2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac XT5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Allroad has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The XT5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Allroad has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XT5 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Allroad. But it costs extra on the XT5.

Both the Allroad and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT5’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the XT5’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Allroad’s reliability 32 points higher than the XT5.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 21 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Allroad is faster than the Cadillac XT5:

 

Allroad

XT5

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

17.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

93 MPH

Transmission

The Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XT5 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The XT5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The Allroad stops much shorter than the XT5:

 

Allroad

XT5

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the XT5 (245/45R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Allroad’s tires are lower profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the XT5 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT5 AWD (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XT5’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Allroad’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Allroad is 7.2 inches shorter in height than the XT5, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The Allroad has .7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear headroom than the XT5.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XT5. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Allroad’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT5’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Allroad the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the XT5 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Allroad’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XT5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Allroad has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The XT5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

The Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Allroad will retain 50.32% to 50.79% of its original price after five years, while the XT5 only retains 42.64% to 43.55%.

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