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2017 Cadillac XT5 Walk Around


In contrast to the sharply creased, chiseled look that identified Cadillacs a decade ago, the XT5 has a softer, curvaceously organic appearance. A few elements of the past remain, such as vertical-style lights and a bold grille.

Overall, the look may be considered less assertive, yet more attractive and even somewhat flamboyant. Highlights include crisply-shaped fenders, abundant brightwork, and a front end that stands out with its dramatic LED lighting.

Interior

More sophisticated than the SRX, the Cadillac XT5 gives rear passengers three additional inches of leg space. Yet, headroom is seriously tight, resulting from upright seats and an arching roofline, not ideal for adults riding in the rear.

Front seats are excellent: a bit firm, with ample thigh support, helped by extendable cushions. The split back seat folds flat and also slides fore/aft several inches, to allow extra space for either occupants or cargo. A ratcheting fence helps keep grocery bags and small items from sliding around the cargo area.

Cabin details impress, with meticulous detailing and craftsmanship. Cut-and-sewn leather trim contrasts with a choice of woods, aluminum, or carbon fiber. Tasteful and attractive, the interior rivals top luxury models from Japan and Germany. The dashboard has a horizontal aspect, with a central touchscreen.

Cadillac’s CUE interface has been upgraded, using a swifter processor, but it can still frustrate users. Wireless phone charging, wi-fi via a 4G LTE hotspot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included.

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