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

The XT6 is a new design for Cadillac and its first a few-row unibody SUV in above a 10 years, but it is not pretty “all-new.” Beneath the new style are acquainted bones: a platform and powertrain shared with other GM SUVs, from the Buick Enclave to the Chevrolet Blazer […]

The XT6 is a new design for Cadillac and its first a few-row unibody SUV in above a 10 years, but it is not pretty “all-new.” Beneath the new style are acquainted bones: a platform and powertrain shared with other GM SUVs, from the Buick Enclave to the Chevrolet Blazer to Cadillac’s possess XT5. 


  • Sharp exterior style and spacious cabin.
  • Current infotainment is a substantial improvement.
  • Comfortable and peaceful, even with Sport updates.

Do not Like

  • Cadillac’s Tremendous Cruise tech is not available… however.
  • The Lincoln Aviator is a way far better selection.

Enlarged style

When you get down to it, the XT6 is basically a a little larger version of the Cadillac XT5. The XT6 is lengthier (198.8 inches versus 189.six) but with a wheelbase that, at 112.seven inches, is only .two-inch lengthier than the smaller sized design. The excess length frees up area for the aforementioned third row, bumping capability up to seven travellers — or six with the optional next-row captains chairs. The way-back again is also pretty spacious, professing a generous 37.two inches of headroom and 29.5 inches of legroom for third-row travellers. The spaciousness extends to the cargo region wherever the XT6 boasts twelve.six cubic feet powering the motorized third-row bench and up to seventy eight.seven cubes with both of those rows tucked absent — about sixteen cubic feet far more than its smaller sized XT5 sibling.

The larger XT6 wears Cadillac’s present style language properly and I like its sharp styling, which is capped off by even sharper vertical LED taillamps and daytime operating lights up front. The Sport Platinum design you see below also featured gloss black trim, which will help the jewel-like LED headlamps pop, as properly as a dim-mesh grille. Meanwhile, the flanks are crammed by 20-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the XT6 Sport Platinum is quite darn magnificent, with nice leather-based seats for all a few rows, leather-based trim and woven carbon-copper accents. Some may possibly phone this search dated — and I see wherever they are coming from — but I kinda dig it. At the really minimum, it is really a large amount far better place together than some of Cadillac’s other new merchandise. 


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Driver assist and basic safety tech

Going with the Platinum trim level also rolls in practically each individual tech bell and whistle in Caddy’s arsenal, from a Bose efficiency audio process — which life at the large close of “seems quite superior” but not pretty “audiophile” — to a whole suite of driver-assistance and basic safety tech.

Cadillac’s a few-row SUV is very similar to the GMC Acadia measurement-intelligent.

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This illustrations comes with adaptive cruise management that operates in halt-and-go targeted traffic and whole-pace computerized emergency braking that also operates when reversing, which is a good basic safety net when backing out of a parking area. For receiving into spaces, the XT6 can consider gain of computerized parking guide that can both of those parallel and reverse-perpendicular park, and encompass vision cameras that assist when carrying out it oneself. The cameras pull double-obligation when you’re absent from the SUV, running as digital video recorders that can capture proof of door dings and fender benders. This feed is sent to an SD card in the glove compartment.

Of the myriad solutions available on this Sport Platinum design, the one particular I might skip is the $two,000 night vision upgrade. In between the exceptional LED headlamps and the computerized large-beam guide, I believe infrared night vision of really restricted utility is form of pointless, and would fairly maintain my eyes concentrated by way of the windshield fairly than frequently glancing at the instrument cluster exhibit. 

New CUE infotainment

Just one of the most important improvements the XT6 ushers in is the new era of Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment. The new regular process is fundamentally a re-pores and skin of the exceptional GM Infotainment three process that you’ll come across 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 house exhibit and a bar for shortcuts together the decrease edge, which helps make hopping in between the different functions speedy and straightforward. The full set up need to be intuitive to anybody who’s utilized a contemporary smartphone and is effortlessly customizable by keeping and dragging icons around the house display.

Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay are regular for people who’d fairly deliver their possess apps and maps, but the OEM software program incorporates a myriad of common 4G LTE-related apps of its possess, from Spotify to Glympse to iHeartRadio and far more. Even the onboard navigation is improved with capabilities like predictive route solutions and related spot lookup.

