Five First Impressions: 2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum

The new Cadillac XT5 is certainly charged with one important task: bringing home the bacon.

While worthy, the Cadillac sedans aren’t the most popular product at the General Motors’ prestigious brand. And five-seat, midsize crossovers are certainly taking a chunk out of all luxury sedan sales. Go ask Audi about their Q5.

We recently spent some time with the 2017 Cadillac XT5, the successor to the very popular SRX, in top Platinum spec. Here are some initial thoughts.


A crossover is a crossover
Cadillac perhaps wisely thought it was best if the XT5 looked a lot like the SRX to make sure return buyers weren’t confused about what it was replacing. To that end, its Cadillac edges do distinguish it a little from the rest of the X3/GLC/Q5/RX herd.

Comfort, convenience
In fact, the XT5 is pretty right-sized, which is a new and welcomed thing from a GM product. It’s not the biggest externally, but it feels to have a good helping of space for four adults, with a cargo hold to match. Too bad I couldn’t get the seemingly useful cargo divider (lifted from the last Saab 9-5) to work smoothly.

Torque delay
Load a crossover up with kids and stuff and you need it to move quickly onto the highway. Yeah, the XT5 doesn’t always get the memo. While the 3.6-liter V6 has 310 horsepower, its 270 lb.-ft. of torque doesn’t register, or at least not soon enough. Rivals with turbo fours do this better and Cadillac should offer one in the U.S.-bound XT5s.

Another big, cushy Cadillac
At least the ride is compliant and soft, an old Cadillac trait that’s welcome with the lazy transmission. The 20-inch wheels don’t seem to mess things up here. Steering is numb, but do you really care on a car like this?

Following the leader
So the XT5 apes the uber-popular Lexus RX pretty closely and that’s probably a good thing to keep its hold on American buyers, but probably not to lure many people over from the local Audi emporium. Its $63,495 price tag, though, seems ambitious.


Photos: Zac Estrada/Carscoops

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  • Kash

    These have been quite popular around here, but I can’t help but wonder how much better it’d do with a turbo-4 and turbo-6.

  • pcurve

    ooh looks like very comfortable looking dashboard!

  • SteersUright

    So dull. There was one at the marina the other day and it was only remarkable in how appliance like it looked compared with the far nicer German SUV’s parked there.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Haha, you are kidding, right?

  • carsmofo

    it looks dated already.

    • dumblikeyou2

      They all look dated already. Be serious now.

      • Matt

        C’mon, I know Cadillac gets royally savaged here on Carscoops comments, and having a great knight like yourself stand up to the hate is noble, but it doesn’t change the fact that Cadillac’s A&S design theme kind of reached its peak when The Matrix movies were still a thing.

        There’s elegant conservative (Audi), and then there’s just phone-it-in Cadillac styling. Not unattractive by any stretch, but immensely unmemerable.

        • Karl

          Elegant conservative Audi? Get a grip will you! Audi haven’t had a decent cohesive design in the last 4 years.. All of their current offerings are rehashed designs of the current design language! Audi use to be cutting edge but they have grown stale along with lazy BMW! Your bias is on full display here pal. Have you seen the new Q5? Enough said!

        • dumblikeyou2

          It’s ironic that you would use Audi as a comparison for claiming Cadillac is “phoning it in” with design. If that’s the case, then Audi has been using a string and two cans with their designs. For decades now.

          Euro blob design hasn’t been creative in quite some time.

        • Robert

          “There’s elegant conservative (Audi)” You mean the same ‘elegant Audi’ whose design and new corporate grill looks like it was lifted right off of a Chevy Sonic then grafted on to a pedestrian Volkswagen? The only thing in my opinion Audi has going for it right now is impeccably designed interiors, other than that, Audi has been the one phoning-it-in on exterior design lately, not Cadillac.

  • Bash

    mom caddy…!!

  • HUBEMX

    Looks like a mini traverse with chrome. No thanks

  • Tex

    Overpriced and probably unreliable in the long haul. There are so many better choices out there.

  • Carol Smith

    I am not a Cadillac fan but have to say this is one of the best looking mid-size SUV designs of all time. Well proportioned, classy yet taut & athletic. Interior could be better though.