“While Cadillac doesn’t claim to be hunting the Porsche Macan, it’s clear that able minds tuned the XT5’s chassis. The electrically assisted steering is keen to respond and commendably high in effort. The ZF Sachs CDC (continuous damping control) shocks combined with stout anti-roll bars all but eliminate cornering lean without imposing ride harshness, at least on the Southern California mountain roads we experienced on the XT5’s press launch. Stylish 20-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin tires deliver crisp turn-in and impressive grip. The base 18-inch all-season Michelins, which combine the same 235-millimeter section width with a taller sidewall, yield a plusher ride, slightly lazier steering response, and hints of body float, in large part because CDC dampers aren’t available with this tire-and-wheel package.” -- Car And Driver
2017 Cadillac XT5: Back in the midsize luxury crossover game
“Cadillac’s new Continuous Damping Control system is also standard on the Platinum model and comes with the optional 20-inch wheel upgrade on other trims. The lighter chassis, revised suspension, and upgraded brakes also help with handling. All-wheel-drive traction helps, as well. The Platinum trim’s standard (available on other trims) advanced ‘twin clutch’ all-wheel-drive system is said to continuously and automatically adjust traction depending on surface conditions, including in inclement weather. Cadillac says the design can route up to 100 percent of available torque to either the front or rear axles and the electronically controlled rear differential can send up to 100 percent of torque to either side.” -- Motor Trend
“The 3.6-liter V6 hums along nicely, never really breaking a sweat in city or highway driving. It dips into its reserves on short notice and provides just enough oomph for a dash that's only possible in the desert parts of California, which is where Cadillac brought us to try out the XT5. This new engine is a natural choice for a crossover of this size, but it's not a particularly exciting unit, unlike two other recent additions to the lineup: namely, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the 3.0 twin-turbo V6 that found their way into the CT6 sedan. The 3.6-liter here, on the other hand, does its job best when propelling the XT5 in a straight line. The engineering brief for this engine must have gone something like: Do your job, try not to remind the driver that you're there and avoid awkward shifts with your eight-speed auto. Judged on these parameters, it succeeds easily, and given the target audience for this crossover, that's all it really needs to do. The entertainment is the job of the audio system in this segment, not the engine. That eight speed, by the way, is now controlled by a shift-by-wire system, one that's more intuitive than Chrysler's, even though it will take new buyers a day or two to get used to.” -- Autoweek
“The XT5’s interior is roomy, comfortable and stylish. Soft, stitched leather covers most surfaces. My test vehicle had warm and lovely sapele wood trim. There’s plenty of passenger space and interior storage. The XT5 comes with an updated version of Cadillac’s CUE control system. The voice recognition remains outstanding, and the touch screen responds more quickly. The climate-control system has simple dials and toggles. The audio system would benefit from the same instead of its flat-panel controls. The sole 12-volt power point in the front seat is inconveniently located in a hard-to-reach shelf near the passenger footwell.” -- Detroit Free Press
“Inside the XT5 is where the distinction takes hold. Cadillac’s designers talk about XT5’s material ‘authenticity,’ a current buzzword that actually has some meaning. Trim pieces that look like carbon fiber are actually carbon fiber; wood trim that looks like wood is real wood; aluminum and metal pieces are genuine, too. Even if the eye can be tricked by faux materials, the hand cannot be deceived. Touch the dash, and the cool metal contrasts with the warm wood and leather. Not only that, components are put together with attention to detail and visually identifiable craftsmanship. Leather wraps are made in the cut-and-sewn style, rather than molded over surfaces. Metal trim is carefully edged to meet other surfaces in a tight seam. The combination of authentic materials and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of premium quality, and are evident throughout the XT5’s cabin.” -- Forbes
“The verdict: The 2017 Cadillac XT5 excels at offering a luxurious experience that should tempt midsize luxury SUV shoppers -- and worry its competitors.
Versus the competition: There’s no mistaking the XT5 for anything but a luxury car. It feels more composed than the Lexus RX 350, but lighter and more fun than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. It also offers a more comfortable ride than either of them and has a top-of-the-class interior.” -- Cars.com
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.