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2017 Cadillac XT5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Cadillac XT5 was new.


Interior: 7.5

The first edition of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 features a quality cabin that you'll enjoy climbing into. There are premium materials throughout the interior, including leather, suede, and wood. The cabin is well-insulated, so you won't have to worry about outside noise disrupting conversations with your passengers.

The XT5 has supportive front seats, though they may be a little snug for larger drivers' tastes. The rear seats have plenty of room, and they slide and recline, allowing everyone to get comfortable. The XT5's center stack has a clean look, and all of the controls are reachable. The infotainment system is easy to use, and there are plenty of driver assistance features.

When it comes to cargo space, the XT5 is decent compared with similarly sized 2-row midsize SUVs, but its rating is on the low end of the class overall. However, its cargo area has several features, such as wide doors and an available hands-free power liftgate, that make it easy to load items. There are plenty of places in the cabin to stow purses, tablets, and other small items.

  • "The XT5's interior is one lush swath of stitched leather cladding the dash, console, door panels, and seats. Surfaces that look like leather, suede, wood, aluminum, or carbon fiber are actually made of those materials. The same can be said of hard-plastic panels, which thankfully are few in number and located below knee level." -- Car and Driver
  • "And like BMW, Cadillac minimizes knobs and buttons on the dashboard of the XT5, greatly simplifying the look. However, Cadillac favors more plush materials on cabin surfaces in contrast to BMW's more spartan approach." -- CNET
  • "Starting up the XT5, there's something noticeable by its absence: noise. Sure, you can hear the engine, but the cabin is so much quieter than the SRX. It's easy to have a conversation with your voice at normal levels -- or even speaking with hushed tones. The interior ensures you and your friends are isolated from the sounds of the road, without being completely detached from the environment." -- Kelley Blue Book


The XT5 has a roomy interior that seats five. The power-adjustable front seats are designed to be more supportive than cushioned, but they may not be wide enough for larger drivers to be comfortable.

The rear seats offer an ample amount of legroom for adults to ride comfortably. You may wish for more headroom, but that is a fixable problem because the rear seats recline and slide, allowing you to adjust them until you're well-situated. The rear seats also feature USB ports, making it easy to charge your mobile device.

Leatherette upholstery comes standard in the XT5, but if that isn't your style, you can upgrade to leather seats, which come in several color choices. There are also available features like heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel, all of which are welcome touches on a cold winter morning.

  • "Cadillac's best work is the XT5's versatile back seat. This chair-high perch splits in 40/20/40 sections and folds nearly flat for cargo hauling. The bottom cushion slides fore-and-aft 5.5 inches and the backrest tilts 12 degrees in five steps to provide near-limo comfort for two. (There are seatbelts for three.)" -- Car and Driver
  • "We do like the XT5's spacious interior. The second row will feel roomy to normal-sized adults, with plenty of knee- and legroom -- enough to cross your legs. … Rear headroom is a little tight, but you can recline the rear seatbacks to give yourself some extra space. The second row also slides forward and back, either benefiting legroom or storage space. Backseat passengers will also appreciate the two USB ports for charging devices." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are meant to be sporty rather than squishy, but we wonder if they are large enough for a good number of potential drivers." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Standard features in the XT5 include dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, a rearview camera, integrated wireless charging for mobile devices, and the CUE infotainment system with voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot also comes standard.

Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, and an upgraded CUE system with navigation.

There is a litany of available driver assistance features, including a head-up display, a following distance indicator that warns if you get too close to the vehicle in front of you, front pedestrian detection, automatic braking for front and rear low-speed collisions, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rear camera mirror system, and automatic park assist.

Audiophiles will appreciate the quality of the standard Bose sound system, but if you really want to jam out, you can get the upgraded Bose sound system, which has six extra speakers.

The CUE infotainment system controls most of the in-vehicle functions. The system is intuitive and responsive – a vast improvement over previous editions of the CUE system. All of the controls are easy to reach, and many of them are physical buttons. However, the volume control is just a touch-screen slider, which sometimes proves more difficult to use than a traditional volume knob.

The XT5 features Cadillac's new rear camera mirror system, which incorporates streaming video into the traditional rearview mirror. No other vehicle in the class offers this feature. The rearview mirror displays the video feed from a wide-view camera that’s mounted at the rear of the car, so obstacles like roof pillars or back-seat passengers are eliminated from the view you'd have with a traditional mirror. The rear mirror camera makes it easy to tell what's behind the car, but it does take some time to get used to it. If you don't like the system, you can disable it.

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  • "Speaking of entertainment, Cadillac's updated CUE system is a breeze, featuring new tricks like a proximity sensor that brings up extra menus, though it's mostly the ergonomics in the XT5 that impress us over the course of a day. This is one of those rare vehicles where everything is within easy reach -- no need to tilt forward and stretch out your right arm to scroll through Sirius stations." -- AutoWeek
  • "The oft-criticized CUE infotainment system soldiers on, but its processor is faster and its graphics improved. Plus, for many of the controls, including those for the HVAC system, what appear to be flush haptic surfaces are actually buttons with real indents. Better. Further, the XT5 comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi is there for connecting on the go." -- Motor Trend
  • "One extra we remain not fully convinced about is the Rear Camera Mirror system, essentially a camera display in place of a conventional mirror. Cadillac says that it digitally removes obstacles like passengers, the roof, and pillars, improving vision by 300 percent. Although we found the system a little difficult to get used to, as you couldn't focus using your eyes' own depth of field in the same way as you might for a mirror." -- The Washington Post


The XT5 provides 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 63 cubic feet with them folded down. Those numbers are a little below the overall class average, but decent among the 2-row luxury midsize SUVs in the class. The XT5 has more cargo space than rivals like the Lexus RX and BMW X6.

A power liftgate is standard. A hands-free power liftgate, which lets you open the rear hatch by waving your foot under the bumper, is available. The hatch also comes with a memory height function that lets you program how high it opens, helping you avoid vehicle damage in low-ceilinged spaces.

The XT5 makes using the cargo space it has easy for everyone. The cargo floor is flat and the doors are wide, which make loading and organizing cargo a simple task. The 40-20-40 split-folding rear seats give you maximum flexibility when trying to haul larger items, and there is plenty of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "Make no mistake, a crossover's primary business is to carry stuff, and this Cadillac crossover's wide doors, useful storage cubbies, 40-20-40-split folding rear seat, and flat cargo floor all make the loading process far less tortuous than what we're used to, which is usually kind of like packing for the Oregon Trail, only with plastic grocery bags." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The XT5 also has more cargo volume than the SRX and the RX, whether the second row is up or folded flat. You can fold down the 40/20/40 second row however you like, including creating a pass-through for narrow gear such as skis." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cabin storage is another huge plus; GM has used a totally electronic shifter (which is another story), that has freed up space where shift knob mechanisms would usually be to make a little shelf. Pockets are tucked around the driver making it easy to stash a few phones, lens caps or purses." -- Jalopnik

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