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2018 Cadillac XT5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Cadillac XT5 was new.


Interior: 8.0

The interior of the 2018 Cadillac XT5 is elegant in an understated way. Materials are top-notch and include genuine wood inlays and supple leather seats on the options list. The seats are cushy in the front and include slide and recline functions for added comfort in the back, but the overall space feels a little closed-in for some. Cargo space is average for the class.

  • "The interior materials are a cut above the old SRX's, with attractive perforated leather and metal accents that have a matte silver finish. The piano black touch points unfortunately show fingerprints and smears." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "The quality of the materials in the XT5 is impressive: the leather is pleasantly soft, the stitching on the dash and doors is actual stitching. Accents that look like wood and aluminum are the real thing. The layout is clean and fresh." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)


The XT5 is a 2-row SUV with seating for five people. It comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and rear seats that slide and recline. Cadillac also offers various upgraded leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear-outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel.

For child safety seats, there are three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors in the back seat. Most of the hardware is easy to find and takes little effort to use. However, the lower anchors behind the driver's seat are hidden in the seat cushion, and some other hardware in the cargo area can be confused for the tether anchors, so caregivers will need to double-check that they are using the correct anchors.

The seats are reasonably cushy and spacious. However, a few imperfections mar overall comfort, including a slight shortage of space above and to the sides, and more road noise than a Cadillac should allow.

  • "The XT5 is suitably comfortable. Seat comfort is a high point, and the ride is smooth, well-mannered and never feels bouncy. But it isn't as quiet as it ought to be, particularly at low speeds around town where engine accessory drive noises are evident." -- Edmunds
  • "Front seats are on the firm side and have plenty of support at the thighs (with extendable lower cushions). While we'd like to report that the XT5 makes tremendous gains in interior space, it doesn't; in back, the space is definitely tight for headroom for six-footers (mainly because of the huge panoramic roof, which grabs an inch or two of headroom all around. The back seat does slide fore and aft a few inches, to rejigger the mix of cargo space and legroom …, but overall, with about 3 inches more of official legroom than before, the new SRX feels smaller than it should from the back seat." -- The Washington Post (2017)
  • "The good news is that the driver ergonomics are excellent and seats are comfortable. That's worth reiterating; the seat shape felt just a little optimized for people on the slim side but the cushioning was in a nice Goldilocks zone between soft and taut." -- Jalopnik (2017)

Interior Features

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

Upgraded amenities include a panoramic sunroof, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system. You can also select from an extensive list of safety features, including front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, a safety alert seat, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward and reverse automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, Intellibeam (Cadillac's name for automatic high beams), a rear-camera mirror, a surround-vision camera, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and active park assist.

Cadillac's CUE infotainment interface features a straightforward menu layout. It comes standard with user favorites like smartphone integration – to link with your favorite phone apps – and extra USB ports to charge multiple devices at the same time. The system has a few quirky design elements, though, including a sliding bar on the touch screen for volume control. One of the XT5's notable technology traits is its robust array of available advanced safety systems, including a self-parking system and a rear-camera mirror. When activated, the rear-camera mirror displays a camera feed in the rearview mirror rather than a reflection.

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  • "The infotainment system response time is better than before, which makes the logical touchscreen menus flow smoother. But the screen seems small because of all the virtual buttons in the margins. The touch-sensitive volume slider seems like a styling gimmick." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "And as with all other Cadillac models, the XT5 offers the 4G wireless connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto—all through the flawed-yet-functional CUE interface, which continued to frustrate here with a capacitive volume bar framing the bottom of the touch screen, where both me and my co-driver tend to rest parts of our hand while making screen selections." -- The Washington Post (2017)


In the back of the XT5, there is 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats. The rear seats fold with a 40/20/40 split. Lay these down, and you get a flat cargo floor and a 63-cubic-foot space. These dimensions are about average for luxury 2-row SUVs. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

  • "We found the XT5's main cargo hold to be well-shaped and accommodating, though we can't say the same about small-item storage in the front of the cabin. The high point is a hidden purse cubby, but the center console is not nearly as big inside as it appears outside." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

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