2020 Cadillac XT6

Interior


MSRP
$52,695
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2020 Cadillac XT6 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.1

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 has an incredibly quiet interior, but the cabin still doesn't rate among the best in the class. Though the XT6 looks good inside and features some premium materials, several rivals are more opulent and stylish.

The XT6 features three rows of seats in its spacious cabin. Though they're fairly comfortable, the seats could use more support. A user-friendly infotainment system headlines a lengthy standard features list. The XT6 has a high maximum cargo capacity, but there's not much space with all seats in the upright position.

  • The interior is also quiet and solidly built. Cadillac has gotten better at using premium materials. Most everything you touch in the 2020 XT6 feels sturdy and upscale. But in terms of design and execution, it still lags behind competitors in creating a holistic impression of high-end luxury. Cadillac is edging ever closer to being competitive with other luxury brands, and many of the components are in place. But the brand still hasn't quite cracked the code in terms of translating its vision into a final product." -- Edmunds
  • And while the Cadillac's interior could be nicer, it is a fair sight more impressive and usable than the Acura and Infiniti interiors. However, the same could not be said in reference to the Volvo's gorgeous cabin, and based on what we saw at the L.A. Auto Show, the upcoming Lincoln Aviator's cabin should put on a much fancier show than its American competitor manages." -- Autoblog
  • Inside, the materials and finish definitely seem like a step up from the examples we saw at the Detroit show in January. It's not as plush as the high-end German examples, but there is definitely less plastic than I remember." -- Forbes

Seating

The XT6 seats up to seven and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Ventilated front seats, second-row captain's chairs (which drop seating capacity to six), and heated second-row seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH car seat connectors in the second row, and there are two tether anchors in the third row.

The good news about the XT6 is that all three rows of seats have enough space to accommodate adult passengers. That's rare, especially for a midsize SUV. Even better, it's easy to get in and out of the XT6's third row. The seats are comfortable enough that you won't hate long drives, but the seats in rivals are more accommodating overall.

  • "Headroom is excellent in all three rows of seats. Legroom in the third row is surprisingly good. There's enough room between the second-row captain's seats to walk through to the rear seat. Sliding the second row forward also provides acceptable rear access." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • The interior is usably roomy, and 6-foot-tall adults will fit in all three rows. The third row has a slightly higher floor and a slightly lower roof, so the seating position is a bit more awkward for tall passengers. The seats themselves are also firm and flat, offering less support than the buckets in the first and second rows. Firmness is an issue in all three rows, making it seem like Cadillac was trying to make them sporty bucket seats. But at the same time, there's not enough lateral bolstering for passengers' torsos to keep them in place during aggressive cornering. We also have complaints … the relative shortness of the front-seat cushions. Our taller drivers feel like they lack sufficient thigh support. In general, we think most people will be comfortable, even after hours in the vehicle. But these seats fall into a bit of an awkward middle ground. They don't really fade into the background like some luxury seats or hug you like sport seats." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats aren't particularly impressive either, as they're flat and not very supportive. More lumbar and bolstering would help." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features in the XT6 include a sunroof, Teen Driver, tri-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, and the CUE infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, six USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a safety alert seat that vibrates to alert the driver of hazards in conjunction with the other safety systems.

Available active safety features include a rearview camera mirror, adaptive cruise control, automatic park assist, a surround-view parking camera system, a recorder that lets you record surround-view images on an SD card, a head-up display, reverse automatic emergency braking, and Night Vision infrared pedestrian and large animal detection.

There are plenty of standard features in the XT6, including an impressive array of driver assistance technology. At the hub of everything is the CUE infotainment system. It features a rotary controller in addition to the touch screen, giving you a couple of different ways to adjust settings. The system can be a little slow at times, and some rival infotainment systems feature larger screens and/or less-complex interfaces. That said, CUE is fairly intuitive and reasonably responsive, and it's pretty user-friendly overall.

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  • Cadillac's Cue infotainment system improves with the addition of a new rotary knob just ahead of the shifter, although it remains less intuitive than BMW's iDrive or the (outgoing) Audi MMI system." -- Car and Driver
  • "In the cabin, Cadillac's User Experience (CUE) technology also gets an overhaul. … The new software is great, with an interface that's much easier to navigate. It can be a bit slow to boot up when you first start the car, but once it gets going, Infotainment 3.5 is snappy and crisply rendered." -- CNET
  • Cadillac's technology features are easy to use, with a very simple 8-inch touchscreen interface. The newest iteration features an improved rotary knob infotainment selector. It has a jog function, allowing you to tap the controller in a cardinal direction to switch between menus and screens. It's not the best knob-based system we've used – the screen is still optimized for touch – but it's getting better. …. The screen is sharp, with good-looking graphics and navigation maps. It's small for the luxury segment, so the available surround-view camera display is squeezed down into relatively little real estate. We can't help but think that Cadillac would benefit from using a 10-inch screen." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The XT6 provides 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats. Fold the third row down, and you get 43.1 cubic feet. With the second- and third-row seats folded, the XT6 has 78.7 cubic feet of cargo space. A hands-free power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats come standard. Remote-folding second-row seats are available.

While many other three-row luxury midsize SUVs have more room behind the last row of seats, most competitors don't have as much overall cargo space as this Cadillac.

  • Trunk space could be an issue if you also need to use the third row. With the third row in place, so much of the trunk is occupied that there's basically only room for some grocery bags. You're not taking three rows of people to the airport, that's for sure. The third row folds down at the touch of a button, at least. And once it's folded, you get a very large cargo area." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space behind the rear seat is cramped – 12.6 cubic feet, smaller than the Q7 and MDX, but bigger than the RX 350L and XC90." -- The Detroit Free Press
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