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2024 Cadillac XT5 Pros vs Cons, & Competitor Insights

2024 Cadillac XT5 Pros, Cons, and Competitor Comparison
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By Norman Ruckpaul
Reviewed & fact checked by
James Murdoch
Published: Feb 5, 2024

The 2024 Cadillac XT5 speaks to luxury SUV shoppers looking to pamper their wallets as much as themselves. This well-rounded Caddy blends the plush comfort and style you expect from a premium brand, but at a price that pleasantly undercuts the competition like the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. Inside, you get a spacious high-tech cabin and smooth, refined ride. The available V6 packs a pleasing punch too. Now, it's not perfect - mpg and visibility could be better. But the XT5 makes up for that with its generous warranty, packed features and overall enjoyable driving experience. If you crave luxury without totally breaking the bank, this value-focused Cadillac deserves a close look.

What We Like: The Ten Pros

Refined ride, lavish interior, abundant tech, and elegant style make the latest XT5 alluring

The 2024 Cadillac XT5 gets high marks for its quality cabin, generous dimensions, safety ratings, bold styling, and well-mannered road manners. Here are some of its wins.

1. High-Quality Interior Touches

Stepping into the Cadillac's cabin, you will find high-grade features and materials:

  • leather upholstery seating with French stitching

  • Soft-touch surfaces covering the dash, doors, and center console

  • Satin chrome and carbon fiber trim upgrades lending sophistication

  • Ambient LED lighting sets the mood

The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels smooth in hand, while the glossy black center stack dazzles with illuminated controls. Opting for the full-length panoramic sunroof bathes the space in natural light.

2. Comfortable Spacious Interior

The generous dimensions ensure all passengers ride in true comfort. Key amenities include:

  • Wide, supportive front front bucket seats with 8-way power adjustments

  • 41 inches of rear legroom for stretching out in the rear seat

  • Heated front and available ventilated seats

  • Available heated steering wheel, ideal on chilly mornings

  • Dual and optional tri-zone climate control to tailor individual comfort

Thoughtful details like the ionizing air purifier, power lumbar support, and dedicated rear climate zone in higher trims pamper occupants. Car seats and children fit nicely in back thanks to the ample space.

3. More Cargo Space to Fit Large Hauls

With the rear seats folded flat, the XT5 provides up to 63 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. This rivals top competitors like the Audi Q5 with a max cargo capacity of  54.1 cubic feet. The 60/40 split-folding seats make it simple to expand space as needed.

Clever storage cubbies located throughout the interior help organize essentials while on the go. The hands-free power liftgate available on higher trims makes loading cargo effortless.

  • Cargo Volume to Seat 1: 63 ft³

  • Cargo Volume to Seat 2: 30 ft³

With the rear seats in the up position the BMW X3 is close with 28.7 cubic feet, the Mercedes-Benz GLC has 21.9 cubic feet and the Volvo XC60 has 17.1 cubic feet. 

4. Competitive Pricing Among Luxury SUVs

The 2024 Cadillac XT5 comes in three main trim levels, each building on the last to add more luxury appointments. Let's break down the key goods offered on each.

The base Luxury trim ($45,290) starts things off nicely with leather seats, dual-zone climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless phone mirroring. You also get driver aids like a rearview camera, remote start and teen driver tech. This trim hits the crossover sweet spot.

Step up to the Premium Luxury trim ($51,590) and you're rolling in style with upgrades like an available V6 engine, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and premium Bose audio. The top view camera and parking sensors make maneuvers easier too.

The XT5 Sport trim ($58,190) ups the excitement. Beyond the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims, Sport models add a retuned sport suspension, 20-inch wheels, and performance seats. The jet black and maple sugar interior combo looks slick.

Overall, the higher trims build on each other with more power, technology, and luxury features. The Sport model throws enhanced handling into the mix for an extra dose of driving enjoyment.

Comparing the price range of 45K to 58K to its closest competitors, it has a lower starting price than its rivals and an upper end price that is thousands lower compared to the competition:

  • BMW X3 ($47,895 to $62,895)

  • Audi Q5 ($45,795 - $60,895)

  • Lexus RX ($49,950 to $70,080)

  • Genesis GV70 ($46,500 to $68,295)

  • Volvo XC60 ($48,195 to $76,545)

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC ($48,600 to $52,850)

5. Abundant Safety Tech and Standard Driver Assistance Features

The 2024 XT5 comes loaded with Cadillac's impressive Smart System of safety and driver assistance features. It aims to help give you more confidence behind the wheel.

Let's look at some of the highlights. Front Pedestrian Braking can automatically brake if it detects someone ahead. Forward Collision Warning Alert provides alerts if you're approaching another vehicle too closely. The Safety Alert Seat uses vibrations to cue you on crash threats.

