The 2020 Cadillac XT5
Cadillac keeps things simple for consumers by offering the XT5 in three convenient trim levels: the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport.
Starting things out is the Luxury model, which is equipped standard with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine generating 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. For drivers looking for more sure-footedness, all-wheel drive is available as an option.
Inside the Luxury's spacious and elegant interior, standard equipment includes an 8-inch touchscreen display incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a premium Bose stereo system, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, among other stylish and comfortable amenities. On the safety side, the Luxury offers lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking as standard features, with more advanced safety features available as options.
The Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury Trim
Moving up a level to the Premium Luxury trim includes everything found on the Luxury but adds on blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery, a hands-free liftgate, and automatic wipers. This level also provides access to a lot of optional features not available on the base Luxury model, including the Sport's upgraded V6 engine and adaptive suspension dampers.
The Cadillac XT5 Sport Trim
Drivers looking for the ultimate in performance matches with aggressive looks will want to check out the top-tier Sport model, which "sports" some exterior styling tweaks which set it apart from its siblings. A more powerful V6 engine that cranks out 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque is standard, as is full-time all-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers.
Both the Premium Luxury and Sport models include optional features such as a 14-speaker Bose stereo, GPS navigation, ventilated front seats, and more. Also available are adaptive cruise control, reverse automatic braking, a surround-view camera system, a rearview camera mirror, and even a night-vision camera. An available Platinum package upgrades the XT5's upholstery and interior materials.
The BMW X3
BMW's offering is also available in three trim levels, less intuitively-named than the Cadillac's: sDrive30i, xDrive30i, M40i, and xDrive30e.
The sDrive30i (rear-wheel drive) and xDrive30i (all-wheel drive) are powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine (248 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque). The xDrive30e is powered by a 2.0L BMW turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 180 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
The M40i gets a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (355 hp, 369 lb-ft of torque), which comes standard with all-wheel drive. All X3 engine options are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission as opposed to the XT5's more capable nine-speed. Standard gear on the 30i models includes LED headlights and foglights, a power liftgate, climate control, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, BMW's iDrive infotainment interface with Apple CarPlay compatibility (additional paid subscription required), and a 12-speaker audio system. Unlike the XT5, Android Auto is not supported.
Features Across the BMW X3's Trims
Multiple option packages exist for the sDrive30i and xDrive30i, such as the Convenience, Driving Assistance, and Driving Assistant Plus packages. The Convenience package adds on keyless access and a panoramic sunroof while the other two include additional driver safety aids. An M Sport package dresses up the X3 with a few stylistic enhancements, while the Dynamic Handling package equips it with adaptive suspension dampers, upgraded brakes, and variable-ratio steering.
The M40i includes many of the same features found in the lower-tier trims. Some other options available are heated and ventilated front seats, leather seating, a larger 10.3-inch touchscreen, a digital gauge display, wireless phone charging, and a Harman Kardon sound system.