Cadillac's high pricing starts to make a lot more sense once you take a closer look at the interior. Not only is it spacious, but Caddy includes a lot of standard features from the base model upwards. The seats are incredibly comfortable, but we think the most significant secret lies with luxury features siphoning down to the entry-level car. When it was launched, the base XT5 was a bit mediocre specification-wise. But over the years, Cadillac kept adding more to it, with the highlight having been the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the 2021 model. The high-res infotainment is also easy to understand.
The interior is high-quality in places, but there are too many cheap plastics on display among the plusher surfaces. It features some excellent design elements though, and we like the steering wheel's look, as it's a nice blend of modern leather and buttons with an attractive old-school wooden strip running underneath it.
The cabin is large enough to seat five adults, with the only drawback being the sloping roofline. Even so, rear headroom is acceptable at 38.4 inches without a sunroof, and 36.6 with one. Front headroom is 39.7 inches, similarly dropping to 37.9 inches with a sunroof. The XT5 excels in the legroom department, with front passengers getting 41.2 inches and rear passengers getting 39 inches.
An eight-way heated and power-adjustable driver's seat and six-way power-adjustable and heated passenger seat are standard in the base model, upgrading to eight-way power adjustment for both seats in the Premium Luxury and Sport, with driver's memory. The C-pillars create large blind spots, and, sadly, blind-spot monitoring is not standard fitment on the base model.
|Cadillac XT5 Trims||Luxury||Premium Luxury||Sport|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.7 in.||37.9 in.||37.9 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.4 in.||36.6 in.||36.6 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.2 in.||41.2 in.||41.2 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||39 in.||39 in.||39 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||58.3 in.||58.3 in.||58.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||56.3 in.||56.3 in.||56.3 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||54.8 in.||54.8 in.||54.8 in.|
The base Luxury model only has one option: Jet Black InteLuxe leatherette. The Premium Luxury gets leather upholstery with mini-perforated inserts, available in Jet Black, Cirrus, or Sedona Sauvage, but the Sport trim loses out on the Sedona Sauvage option and only gets the other two. Kona Brown Sauvage will cost you $1,445 extra, though. Jet Black and Maple Sugar semi-aniline leather seats with Chevron inserts are available as a no-cost extra on the Premium Luxury, but you have to opt for any one of three 20-inch alloy wheel options to get them, adding anything from $1,700 to $3,095 to the price. On the Sport, which already comes with 20-inch wheels, these two semi-aniline leather options require the addition of the Technology and Platinum packages to the tune of nearly $8,000.
The Cadillac manages to outclass most of its rivals in this department, offering 30 cubic feet of storage space with all seats in place. That's ample space for the daily grind, as well as the monthly grocery shop or a week away with the family. If you need more space, the rear seats can be folded down, which more than doubles the cargo space to 63 cubes. Interior storage includes the obligatory center armrest bin, a small storage space next to the shifter, four cupholders, and a glove compartment.
From the base model upwards, Cadillac includes a lot of standard features. Driver assistance features include basic cruise control, a teen driver system, forward collision avoidance, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a high-definition rearview camera. The standard luxury item list is seriously impressive, consisting of an eight-way power driver's seat (six-way for passenger), heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, keyless entry and ignition, and a leather-trimmed tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
The Premium Luxury trim adds auto-dimming interior and driver-side exterior rearview mirrors, heating for the steering wheel, a power sunroof, and a hands-free power liftgate. In terms of safety, it adds lane-change alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The XT5 comes as standard with an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with an HD display. This is still on the small side compared to some rivals, but the high-definition display and intuitive interface make it easy to use. It now supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition to all of that, you also get Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM, and the ability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. Premium Luxury and Sport models add navigation from this year. Four USB ports are standard, while the Premium Luxury adds a wireless charging pad.
An eight-speaker Bose sound system is standard, but a 14-speaker Bose system is available. You can add a rear entertainment system on the top two trims, consisting of two eight-inch screens and wireless headphones if you have little ones.