When it comes to luxury vehicles, Cadillac has been a continued staple within the industry. Their flagship SUV, the Cadillac Escalade, a household name. That said, the Escalade isn’t the only model in the Cadillac family lineup that deserves some thorough recognition. Introducing the 2019 Cadillac XT5, the sleek and stylish little brother to the Escalade. Although, one shouldn’t let the term ‘little’ fully describe this capable luxury SUV. While smaller in size when compared to the Escalade, the latest Cadillac XT5 offers a one-of-a-kind driving experience and is everything drivers have come to expect out of a luxury-grade car. Of course, there are the basics, like premium seating and a fine-tuned engine, then there are the auxiliary bells and whistles that you can only find in a top-of-the-line Cadillac. In this post, we’ll show you everything there is to know about the 2019 Cadillac XT5 and why you should add it to your dream car wish-list.
The Exterior Package of the Cadillac XT5
On the outside, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 is a shrunk down version of the Escalade. From the iconic front grill that Cadillac is known for to the boxy yet sophisticated design, the Cadillac XT5 is unapologetically soaked in classic Cadillac styling; and that is hardly a problem. The 2019 Cadillac XT5 starts at a reasonable $41,695 MSRP. Potential buyers can find this luxury crossover SUV in one of four different trim options the Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. No matter which trims option you pick, you’ll be given a Cadillac crossover SUV that is certainly on par with other Cadillac models, even the classic Escalade.
Luxury Performance for a Luxury Crossover SUV
In every trim option of the 2019 Cadillac XT5, you can expect to find a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that brings 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft worth of torque to the table. For a vehicle of its size, this is quite a lot of power and torque to handle. Fortunately, you can put it to good use, as the 2019 Cadillac XT5 has a max towing capacity of 1,000 pounds, which is more than many other luxury cars can say. The 8-speed automatic transmission found in every 2019 Cadillac XT5 offers buttery-smooth driving experience and will have you itching to get back to the wheel. Unfortunately, this crossover SUV earns some mid-level fuel economy, providing an EPA-rated range of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. While these may seem like low numbers to drivers of sedans and coupes, the 2019 Cadillac XT5’s fuel economy is quite comparable when you stack it up against other vehicles of its class.
Drive and Ride in Luxury
A crucial factor to every luxury car is the comfort of the ride, and Cadillac, to no surprise, seemed to be aware of this when they designed the interior of the 2019 Cadillac XT5. Base models of the luxury crossover can expect a lush synthetic leather upholstery. Upgrading to either the Premium or Luxury trim levels will give you real leather. You can even take things to the next level and purchase the Platinum model, which provides semi-aniline hides. Power-adjustable seating is considered a standard on all 2019 Cadillac XT5 models and can be included on the passenger seat as well in the Luxury trim. While the latest Cadillac XT5 may be in a smaller package, it still provides plenty of leg room, and expansive cargo storage providing 30 cubic feet of space. When it comes to road noise, the Cadillac XT5 does an excellent job of canceling it out, and with the option of AWD on the Platinum model, you can enjoy a surprisingly smooth ride all the way through.
When it comes to safety, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 earns a passing grade. Base models of the crossover SUV can expect the basics, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and a suite of airbags. While this is an excellent option for drivers who could care less for all of the complicated smart safety features found in many modern vehicles, it can be somewhat disappointing for drivers that may be expecting it. That said, these intelligent safety features can still be found on higher-end models of the vehicle. Upgrading the 2019 Cadillac XT5 can give you modern safety feature mainstays like automatic emergency braking, wherein the smart software will detect vehicles and objects ahead of you and activate the breaks before a collision can occur. On the other hand, adaptive cruise control can make for some pretty seamless driving, as a suite of cameras and sensors can detect the vehicle in front of you and adjust the cruise control speed accordingly. While safety features are near the top of the priority list for many potential drivers, another critical aspect of luxury driving is having infotainment technology that is second to none.
When it comes to technology, Cadillac pulled out all the stops for their 2019 Cadillac XT5. Base models of the luxury crossover are installed with an 8.0-inch touchscreen complete with infotainment software designed to be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. As a result, you can access your favorite smartphone apps seamlessly from the dash display of your car. Things only improve from here, as those who purchase higher-end models can expect to find a premium Bose audio system, fully-fleshed out navigation software, automatic high-beams, and a capacitive bar that you can use for hand-motion controls. The 2019 Cadillac XT5 is packed with technology, and drivers will certainly be impressed with everything this incredible luxury crossover can offer.
A Brief Overview of the 2019 Cadillac XT5
So, it’s easy to see that the latest Cadillac XT5 is the full package. To help you get a clearer idea of everything you can expect out of this luxury crossover, we’ve compiled a brief summary of everything we’ve covered:
- MSRP: $41,695
- Engine: 3.6L V6
- Power: 310 horsepower
- Torque: 271 lb-ft worth of torque
- Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway
- Safety: Smart safety features in higher end models.
Getting Behind the Wheel of the 2019 Cadillac XT5
Few luxury car brands have made as much of an impact as Cadillac. While their iconic vehicle is undoubtedly a worthwhile pick, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 easily lives up to the Cadillac brand. From the classic styling to the attention to detail in all of the features offered, the Cadillac XT5 is certainly a vehicle worth checking out. Sure, in some capacity, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 falls in line with other luxury crossovers of its class, at such a high level of performance, there is only so much you can do to stand out from the pack. That said, the Cadillac XT5 makes itself known wonderfully, offering the full luxury SUV experience in a smaller crossover package. One minute behind the wheel of the 2019 Cadillac XT5 and you’ll realize why Cadillac continues to be one of the leading luxury car manufacturers in the industry. If you want to see for yourself, we recommend you head into your local Cadillac dealership right away and schedule for a test drive. The best way to experience all this impressive Cadillac SUV has to offer is to take the leap and get behind the wheel of one.