2020 Cadillac XT6 review: Bigger, but only a little better

The XT6 is a new model for Cadillac and its very first a few-row unibody SUV in above a decade, but it just isn’t rather “all-new.” Beneath the new design and style are common bones: a system and powertrain shared with other GM SUVs, from the Buick Enclave to the Chevrolet Blazer to Cadillac’s have XT5. 

Like

  • Sharp exterior design and style and spacious cabin.
  • Current infotainment is a huge advancement.
  • Cozy and quiet, even with Activity upgrades.

You should not Like

  • Cadillac’s Super Cruise tech just isn’t obtainable… however.
  • The Lincoln Aviator is a way better selection.

Enlarged design and style

When you get down to it, the XT6 is mainly a somewhat much larger variation of the Cadillac XT5. The XT6 is more time (198.8 inches compared to 189.six) but with a wheelbase that, at 112.seven inches, is only .2-inch more time than the smaller model. The extra duration frees up place for the aforementioned third row, bumping capability up to 7 passengers — or six with the optional next-row captains chairs. The way-back again is also fairly spacious, claiming a generous 37.2 inches of headroom and 29.five inches of legroom for third-row passengers. The spaciousness extends to the cargo space wherever the XT6 features 12.six cubic toes guiding the motorized third-row bench and up to seventy eight.seven cubes with both equally rows tucked absent — about 16 cubic toes much more than its smaller XT5 sibling.

The much larger XT6 wears Cadillac’s present-day design and style language well and I like its sharp styling, which is capped off by even sharper vertical LED taillamps and daytime running lights up entrance. The Activity Platinum model you see here also highlighted gloss black trim, which helps the jewel-like LED headlamps pop, as well as a dark-mesh grille. Meanwhile, the flanks are stuffed by twenty-inch alloy wheels.

Within, the XT6 Activity Platinum is fairly darn high-class, with good leather-based seats for all a few rows, leather-based trim and woven carbon-copper accents. Some could connect with this glance dated — and I see wherever they’re coming from — but I kinda dig it. At the really the very least, it is a whole lot better set alongside one another than some of Cadillac’s other modern solutions. 

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Driver aid and basic safety tech

Going with the Platinum trim amount also rolls in virtually each individual tech bell and whistle in Caddy’s arsenal, from a Bose functionality audio system — which life at the high stop of “seems fairly fantastic” but not rather “audiophile” — to a total suite of driver-assistance and basic safety tech.

Cadillac’s a few-row SUV is related to the GMC Acadia measurement-wise.


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This illustrations will come with adaptive cruise management that operates in stop-and-go traffic and total-speed automated crisis braking that also operates when reversing, which is a fantastic basic safety net when backing out of a parking place. For obtaining into spaces, the XT6 can just take benefit of automated parking guide that can both equally parallel and reverse-perpendicular park, and encompass vision cameras that aid when accomplishing it your self. The cameras pull double-responsibility when you happen to be absent from the SUV, working as electronic video recorders that can capture proof of doorway dings and fender benders. This feed is sent to an SD card in the glove compartment.

Of the myriad options obtainable on this Activity Platinum model, the a person I would skip is the $2,000 night time vision up grade. Between the excellent LED headlamps and the automated high-beam guide, I assume infrared night time vision of really minimal utility is kind of unwanted, and would relatively hold my eyes focused as a result of the windshield relatively than constantly glancing at the instrument cluster display screen. 

New CUE infotainment

1 of the most significant enhancements the XT6 ushers in is the new technology of Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment. The new typical system is primarily a re-skin of the excellent GM Infotainment three system that you can find in the new Chevrolet Blazer and the just lately reviewed Buick Enclave.

The new 8-inch touchscreen interface is really phone-esque with an icon-based mostly household display screen and a bar for shortcuts alongside the lower edge, which helps make hopping concerning the distinct functions speedy and effortless. The full setup ought to be intuitive to any person who’s utilized a present day smartphone and is conveniently customizable by holding and dragging icons all around the household display.

Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay are typical for those who’d relatively convey their have apps and maps, but the OEM software package contains a myriad of preferred 4G LTE-related apps of its have, from Spotify to Glympse to iHeartRadio and much more. Even the onboard navigation is enhanced with capabilities like predictive route recommendations and related vacation spot lookup.

Variable in the membership-based mostly OnStar 4G LTE connectivity that powers cloud-based mostly person profile syncing, remote car or truck checking and onboard Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 products — a several months of no cost services are bundled to get you commenced — and Cadillac’s dashboard is a revolution above the outdated CUE tech, which was fairly horrible.

