2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Cadillac XT5

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Safety

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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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X2 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT5 was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XT5.

Reliability

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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 33 points higher than the XT5.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The XT5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 13 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 271) than the XT5’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X2 is faster than the Cadillac XT5 V6:

X2

X2 M35i

XT5

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

4.6 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.9 sec

n/a

11.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.5 sec

11.9 sec

17.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

3.6 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

13.3 sec

15.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

X2

XT5

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto to

24 city/32 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

18 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/31 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

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.

Transmission

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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

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For better stopping power the X2 M35i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XT5:

X2 M35i

XT5

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

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

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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 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 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 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

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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

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The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 600 pounds less than the Cadillac XT5.

The X2 is 1 foot, 5.4 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

Ergonomics

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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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The X2’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the XT5’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

Economic Advantages

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The X2 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X2 will retain 46.55% to 52.31% of its original price after five years, while the XT5 only retains 38.6% to 39.93%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X2 will be $7052 to $7530 less than for the Cadillac XT5.

Recommendations

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

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