2018 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac's entry into one of the most competitive luxury crossover classes enters its second year with the 2018 XT5.

There are not many changes to the 2018, with the only one of note being the addition of a heated steering wheel to the base package. Trim levels are Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. There is no sporty option, and the XT5 keeps the profile of the 2017 model which replaced the much more sport designed SRX. The standard trim offers a 3.6-litre V6 with 310 hp is actually the only engine option in the XT5. When choosing your trim, be aware that the price can jump rather significantly between levels. If you are looking for a crossover luxury vehicle, read on to find out more about the 2018 Cadillac XT5.

While many find the XT5 lacking on the luxury front, it is on the introductory side of the class which needs to be kept in mind.

The V6 offers a fun and sporty ride and the XT5 handling is tight and feels almost more like a car than a crossover. The electric power steering improves handling and makes for easy centering during highway driving. All-wheel-drive is only standard with the Platinum trim add-on. The XT5 sits low to the ground, thus making it a very bad choice for off-road use, but this also helps it to drive more like a car.

The models are spread across a wide range with the fully-loaded model nearly double the cost of the standard.

The ride quality is great across all of the XT5 models with an interior that feels more luxurious than a lot of the other options in this class. In the Luxury trims both the driver and passenger seats are equipped with a full lumbar support system which is quite noticeable and appreciated during long road trips. While the crossover is of standard size, the narrowness of the body is definitely felt in the back seat with the likelihood of three adults fitting comfortably pretty small. The rear cargo compartment measures 30 cubic feet, which can be adjusted by moving the back seat up or back.

The Platinum trim tops out around $70,000 which can feel inflated with the XT5 engine, although all of the interior touches are top notch.

The Premium or Luxury options are more than adequate in the luxury department, and at a more reasonable price level. If you are looking to enter the luxury crossover market, the XT5 is one to consider, but be aware of the steep price increase when you reach the Platinum level. The vehicle drives well and does enjoy many of the little touches that make a Cadillac a coveted brand. When considering the XT5 it is best to compare it to its competitive set and see how it stacks up on the features that matter most to you. While the unique SRX profile has been replaced with more standard features, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 remains a viable contender.