2020 Cadillac XT6 vs. 2020 BMW X5

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT6 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 XT6 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The X5 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the XT6 and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, night vision systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT6 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT6’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT6’s fuel efficiency. The X5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT6 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The XT6 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 X5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Cadillac XT6 higher (6 out of 10) than the BMW X5 (3). This means the XT6 produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X5 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X5.

Brakes and Stopping

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The XT6 stops shorter than the X5:

XT6

X5

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the X5.

The Cadillac XT6’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The BMW X5 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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The XT6 Sport AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the X5 xDrive50i pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XT6’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the X5’s (39.1 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Cadillac XT6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The XT6 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The XT6 has 1.4 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the X5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XT6’s middle row seats recline. The X5’s middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The XT6’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.

XT6

X5

Third Seat Folded

43.1 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

33.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

78.7 cubic feet

72.3 cubic feet

The XT6’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’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.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 33% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XT6 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The XT6 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the X5.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac XT6 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the X5.

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