models, a small price to pay for extra confidence in bad weather. An all-wheel-drive XT5 with the V-6 engine returned 23 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route, while a front-wheel-drive model with the turbocharged four-cylinder returned 29 mpg.

2021 Cadillac XT5 Interior

2021 Cadillac XT5 Interior

Passenger space is adequate, and the accommodations are as opulent as one would expect from a modern Cadillac. When viewed individually, the materials used throughout the XT5's cabin appear upscale, but when viewed collectively, the result is a design that appears unfocused. The layout of the interior is good, and the driving position is comfortable. In addition, for 2020, the XT5 received improved interior materials, ergonomic improvements, and upgraded features such as a new digital gauge cluster.

Even luxury crossovers should be functional, and the XT5 excels in this department. Above-average cargo space, plenty of bins for storing smaller items, and a simple-to-fold rear seat transform this Caddy from luxury liner to cargo king. With the rear seat in place, the XT5's cargo hold could hold an impressive ten carry-on cases. We were able to fit 24 carry-ons once folded.

2021 Cadillac XT5 Infotainment 

2021 Cadillac XT5

All XT5 models are well-connected right out of the box, with features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The infotainment system includes simple controls, such as a rotary controller. A new Bose sound system is also available. For charging mobile devices, there are four USB ports conveniently located throughout the cabin, and a wireless inductive phone-charging pad is available between the two front seats.

2021 Cadillac XT5 Safety 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the XT5 a five-star safety rating, but it did not receive a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) due to poor-performing headlamps. Unfortunately, those who value driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring will have to pay a high price. The following are important safety features:

Automatic emergency braking is standard.

Adaptive cruise control is available.

Lane-keeping assistance is available.

2021 Cadillac XT5 Warranty 

Cadillac's standard warranty coverages are comparable to or better than those of the XT5's competitors. The Caddy also provides complimentary scheduled maintenance, but only for the first visit, which falls short of Volvo's three-year or 36,000-mile warranty.

The limited warranty lasts four years or 50,000 miles.

The powertrain warranty is valid for 6 years or 70,000 miles.

For the first visit, complimentary scheduled maintenance is provided.