Other driver aids include:

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

  • Lane Departure Warning

  • Adaptive Cruise Control

  • HD Rear Vision Camera and Rear Parking Sensors.

  • Rear Camera Mirror helps visibility by displaying a video feed of what’s behind the vehicle.

  • The Surround View camera system provides multiple views when maneuvering.

You also get nice tech like automatic emergency braking, head up display, blind spot monitoring, and proximity keyless entry. Additional standard features like front Brembo brakes and front collision warning further enhance safety.

With its comprehensive sensor suite to detect lane departure and proximity, along with systems to alert and automatically brake, it provides reassuring driver assistance features. It can help you avoid accidents and drive with greater awareness.

Top Safety Ratings Provide Peace of Mind

The XT5 achieve top results in crash testing programs conducted by leading safety authorities:

  • 5-star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • Good ratings in all IIHS impact tests

  • Superior rating for front crash prevention

These impressive results give drivers confidence in the XT5's ability to protect occupants in the event of an accident. It meets the highest safety standards in the industry.

6. Nice, Refined Exterior

Although looks are a matter of personal taste, we think the XT5 makes an good first impression with:

  • Sleek profile with satin chrome and gloss black accents

  • Distinctive front grille design with LED lighting

  • Eye-catching 20-inch alloy wheel options

  • Available bold, vibrant paint colors like midnight sky metallic and emerald lake metallic.

The integrated roof rails not only add function for packing gear up top but also contribute to the athletic aesthetic. Overall, it combines sophistication and bold styling cues for visual drama.

7. Dialed-In Handling Feels Agile Yet Stable

A smooth ride and responsive handling give the XT5 a nimble, refined driving feel:

  • Quick, nicely weighted steering provides a connected feel with the road

  • Tight body control around corners thanks to the tuned chassis

  • Available all-wheel drive enhances grip for putting power down smoothly

The available Continuous Damping Control suspension responds well to changes in road surfaces, allowing both comfortable cruising and spirited handling when desired. Minimal noise and vibration further contribute to its driving refinement.

Consumer Reports rates this midsize SUV road test score as excellent. Handling is one of the reasons it made their short list of CR RECOMMENDED vehicles. Source: Consumer Reports. Note: You have to be a subscriber to read the full report.

8. Latest Tech Features Keep Passengers Connected and Entertained

The infotainment and connectivity suits digital demands:

  • Easy-to-use 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Available spectacular 14-speaker Bose surround system

  • Built-in Amazon Alexa enables natural voice control

  • 4G LTE WiFi hotspot provides data for devices

Four USB ports, wireless charging, and excellent voice recognition round out the tech suite.

9. Two Capable Engine Choices Available

Buyers can choose between two satisfying engine options in the XT5:

  • 235 horsepower, 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder - Provides brisk acceleration and smoother stop-start transitions thanks to the twin-scroll turbo and active fuel management technology. This balances responsive performance with efficiency.

  • 310 horsepower,  3.6L V6 - Delivers robust acceleration and a pleasing exhaust note. The higher torque provides decisive power for confident passing and merging.

Both engines pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission for smooth, timely gear changes. Front-wheel drive comes standard, with all-wheel drive optional across the lineup for enhanced traction in slippery conditions.

10. Six Year/70,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty and Reliability Rating 

Every 2024 XT5 comes with Cadillac’s competitive 6-year/70,000 mile Powertrain warranty. BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo offer 4-years/50,000 miles. This provides excellent owner peace of mind for years down the road.

  • Powertrain Limited Warranty - 6 years/70,000 miles

  • Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty - 4 years/50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance - 6 years/70,000 miles

Cadillac’s bumper to bumper warranty is similar to Audi, BMW, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz with 4 years/50,000 miles, 

Predicted reliability ratings for this Cadillac also match or beat rivals, appealing to buyers wanting lower maintenance costs.

J.D. Power rated the Quality & Reliability with a score of 84/100. The closest competition all received lessor scores:

  • BMW X3 received 82/100

  • Volvo XC60 received 74/100

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC received 78/100

  • Lexus RX received 81/100

(Source: J.D. Power)

What We Don’t Like: Three Cons

Shortcomings with fuel economy, visibility, and base trim features show where the XT5 falters

While an outstanding overall package, a few disadvantages prevent the 2024 XT5 from achieving perfection. Here are the main drawbacks to consider.

1. Base Trim Lacks More Advanced Tech

The entry Luxury trim comes decently equipped with leather, alloy wheels, and other amenities. However, lacking many modern driver aids and tech features found on higher Premium Luxury and Sport trims.

