The 2022 Cadillac XT5, but in the process, it lost a good amount of the flagship’s prestige. The XT5’s exterior styling is handsome and upscale; its well-equipped cabin is quiet when cruising, and there’s plenty of space for four adults and their luggage. But the red-hot compact luxury SUV marketplace has little room for mediocre entrants, and the XT5’s flaws only serve to highlight more impressive rivals such as the BMW X3 and the Genesis GV70. A turbocharged four-cylinder is standard and a V-6 engine is optional; neither delivers impressive performance nor are they particularly refined.

ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION

The 2022 Cadillac XT5‘s standard turbocharged four-cylinder makes 237 horsepower and the optional V-6 produces 310 ponies. With either engine, it’s no match for performance-oriented rivals such as the 340-hp Porsche Macan S. However, the Caddy stacks up favorably against the Lexus RX350 and the Volvo XC60.

In light-footed, day-to-day operation, we’ve found the Cadillac’s V-6 to be impressively quiet and well isolated from the cabin. Under heavy throttle, however, the bigger engine’s harshness makes itself known in a most unflattering way. Encounter a twisty road and the XT5 can tackle it with confidence, although it won’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up even when equipped with the optional adaptive suspension.

Body roll is well controlled and the XT5 feels substantial and planted, which is especially comforting on long highway slogs. Over rough stretches of broken pavement, however, our test vehicle felt jittery and allowed sharp impacts to reverberate through the cabin. Steering is accurate but lacks any visceral feedback—another missed opportunity to appeal to enthusiast drivers.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND REAL-WORLD MPG

Front-wheel-drive XT5s with the standard turbocharged four-cylinder earns EPA fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Moving up to the V-6 drops mpg to 19 cities, 26 highways, and 21 combined. On both models, adding the optional all-wheel-drive lowers these estimates slightly, a small concession for added confidence in inclement weather. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, an all-wheel-drive XT5 with the V-6 engine delivered 23 mpg, while a front-wheel-drive model with the turbocharged four-cylinder managed 29 mpg. For more information about the XT5’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH

Passenger space is acceptable, and accommodations are as deluxe as expected from a modern Cadillac. The materials used throughout the XT5’s cabin appear upscale when examined individually, but when viewed as a whole, the result is a design that appears unfocused. The interior’s layout is good, and the driving position is agreeable.

And for the 2020 model year, the XT5 received better interior materials, improved ergonomics, and upgraded features such as a new digital gauge cluster. Even luxury crossovers should be practical, and the XT5 excels in this category. Above-average cargo space, plenty of bins for stashing smaller items, and an easy-to-fold rear seat allow this Caddy to easily transform from luxury liner to cargo king. The XT5’s cargo hold accommodated an impressive 10 carry-on cases with the rear seat in place. Once folded, we fit 24 carry-ons.

IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS

All 2022 Cadillac XT5 models come well-connected right out of the gate, with standard niceties such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The infotainment system offers intuitive controls including a rotary controller. An updated Bose sound system is also now available. There are four USB ports located conveniently throughout the cabin for charging mobile devices, and a wireless inductive phone-charging pad is available between the two front seats.

PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS

Unfortunately, those who value driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring will find themselves shelling out beaucoup bucks. For more information about the XT5’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

PHOTOS

2022 Cadillac XT5 Compact SUV Exterior Left Front Side View

2022 Cadillac XT5 Compact SUV Exterior View of Trunk Cargo Space

2022 Cadillac XT5 Compact SUV Exterior View of Trunk Cargo Space for Traveling

2022 Cadillac XT5 Compact SUV Exterior Ariel View of Sun Roof

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE AS TESTED
$63,115 (base price: $45,090)

ENGINE TYPE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement
122 in3, 1998 cm3
Power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.6-in vented disc/12.4-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Premier LTX, 235/55R-20 102H M+S TPC SPEC 1493MS

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 112.5 in
Length: 189.6 in
Width: 75.0 in
Height: 66.1 in
Passenger volume: 104 ft3
Cargo volume: 30 ft3
Curb weight: 4106 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.4 sec
60 mph: 7.6 sec
100 mph: 23.1 sec
120 mph: 46.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 6.1 sec
1/4 mile: 16.0 sec @ 87 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.82 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 20 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 29 mpg
Highway range: 560 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 24/21/28 mpg

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