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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2016, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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XT5 Reviews Are In! -- Here's the Good and the Bad



Publications have begun to publish their reviews of the new 2016 Cadillac XT5. It gets generally good marks, but it also has a few shortcomings and particularities. First I will give a general overview of the XT5. I will then discuss the aspects of Cadillac's new SUV that have been lauded, and others that have been identified as weak points.

Overview

The Cadillac XT5 is part of a big change in the Cadillac brand. It replaces the SRX, which was previously the biggest volume seller for Cadillac, and is the first of many Cadillac SUVs which will carry the "XT" name. It makes sense why Cadillac has prioritized this model as the mid-size CUV segment is incredibly popular right now.

The XT5 has a base price of $38,995, but the price can reach north of $60,000 if you opt for the top-of-the-line Platinum trim model.

All XT5 models are powered by a 3.6-litre direct injection V6 with 310 HP and 271 lb-ft of torque that is mated to an eight-speed transmission using ****-by-wire technology. AWD is available for a price one all models, and comes standard in the Premium model.

The XT5 will aim to rival vehicles like the Lexus RX 350, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, BMW X5, and Mercedes GLE.

The Good

Cadillac has plenty to be proud of when it comes to the XT5. Most noticeable is the design of the vehicle, inside and out. The distinctive Cadillac LED headlights mark the SUV as a Cadillac and make it fit with the new design language of the brand. A strong crease runs down the side of the vehicle that gives it a sportier stance, and Cadillac has also found restraint so as not to alienate customers from their big volume seller. In the interior, the steering wheel is unique with a wood inlay on the Platinum trim model, and stitched leather, textured woods and a large sunroof also adorn the top-of-the-line cabin.



A new technology in the XT5 is the Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation. This feature automatically switches to four-cylinder mode under light or moderate loads. This, combined with a loss of about 300 lbs, contributes to the improved fuel economy for the XT5 which stands at 27 mpg on highway, compared to the SRX's 24 mpg.

The XT5 has yet more technology that has been applauded by reviewers. The rearview camera that replaces the mirror eliminates blindspots and gives unobstructed vision of the lanes behind you.

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There are no blind spots, no rear passengers awkwardly making eye contact with you. You have complete visual command of the lanes behind you and itís a huge advantage.

Only breakdown is that the delay is perceptible. Barely, but itís there. I managed to drive an entire four hours without ramming anyone out of their lane so Iím sure youíll be able to live with this.
Meanwhile, the CUE infotainment system has been updated to process commands much more quickly than it used to, and it also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Bad

The biggest gripe that reviewers have expressed with the XT5 is how the lower trim levels pale in contrast to the top level Platinum trim. Here are some of the examples of these stark contrasts:



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Thereís also the shape of the wheel, which is funky, even daring, to cop Cadillacís new catchphrase. With the Platinumís open-pore wood insert I really like it. But downgrade that for a big piece of plastic and it looks like something off the bottom shelf at Toys R Us.


The gauge cluster in the lower trim models is, frankly, unbelievably mundane, and looks far from the quality that one would expect to see in a Cadillac vehicle.

Another nit-pick is the volume gauge which is operated by sliding your finger across the black lacquered control. While it looks pretty, a traditional knob would do the job a lot more easily.

Feel free to add to the good and the bad!



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Looks like Cadillac already has a vital area to improve on:
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Lugging 4000 to 4300 pounds of XT5 plus occupants, the 310-hp V-6 has its work cut out. Running through eight gears to and beyond cruising speed is no issue, but when you nudge the throttle to pass, the initial impression is that nobodyís home under the hood. The combination of the transmissionís 0.67:1 top gear and a 5000-rpm torque peak means you must drop a few ratios to trigger the expected surge. There are well-hidden shift paddles behind the 3 and 9 o'clock spokes, but to enable them it's first necessary to engage the manual shift mode by pulling the console lever back one additional notch. (This changes the D indicator label to M.)
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...t-drive-review
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Yea that sounds like an issue, but it also sounds like something that can be fixed, albeit, not until some kind of model update or facelift comes time.



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Yea that sounds like an issue, but it also sounds like something that can be fixed, albeit, not until some kind of model update or facelift comes time.
It could be a simple as tuning the transmission for all we know and I can't imagine that not being possible for the next model year.

But this goes to show, we need to test drive these and get a feel for how they drive, don't want to be stuck with one that doesn't have the get up and go it should.
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