2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE VS 2019 Cadillac XT5
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5: Performance
The 2019 Cadillac XT5 is a comfortable cruiser with stable, if boring, handling and good acceleration. Compared with other luxury midsize SUVs, however, the XT5’s performance is a bit lackluster. The lone available engine is a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. It has more than enough power for city and highway driving, but shoppers interested in brute power may have to look elsewhere. Front-wheel drive is standard. With a well-planted ride, the XT5 should appeal to comfort-oriented shoppers. While it has stable handling, some may find its driving dynamics mundane.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5: Feature Comparison
The 2019 Cadillac XT5’s cabin consists of lush, high-quality materials, including standard leatherette upholstery and wood accents. It has a decent amount of space throughout the interior, there’s seating for five in the 2-row XT5. The seats are supportive and well-cushioned, but the front row has a high center armrest that impedes elbow room, and outward visibility could be better. The panoramic sunroof found in many models hinder rear-seat headroom. A CUE infotainment system comes standard in the XT5 and includes an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, *Bluetooth®, four USB ports, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio. The infotainment system itself is decent, but it features a touch-sensitive volume slider that many find frustrating to use. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a rearview camera, and rear park assist.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5: Overall Comparison
The 2019 Cadillac XT5 finishes near the bottom of the luxury midsize SUV rankings. It has a comfortable ride and a V6 engine with enough power for city and highway driving. There’s not much to dislike about the the XT5, aside from it’s mundane handling, but nothing about it stands out either. If you’re interested in a budget-friendly luxury midsize SUV with a classy cabin and a compliant ride, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 is a fine contender. However, the XT5’s dull handling makes it a poor choice for performance-minded shoppers.
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