Issue in the membership-based mostly OnStar 4G LTE connectivity that powers cloud-based mostly consumer profile syncing, remote car checking and onboard Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 products — a few months of free of charge company are incorporated to get you started — and Cadillac’s dashboard is a revolution above the outdated CUE tech, which was quite terrible.

Like the other versions of Infotainment three, the new CUE is a touchscreen process, but differs from the rest with the addition of a actual physical management wheel on the heart console. This enables the interface to be navigated with a twist or tap, and capabilities hardware shortcuts for volume, skip, map, phone and audio supply. The controller does not operate good with Android Vehicle or Apple CarPlay and is not as intuitive as just touching the display, but it is really nice that the option is there for people who like actual physical controls.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum AWD

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

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On the road

Like its sibling and platform-mates, the 2020 XT6 is powered by GM’s LGX three.six-liter V6 motor coupled with a 9-pace computerized transmission. Output is rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. (Transform the torque figure to Newton-meters and you get 367 which, liberally rounded up, is how you demonstrate that silly “four hundred” badge on the tailgate.)

The XT6’s V6 is sleek at the minimal- to midrange, if a bit wheezy at the top close. This feels like a at ease workhorse of an motor for far more comfortable spouse and children-hauling, grocery-receiving driving designs — which is in line with my observations with the approximately identical powertrain in the Enclave.

Entrance-wheel drive is regular with optional all-wheel drive, but which AWD process you get depends on the trim level preferred. Premium Luxurious XT6 AWD products attribute torque on-demand to the rear axle with an open rear differential. Sport products upgrade to a dual-clutch rear diff that enables the SUV to accomplish rear-axle torque vectoring (which operates together with front axle brake-torque vectoring) for far better ability delivery and security though aggressively cornering. 

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum AWD

Sport products search and come to feel sharper than the Premium Luxurious trim, but the efficiency still skews strongly towards comfort and ease and quietness. 

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Sport products also attribute regular electronically adjustable energetic dampers, far more aggressive throttle and shift programming, a more rapidly steering ratio and large-obligation cooling factors. Even with the Sport updates, the XT6 is a really comfort and ease-oriented SUV. Like the larger Enclave, the XT6 rides smoothly and quietly above uneven pavement and boasts superior stability and management around bends at acceptable speeds. The Cadillac has a minimal far more wiggle place for far more aggressive throttle when exiting corners, but it is really nowhere near as sporty or powerful as the Lincoln Aviator.

Gas financial state is quite superior many thanks to systems like halt-commence (which you can disable if you want) and variable displacement cylinder deactivation beneath gentle load. The EPA reckons 20 miles for each gallon put together for front-wheel-drive products, breaking out to 18 mpg city and twenty five mpg highway. Optioning all-wheel drive knocks the city and highway estimates down by one particular, but curiously does not impact the 20-mpg put together estimate. I ended my week — which incorporated some fuel-hungry video manufacturing and aggressive driving — at 15.two mpg, but you’ll possibly do far better.

Is this the SUV for you?

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 starts at $fifty two,695 for the Premium Luxurious trim with its far more at ease steering and suspension set up, or $fifty seven,095 for the Sport design with its efficiency updates. Going with the Sport sharpens the search and efficiency, but never hope far too much of a variation in athleticism for the cash.

My illustration is also outfitted with the Platinum offer. This is technically a $three,seven hundred option, but has so several offer prerequisites — Visibility and Tech Package, Driver Guide Package, Ease and comfort and Air High quality Package — that it basically adds $10,000 to the base line. All in, this illustration rolls out with a $71,190 sticker selling price such as $995 for spot fees and a few supplemental solutions. 

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum AWD

I appreciated the XT6 — especially the search — but it struggles when cross-shopped with the new Lincoln Aviator.

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I truly enjoy the 2020 Cadillac XT6. I dig the sharp fashion, the at ease experience and most of the bells and whistles. In a vacuum, I might have no trouble recommending it. Nevertheless, this SUV exists together with some rigid competitors. At the decrease trim stages, the XT6’s acceptable selling price (and generous incentives) assistance, but as the solutions pile on, the Cadillac turns into significantly less of a worth proposition and far more of a hard offer above the European competitors — BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Course, Volvo XC90 — and, most notably, the new Lincoln Aviator, which is just a much far better SUV, regardless of whether you’re chatting ability, capabilities or tech.

Except you truly enjoy the search — probably the sole gain I give the XT6 above the Aviator — I might wait around to see if a midcycle update provides Tremendous Cruise, a killer technology that could even the participating in area a large amount.

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