When you think luxury car, what comes to mind? Plush seating? Plenty of leg room? A suite of smart safety technology? The latest in infotainment tech? There are many things drivers should expect out of their luxury cars, from the comfort behind the wheel to the suite of infotainment and safety features. That said, what we’ve come to expect from luxury cars has changed quite a lot over the years, and Cadillac has always risen to the occasion to meet this ever-changing environment. Through the many years, Cadillac has met and exceeded this expectation of luxury cars, creating vehicles that have been simply iconic. Of the many new vehicles to enter their 2019 lineup, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 is undoubtedly a vehicle that lives up to its brand.
The 2019 Cadillac XT5 is a vehicle with a luxury design and performance grade power. Shoppers can pick up the XT5 in one of four trim options the Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. This luxury crossover SUV stands apart from the rest, offering a driving experience that is simply beyond compare. The sleek styling, V6 power, and simply luxurious interior styling all make for a remarkable luxury crossover that stands far ahead of the competition. The five-passenger crossover Cadillac is the full-package and breaks the mold in what drivers have come to expect from luxury crossovers of its class.
When you sit behind the wheel of a luxury car, it isn’t often that horsepower and torque come to mind. Instead, aspects like the feel of the seats, the seamlessness of the infotainment features, and a smooth driving experience tend to reach the forefront of our attention. While the latest Cadillac XT5 certainly packs a powerful punch when it comes to luxury features, it also excels when it comes to the engine power and machinery packed beneath the hood.
The standard XT5 comes equipped with a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine with a front-wheel drivetrain and an 8-speed automatic transmission. All of these mechanical components work in synchronous to create a performance-level driving experience with plenty of oomph behind each tap of the accelerator pedal. The 3.6-liter V6 engine pumps out 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft worth of torque to take full advantage of. While certainly a powerhouse of machinery, the XT5 doesn’t break the bank at the pump. In fact, this luxury crossover clocks in with some robust fuel economy earning an EPA-rated combined 24 mpg.
While the standard trim of the Cadillac XT5 comes with rear-wheel drive, higher-end models can come equipped with an all-wheel-drive drive train. With an AWD drivetrain, you can take advantage of greater road handling, and significant peace of mind when road conditions are less than favorable.
The 2019 Cadillac XT5 holds true to its classic roots, offering an outward appearance similar to its larger cousin the Cadillac Escalade. The XT5 wouldn’t be a Cadillac if it didn’t have that iconic front-grill either. With angular LED headlights, and plenty of rounded edges, the 2019 XT5 offers up an exterior that is brilliantly modern, without standing apart from comparable vehicles as entirely alien.
Beneath the skin of the XT5 is a fully decked out interior, specially designed with comfort, ease, and accessibility in mind. Drivers and passengers can both enjoy a luxurious ride from beginning to end thanks to lush seating and an easy to reach infotainment system. The interior cabin is also adorned with plenty of style, thanks to the option of either real or faux aluminum and wood accents that bring out the Cadillac XT5’s extravagant interior character.
While other luxury car brands may lessen the experience for lower-grade models, Cadillac pulls out all the stops even for base versions of the crossover SUV. As a result, every Cadillac driver can enjoy the style and class that the manufacturer is known for. When it comes to seating texture, base model drivers can expect synthetic leather upholstery that lives up to the quality of the real thing. However, if you want to take things to the next level, the Platinum trim offers semi-aniline seats creating a degree of plush comfort that is second to none.
When it comes to legroom the XT5 offers quite a lot once you consider its slight size. The luxury crossover can hold a total of five people. Each passenger can expect plenty of legroom while front passengers and drivers can ride in the epitome of comfort with adjustable power seats offering great back support. That said, no matter if you’re a rear seat passenger or a driver, the Cadillac XT5 creates a level of luxury that you’ll certainly be talking about long after the drive is over.
Luxury vehicles are expected to have a certain degree of interior and infotainment tech that brings the driving experience to the next level; this couldn’t be truer of the XT5. The 2019 model starts high when it comes to technology. The standard XT5 can be purchased with Bose Premium Brand Speakers which provide every second of audio with an extra bit of punch. The 8.0-inch touch-screen in the center console of the model is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, meaning for seamless integration with some of your favorite smartphone apps.
In the XT5 Premium, you can bring things up a notch and add in tech features like heated seats, blind-spot monitors, and an expansive panoramic moonroof. Some drivers even opt for the Driver Awareness Package, which includes incredibly smart features such as active lane control, lane departure warnings, and automatic emergency braking.
It’s clear that Cadillac wanted to ensure that the tech inside the XT5 was extensive from front to back. No matter what you expect out of your luxury crossovers, chances are one of the four trim options has the smart tech features that are bound to lead to a one-of-a-kind driving experience.
Overall the 2019 Cadillac XT5 has earned some pretty solid crash test ratings, coupled with smart driving technology this luxury crossover isn’t just an extravagant ride, but a safe one as well. As standard drivers can expect the basics, including things like seven airbags, stability and traction control, and anti-lock brakes. While these features can seem like the bare minimum, things only go up from there. Spend a little more cash, and you can expect some pretty incredible safety features.
Take, for instance, automatic emergency braking. This feature uses sensors and cameras to scan the environment ahead of the vehicle. When an object or vehicle threatens to make a forward collision, this system will nab control of the brakes and apply them in an attempt to avoid an accident. Other features like blind-spot monitors gift drivers with greater road awareness. This feature alerts drivers when a car or object passes within the car’s blind spot all in an attempt to avoid an accidental collision. The lane departure warning system found in the 2019 XT5 also attempts to bring further driver awareness, by alerting them when they are passing in and out of a lane; as a result, working to prevent accidental lane-drift. Adaptive cruise control is another driver favorite. Using cameras and sensors, adaptive cruise control automatically adjusts your cruise control speed based on the vehicle in front of you.
With this variety of advanced safety features, drivers can take to the road with greater peace of mind knowing that their vehicle is looking out for their safety. The 2019 model is more than just a luxury crossover it is a vehicle that utilizes smart technology to keep drivers and passengers safe on the road.