2018 Cadillac XT5 Walk Around

Even though it’s made up of crisp and clean body lines, the XT5 isn’t a memorable vehicle. Compared to some daring Cadillac designs of the past, it’s anonymous. While demonstrating Cadillac’s latest attempt to soften exterior appearance, the XT5 might be considered banal, or perhaps just about precisely average.

Little decorative detail work is evident on the rather stocky profile. In fact, it might be viewed as an example of restraint, a quality rarely found in Cadillac designs. Swept-back headlights look appealing, as do the LED strips that extend into the bumper. But they enclose a blandly-styled grille, far removed from some brashly elegant examples found on previous models.


Unlike its exterior, the XT5 cabin is stylish and nicely-fitted, if marred by an excess of familiar General Motors switchgear. Certain controls can be frustrating to use. In other respects, the XT5 looks and feels like what it is: a nicely upscale luxury crossover.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen sits high on the dashboard, with climate controls below. Capacitive-type buttons disappear from view when the XT5 is switched off. Genuine wood turns up here and there in the cabin.

Power-adjustable front seats are comfortable, supportive, and feel like high quality. Upper trim levels include full lumbar adjustment for front occupants.

Back seats are less enticing, with ample space for two adults, but not quite enough for a third to ride in comfort. An XT5 is a bit narrower than some competitors.

Synthetic leather upholstery in lesser models might be more wear-resistant, but it detracts from the upscale feel. Higher trim levels get real leather, stepping up to semi-aniline in the Platinum edition.

Cargo space ordinarily totals 30 cubic feet, but can be expanded by moving the 40/20/40-split folding rear bench forward. Maximum space reaches 63 cubic feet.

CUE, the Cadillac User Interface infotainment system, has its problems but functions well enough. An annoying capacitive-bar volume control takes the place of a simple knob.

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