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2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Cadillac XT5

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2020 Cadillac XT5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Fred Meier

Competes with: Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Volvo XC60; the sportier performance variants of the Audi, BMW and Mercedes models

Looks like: The 2019 model with the new Cadillac-family grille and new bumpers; mechanical and tech changes are more substantial

Drivetrains: A 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 or new 237-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; both paired with new nine-speed automatic transmission, along with front-wheel drive or one of two all-wheel-drive systems

On sale: Late summer

Cadillac brought its refreshed 2020 XT5 compact SUV along to an event to show off its new XT6 three-row SUV. While we didn’t get to drive the XT5, we did get the lowdown on the 2020 version — including details on the mid-cycle changes, which are light on styling tweaks but include a new base engine, new transmission, more standard safety tech and a new, sportier trim level.

Related: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Review: A Tidy Newbie With Teething Pains

The XT5 is a key model for Cadillac. It’s one of the brand’s global best-sellers and carries the Cadillac crest in the crowded and hot-selling market for luxury compact SUVs. It’s been bearing a lot of the load for the brand as GM’s luxury brand fell behind other luxe marques in rolling out SUVs to meet the shift in buyer tastes. It was alone as Cadillac’s car-based-SUV offering along with the big track-based Escalade. Now it’s the middle child, slotting between the new and smaller 2019 XT4 and new three-row 2020 XT6....

Competes with: Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Volvo XC60; the sportier performance variants of the Audi, BMW and Mercedes models

Looks like: The 2019 model with the new Cadillac-family grille and new bumpers; mechanical and tech changes are more substantial

Drivetrains: A 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 or new 237-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; both paired with new nine-speed automatic transmission, along with front-wheel drive or one of two all-wheel-drive systems

On sale: Late summer

Cadillac brought its refreshed 2020 XT5 compact SUV along to an event to show off its new XT6 three-row SUV. While we didn’t get to drive the XT5, we did get the lowdown on the 2020 version — including details on the mid-cycle changes, which are light on styling tweaks but include a new base engine, new transmission, more standard safety tech and a new, sportier trim level.

Related: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Review: A Tidy Newbie With Teething Pains

The XT5 is a key model for Cadillac. It’s one of the brand’s global best-sellers and carries the Cadillac crest in the crowded and hot-selling market for luxury compact SUVs. It’s been bearing a lot of the load for the brand as GM’s luxury brand fell behind other luxe marques in rolling out SUVs to meet the shift in buyer tastes. It was alone as Cadillac’s car-based-SUV offering along with the big track-based Escalade. Now it’s the middle child, slotting between the new and smaller 2019 XT4 and new three-row 2020 XT6.

To better fit in that slot, the 2020 XT5 gets more standard equipment, revised trim-level packaging and a higher price. Pricing was not disclosed, but brand officials said the base price would increase by “about $1,200,” quickly pointing to more standard equipment, though the SUV also will have a less powerful standard engine. Beyond the base model, now called Luxury, the trim levels diverge (Cadillac calls it a “Y” strategy that will extend to other models) into a Premium Luxury track and a Sport line with a darker look and some performance chassis bits, as well as standard V-6 power. Either of those variants can be spruced up more with a Platinum package with nicer interior and additional luxuries. Among the changes:

CUE Under Control

The biggest tech change inside is a new knob and button controller on the center console for Cadillac’s CUE multimedia system to supplement the 8-inch touchscreen. A real volume knob also functions as a toggle for audio track changes, and the large knob controller also functions as a “joystick” that lets you jog it to swipe on the screen. It’s the control system included with the new XT6 and reflects the new system in the 2019 XT4, though without the additional row of physical buttons. In the XT4, Cadillac ditched the touch-sensitive panels that bedeviled earlier generations of CUE with their slow and imprecise response, including the maddening touch-sensitive volume bar. Connectivity includes USB and the newer USB-C ports.

More Safety Tech Standard

Now standard on the XT5 are several safety and driver assistance features, including a front collision system with low-speed automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, cornering lights, teen driver control and a rear-seat reminder. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert remain optional and are not available on the base model.

Optional tech, depending on trim level, includes a 360-degree camera system, a head-up display, an automatic parking system and a night vision system that displays on the dashboard and will alert to potential hazards. The standard backup camera has higher definition and there is a new rear pedestrian alert.

You’ll Have to Pay More for the V-6

The new base engine for the Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The new four-cylinder made its debut on the XT4 and puts out 237 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. GM’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter V-6, formerly the only XT5 powerplant, also shows up, putting out 310 hp and 271 pounds-feet of torque. The V-6 remains standard for the Sport and is an extra-cost option for the Premium Luxury; it’s not available in the base Luxury trim level. Either engine is paired with a new nine-speed automatic, replacing the eight-speed. And the start-stop system now includes an off switch. The four-cylinder includes an electronic brake assist, which also made its debut on the XT4. We weren’t fans of its pedal feel in the XT4, so we’ll be eager to see if the XT5 brings improvement.

Front- or all-wheel drive is offered for the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims. AWD is standard for the Sport and is a more sophisticated system with a twin-clutch electronic rear differential that can shift torque side-to-side to improve cornering and cut understeer. The Sport also gets an adaptive suspension and sportier transmission and steering tuning, plus standard 20-inch wheels.

Exterior Tweaks and New Sporty Look

The 2020 styling changes are light. A new patterned grille insert is in the same style as other new Cadillacs, including the latest models — namely the XT4, XT6 and new CT5 sedan. The Premium Luxury versions get a satin “Galvano” finish on the bright trim; the grille insert, window trim and lower body trim are black for the Sport. Front and rear bumpers have been mildly revised, and there are new wheel choices. LED headlights, daytime running lights and cornering lights now are standard.

Interior Trim Upgrades

The interior design remains familiar with some new trim choices and a wrap and stitching on the roomier center console bin. Models with Bose audio upgrade get good-looking perforated stainless-steel speaker grilles. New near-field communications technology enables automatic pairing of compatible devices. A new premium interior choice brings upgraded leather on the seats, door trim and armrests with a black and Kona Brown color scheme. We got to check out one at the reveal, and it looks and feels competitively luxurious.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
14 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

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(5.0)

Love the comfort of this car

by PegM from Tabernacle on October 3, 2020

My car is for personal and professional use. It is reliable and provides a comfortable ride for driver and passengers. Plenty of room for 5 adults or a handful of grandkids! Plenty of cargo space as ... Read full review

(5.0)

best riding and driving cadillac I have leased

by caddie fan from Painesville Ohio on September 16, 2020

met the needs of ride and style--fun and function--love the color and appointments--leased from great dealer Preston in Burton---will probably never go off roading ---but love the feature Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Cadillac XT5 Luxury

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Free Scheduled Maintenance

    12 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 50,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    4 year, 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XT5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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