You can’t quite have your 2018 Cadillac XT5 any way you want it, but there are plenty of choices to make. With four trim levels available and a high level of standard and optional equipment including an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple and Android capability, the XT5 rates a solid 7 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Once you’ve narrowed your XT5 hunt down to front- or all-wheel drive (unless you pick the pricey Platinum, where AWD is standard), it’s time to look at trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum.
At a hair over $40,000 to start, the base XT5 is hardly basic. Its feature set includes a power liftgate, power front seats, leatherette upholstery, and GM’s OnStar concierge and safety connectivity.
The XT5 Premium adds $7,000 worth of leather, heated seats, parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a panoramic moonroof. We’d add the Driver Awareness Package that adds automatic emergency braking and active lane control, lane departure warnings, and automatic high-beam headlights. Navigation, Bose audio, and 20-inch alloy wheels are also available.
The XT5 Premium Luxury includes the Luxury trims’s two option packages plus LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, and an adjustable suspension. Adaptive cruise control and full-speed automatic emergency braking are also available.
Topping the lineup, the XT5 Platinum is pricey but feels almost worth its cost thanks to its upgraded leather trim, head-up display, and 8.0-inch instrument cluster screen. Surprisingly, advanced active safety tech is optional on the Platinum.
All versions of the XT5 share an infotainment system that’s flawed but functional. It’s flashy, if light on utility. For instance, instead of a volume knob, users must swipe a finger across a capacitive bar.
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