2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT5’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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 X2’s reliability 22 points higher than the XT5.

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

The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 271) than the XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Cadillac XT5:

 

X2

XT5

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.9 sec

11.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.5 sec

17.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

XT5

 

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’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 X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Cadillac XT5 (6). This means the X2 produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XT5 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X2’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 X2 stops much shorter than the XT5:

 

X2

XT5

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X2’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 X2’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 available on the X2 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 X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the XT5 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the XT5 AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the XT5’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The X2’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (37.2 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Cadillac XT5.

The X2 is 1 foot, 5.3 inches shorter than the XT5, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the XT5 AWD:

 

X2

XT5

At idle

37 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

The X2 has 1.4 inches more front headroom and 1.1 inches more rear headroom than the XT5.

Ergonomics

The X2’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 X2 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 X2’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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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