2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X1’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The XT5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X1 and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Cadillac XT5:

 

X1

XT5

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

187

318

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

31%

51.8%

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

251 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Cadillac XT5:

 

X1

XT5

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

637 lbs.

825 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

278

399

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

39 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT5’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XT5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 20 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X1 is faster than the Cadillac XT5:

 

X1

XT5

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

17.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:

 

 

 

MPG

X1

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

XT5

 

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Cadillac XT5 (6). This means the X1 produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XT5 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X1’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 X1 stops shorter than the XT5:

 

X1

XT5

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The X1’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XT5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the XT5 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the XT5’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The X1’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 650 pounds less than the Cadillac XT5.

The X1 is 1 foot, 2.1 inches shorter than the XT5, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i is quieter than the XT5 AWD:

 

X1

XT5

At idle

40 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space

The X1 has 3.5 inches more front headroom and 3.4 inches more rear headroom than the XT5.

Ergonomics

The X1’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 X1 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XT5 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X1’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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X1 will cost $550 to $2785 less than the XT5 over a five-year period.

The X1 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X1 will retain 48.72% to 48.91% of its original price after five years, while the XT5 only retains 42.64% to 43.55%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X1 will be $7173 to $25065 less than for the Cadillac XT5.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XT5 isn’t in the top three.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The XT5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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