The all-new Cadillac XT5 crossover received star billing at auto shows in Dubai and Los Angeles. Cadillac, notably lacking in the hot crossover market, is betting a lot on the model as a replacement for the SRX, the brand’s aging but still top-selling nameplate in the U.S. Here is a look at what some critics and others are saying about the crossover.
“The XT5 has big footsteps to fill. And we are pretty sure it will do so with ease. Based on GM’s new, SUV-optimized “Chi” platform, it comes with front- and all-wheel drive, and it is driven by a 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, now mated to an eight-speed automatic. That’s on par with the outgoing SRX, which is powered by an earlier version of that engine. But since the XT5 is a whopping 278 lbs. lighter than the outgoing SRX, it should be significantly more agile and spirited ... The weight savings come despite a larger body, which turns the XT5 into a far more comfortable cruiser. Rear-seat legroom increases by a full 3.2 inches. And the passengers are surrounded by far richer and more contemporary appointments. The dashboard is perhaps Cadillac’s most futuristic to date, with layers of leather and decor made of real wood, aluminum or carbon fiber. The top-of-the-line Platinum model gains microfiber suede elements, including the headliner. And the color palette is contemporary and daring, with a whole range of classic and contemporary combinations. There is a ‘phone shrine’ to charge your cellular device while traveling, and this Cadillac finally gains an electronic shifter.” -- Jens Meiners, New York Daily News
“The panoramic glass roof, which Cadillac says will be featured on just about 95 percent of XT5 models, eats into backseat headroom -- to the point that anyone taller than 5 feet 9 inches is going to be uncomfortable sitting in back. My 6-foot-tall bulky frame found plenty of legroom in back, but my head was cocked at an angle to even fit into the backseat. With the backseat slid to its rearmost position and reclined to its lower slot, my head rested solidly against the rigid headliner. One good Detroit pothole and I’d be breaking vertebrae. This is not a problem with competitors’ SUVs.” -- Aaron Bragman, Cars.com