2016 Cadillac XT5 AWD Review – Competent But Not Competitive



The 2016 Cadillac XT5 AWD replaces the SRX luxury SUV and overall it’s pretty good. But “pretty good” doesn’t cut it when it’s up against the Europeans with their dynamic, more powerful, and similarly-priced luxury SUVs. Compared to the SRX, the XT5 is a huge step forward for Caddie’s lineup of SUVs bringing more interior room, space, luxury, and other newer features such as the improved CUE infotainment system; but it seems like only SRX owners will get jealous as owners with European SUVS will likely dismiss the XT5 as average.

2016 Cadillac XT5 AWD Review - Competent But Not Competitive

The 2016 Cadillac XT5 AWD Has The Right Stuff in the Right Places

On the outside, the 2016 Cadillac XT5 AWD looks like a proper modern SUV with sleek lines, nice angles, and sharp edges. For the most part it blends sleekness, sportiness with just the right amount of class for exterior looks. The front end looks taller thanks to the design of the huge grille and placed higher up than usual. The side of the SUV makes it look like a large crossover thanks to the sleek lines. Under the hood is a naturally-aspirated GM 3.6-liter V6 putting out 310hp featuring cylinder shutdown and auto start/stop. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic with manual shift ability using the teeny tiny buttons on the rear spokes of the steering wheel.

On the inside of the 2016 XT5 AWD, the interior is luxury-oriented with an overall good-feeling quality especially the comfy seats. But upon closer inspection, being a GM vehicle, multiple parts of the interior are shared with the whole range of vehicles in GM’s fleet including cheaper models. The result is a mixed-feeling interior comprising of premium materials and cheap materials such as hard plastics or poor quality molding as well as switchgear borrowed from lower end vehicles. The mish-mash of materials ruin the luxury feel once you start noticing them and make the XT5 feel like a poorly-made vehicle compared to its European competitors.

Driving the 2016 Cadillac XT5 AWD, it lacks refinement and power; the engine is jerky and the competition has forced induction leaving the XT5 trailing with its 6.6 second 0-60 time compared to under 6 seconds with its competition. GM says those are not the target of the XT5 but seems contradictory since they’re similarly-priced. Driving performance on the other hand, the XT5 is capable, it’s pretty good but not good enough.


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2016 Cadillac XT5 AWD Review – Competent But Not Competitive
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