For example, the base model foregoes:

  • HD Surround Vision

  • Speed Limit Assist

  • Traffic Sign Recognition

  • Reverse Automatic Braking

  • Intersection Automatic Emergency Braking

  • Rear Pedestrian Alert

  • Ventilated driver and front passenger seats

  • Wireless Phone Charging

Adding these worthwhile upgrades pushes the price up over $5K to the upper trims - Premium Luxury and Sport. It is the main reason most reviewers recommend the Premium Luxury trim as the best buy.

(Source: Cadillac XT5 models)

2. Fuel Economy Trails Competitors

The XT5 disappoints with EPA ratings of just 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway for the 4 cylinder. The V6 gets 18 city/ 26 highway . Competitors like the BMW X3, Volvo XC60, and Mercedes-Benz GLC do better.

Four-cylinder Competitors:

  • Volvo XC60: MPG 22 City / 28 Hwy

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC: MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy

  • Audi Q5: MPG: 23 City / 29 Hwy

Competitors with comparable six-cylinder:

  • BMW X3: MPG 23 City / 27 Hwy

  • Lexus RX: MPG 21 City / 28 Hwy

For buyers focused on fuel costs, the XT5 is at a disadvantage. Its larger size and weight hinder efficiency versus others in its class. (Source: EPA)

3. Challenging Outward Visibility

A common complaint from reviewers is the XT5’s thick roof pillars obstructing visibility. The relatively high dash and hood line also make seeing some traffic lights tricky.

In parking situations and busy intersections, the thick blind spots can hide approaching pedestrians or vehicles. This forces more reliance on the camera systems. While the surround views help, competitors like the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 offer better natural sight lines all around.

How it Stacks Up to the Competition

The XT5 shines in some areas while falling short in others when compared to key segment leaders

When cross-shopping, the 2024 Cadillac XT5 shines in some regards while falling short in others compared to direct luxury compact SUV rivals. Here is how it stacks up:


The XT5 Advantages:

  • Lower $44k starting price undercuts X3 by $2k

  • More generous 4-year/50k warranty versus 4-year/50k from BMW

  • Available robust 310-hp V6 over X3's 255-hp base engine

The X3 Advantages:

  • Better fuel economy - up to 26/31 mpg vs 20/27 in the XT5

  • Higher quality interior materials and construction

  • More passenger and cargo room despite smaller exterior dimensions

Verdict: The X3 maintains an edge for interior polish, efficiency, and space utilization, but the XT5 fights back with its value, power, and warranty.

Vs Volvo XC60

The XT5 Advantages:

  • More affordable base price - $44k vs $48k for the XC60

  • Quicker acceleration with available 310-hp V6

  • Larger overall interior room

  • 4-year/50k warranty beats Volvo's 4-year/60k coverage

XC60 Advantages:

  • Better fuel economy - up to 25/30 mpg for XC60 over 20/27 mpg

  • More advanced safety features like Pilot Assist driver aids

  • Higher quality cabin materials and finishes

  • Available plug-in hybrid variant

Verdict: The XC60 wins on safety tech and interior luxury, but the XT5 counters with lower cost of entry and ownership experience via its value positioning.

Vs Mercedes-Benz GLC

The XT5 Advantages:

  • Much lower $44k starting price vs $50k+ for base GLC

  • Smoother, quieter ride quality over bumps

  • Infotainment system is easier to use

  • V6 no longer offered on GLC

GLC Advantages:

  • More fuel-efficient turbo-4 engine - up to 24/30 mpg

  • Higher quality cabin materials like MB-Tex and aluminum

  • Better handling and steering precision and feedback

  • Optional 3rd row seating unavailable on XT5

Verdict: The GLC wins on refinement and driving dynamics, but the XT5 offers similar luxury and tech for sometimes $10k less. Tough call based on priorities.

The Final Verdict

We think the 2024 Cadillac XT5 hits a sweet spot as a well-rounded luxury midsize SUV. Inside, it blends a spacious cabin with a comfortable ride, great tech, and refined performance. While not tops in mpg or visibility, it counters with a lower starting price, strong V6 option, and a solid warranty.

For whom does it work best?

  • Luxury budget shoppers will appreciate its lower starting cost

  • Value-focused buyers get generous standard features and space

  • Those wanting a serene journey will love the smooth comfortable ride

  • Tech enthusiasts will enjoy the intuitive infotainment and audio

However, you may want to consider alternatives if you prioritize:

  • Fuel efficiency: The BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 offer better mpg ratings.

  • Interior refinement: You might like Mercedes-Benz GLC superior cabin materials and finishes.

  • Cutting-edge safety tech: The Volvo XC60 offers strength with features like its Pilot Assist driver-assistance system.

But with its strengths in comfort, space, tech and value, the XT5 stands out as a well-rounded premium SUV. For many buyers, its minor shortfalls won't outweigh its advantages. It deserves strong consideration in this competitive segment.