2019 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Cullinan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Escalade are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Cullinan doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Escalade has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Cullinan doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Cullinan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Escalade and the Cullinan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, around view monitors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.


Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the Escalade 2 years longer than Rolls-Royce covers the Cullinan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Cullinan ends after only 4 years.

The Escalade’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Cullinan’s (6 vs. 4 years).

There are over 25 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escalade’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Escalade gets better fuel mileage than the Cullinan:




6.2 OHV V8

14 city/23 hwy


6.2 OHV V8

14 city/21 hwy



6.7 turbo V12

12 city/20 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade’s fuel efficiency. The Cullinan doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Escalade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cullinan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


For more complete vehicle control the Escalade has Hydro-Matic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. Hydro-Matic allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The Cullinan doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac Escalade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Cullinan.

Tires and Wheels

The Escalade has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cullinan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Escalade’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the Cullinan’s (39 feet vs. 43.4 feet).


The Cadillac Escalade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 500 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

The Escalade is 6.4 inches shorter than the Cullinan, making the Escalade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Escalade has standard flush composite headlights. The Cullinan has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Escalade uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Cullinan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Escalade uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cullinan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Escalade offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Cullinan can only carry up to 5.

The Escalade has 8.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cullinan (120.8 vs. 112).

Cargo Capacity

The Escalade’s cargo area provides more volume than the Cullinan.



Third Seat Folded

51.6 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


43.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.2 cubic feet

68.2 cubic feet

The Escalade’s available rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Cullinan w/Executive Rear Seats doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

The Escalade’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Cullinan’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.


The Escalade has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cullinan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Escalade’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Cullinan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Escalade is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Cullinan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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