Like the other versions of Infotainment three, the new CUE is a touchscreen system, but differs from the rest with the addition of a physical management wheel on the center console. This lets the interface to be navigated with a twist or faucet, and capabilities hardware shortcuts for quantity, skip, map, phone and audio resource. The controller won’t operate fantastic with Android Vehicle or Apple CarPlay and just isn’t as intuitive as just touching the display, but it is good that the solution is there for those who prefer physical controls.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum AWD

The XT6 ushers in a new and enhanced technology of dashboard tech based mostly on GM’s Infotainment three suite. 


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On the highway

Like its sibling and system-mates, the 2020 XT6 is powered by GM’s LGX three.six-liter V6 engine coupled with a 9-speed automated transmission. Output is rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-toes of torque. (Convert the torque determine to Newton-meters and you get 367 which, liberally rounded up, is how you reveal that silly “four hundred” badge on the tailgate.)

The XT6’s V6 is clean at the lower- to midrange, if a bit wheezy at the best stop. This feels like a snug workhorse of an engine for much more calm family-hauling, grocery-obtaining driving designs — which is in line with my observations with the virtually similar powertrain in the Enclave.

Entrance-wheel generate is typical with optional all-wheel generate, but which AWD system you get depends on the trim amount decided on. Premium Luxury XT6 AWD types function torque on-need to the rear axle with an open rear differential. Activity types up grade to a dual-clutch rear diff that lets the SUV to carry out rear-axle torque vectoring (which operates together with entrance axle brake-torque vectoring) for better energy delivery and stability although aggressively cornering. 

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum AWD

Activity types glance and really feel sharper than the Premium Luxury trim, but the functionality nevertheless skews strongly in the direction of comfort and quietness. 


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Activity types also function typical electronically adjustable active dampers, much more intense throttle and change programming, a more rapidly steering ratio and hefty-responsibility cooling factors. Even with the Activity upgrades, the XT6 is a really comfort-oriented SUV. Like the much larger Enclave, the XT6 rides effortlessly and quietly above uneven pavement and features fantastic equilibrium and management all around bends at realistic speeds. The Cadillac has a tiny much more wiggle area for much more intense throttle when exiting corners, but it is nowhere around as sporty or potent as the Lincoln Aviator.

Gas financial state is fairly fantastic many thanks to systems like stop-start off (which you can disable if you want) and variable displacement cylinder deactivation underneath light-weight load. The EPA reckons twenty miles for every gallon blended for entrance-wheel-generate types, breaking out to eighteen mpg metropolis and 25 mpg highway. Optioning all-wheel generate knocks the metropolis and highway estimates down by a person, but curiously won’t have an impact on the twenty-mpg blended estimate. I finished my week — which bundled some fuel-hungry video generation and intense driving — at 15.2 mpg, but you can almost certainly do better.

Is this the SUV for you?

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 begins at $52,695 for the Premium Luxury trim with its much more snug steering and suspension setup, or $fifty seven,095 for the Activity model with its functionality upgrades. Going with the Activity sharpens the glance and functionality, but will not be expecting as well substantially of a big difference in athleticism for the revenue.

My illustration is also equipped with the Platinum package. This is technically a $three,seven-hundred solution, but has so lots of package stipulations — Visibility and Tech Deal, Driver Support Deal, Comfort and ease and Air High quality Deal — that it mainly adds $10,000 to the bottom line. All in, this illustration rolls out with a $71,190 sticker value which includes $995 for vacation spot expenses and a several added options. 

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum AWD

I enjoyed the XT6 — specially the glance — but it struggles when cross-shopped with the new Lincoln Aviator.


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I definitely appreciate the 2020 Cadillac XT6. I dig the sharp design, the snug experience and most of the bells and whistles. In a vacuum, I would have no challenge recommending it. Even so, this SUV exists together with some rigid opposition. At the lower trim levels, the XT6’s realistic value (and generous incentives) assistance, but as the options pile on, the Cadillac gets to be significantly less of a price proposition and much more of a tricky promote above the European opposition — BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Course, Volvo XC90 — and, most notably, the new Lincoln Aviator, which is just a substantially better SUV, whether you happen to be conversing energy, capabilities or tech.

Except if you definitely love the glance — probably the sole benefit I give the XT6 above the Aviator — I would hold out to see if a midcycle update provides Super Cruise, a killer technologies that could even the enjoying field a whole lot.