Test Drive: Cadillac XT5
The XT5 is a relatively new crossover from Cadillac, it has been around for 3 years only but it’s building its own niche in such a cluttered segment, according to Wikipedia, Cadillac sold nearly 70,000 XT5 units in 2016 in the US and China alone, this number nearly doubled in 2017.
The overall design of the XT5 is elegant, I’m not a big fan of the exterior, specially the headlights, but I think it can make the car attractive for small families, and when you consider the spacious cockpit, safety features and engine performance, the XT5 proves itself as an excellent option for that target audience.
The XT5 is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 367 Nm of torque, which is really good for a car from this segment, and when you add to that the 8-speed transmission, you can be sure that fuel economy is something that you can enjoy with this car.
The XT5 is available in 4 grades; Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum, and the prices gives it a competitive edge over its German rivals.
|Cadillac XT5 Prices:|
|KSA: SAR 178,800||UAE: AED 175,500|
|Bahrain: BHD 17,120||Kuwait: KWD 13,270|
|Oman: OMR 17,480||Jordan: JOD 53,400|
|Qatar: QAR 165,300||Lebanon: $55,000|
As for the wheels, the Standard and Luxury grades come with 18-inch wheels, while Premium Luxury and Platinum sit on 20-inch wheels.
One of the aspects that impressed me is safety, the XT5 is loaded with safety features that should assist the driver and keep the car and its occupants safe, these features include:
- Forward Collision Warning and Avoidance
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Automatic Parking Assist
- Rearview Mirror Camera – standard on the Platinum
Cool features I like:
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- USB ports in front and in the back
- Heated and cooled seats
- Cooled cup holders
- Big boot + foldable seats
- Electric tailgate
- Great sunroof
Watch this video to know more about the Cadillac XT5.