First of all, I want to tell you that I love SUVs. Not all, of course, but a lot. And when Cadillac announced the new XT6, I was quite excited to see what the American Premium has to offer in the three-row SUV segment. Now, the XT6 is here, and before I give you all the facts about it, I have to admit something.
Despite my fondness for the whole SUV idea, I’m really disappointed by the conventionality, conservatism, and mediocrity of mid-range, mid-priced SUVs. As their market share is growing incredibly fast, I believe that we, the consumers, should be seeing a lot more innovation and weird novelty than what we actually do. And in that regard, we also need to see more differentiation between SUVs.
Their strangely beautiful, plush and comfortable ride just isn’t enough. I want to see more than ‘leading rear seat space’ and a ‘safety suite’ that keeps you away. Since the premium side of the business is obviously much better at creating that X factor, I’ve expected the same from Cadillac.
I’m sorry to admit, but I’m a little disappointed. The XT6 looks good, and I do believe that the Cadillac XT6 as a whole is okay.
But that’s it.
A Cadillac can’t be OK. It must be extraordinary! I’m disappointed because I have a strange gut feeling that it isn’t.
After telling you this, you have every right to call me a jerk or a brat, but first you should know that the price of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 will land somewhere between $50,000 and $55,000. For an entry-level car. That’s not cheap. I need more than OK for that.
10/10 The Cadillac XT6 2020 has no Super Cruise
Cadillac, unlike pretty much all other manufacturers, has a pretty well-designed Super Cruise feature that allows for autonomous driving on the highway. It’s “the world’s first true hands-free highway driver assistance feature,” Cadillac says.
It is by far the most incredible system Cadillac can offer in its cars today. That’s one of the things that can give that X factor to a family SUV like the XT6. But it didn’t happen.
Since its debut, anyone interested in the new XT6 has been asking one question: why the hell didn’t we take the Super Cruise in the new three-row SUV?
Here’s what Steve Carlisle, Senior Vice President and President of Cadillac, said:
“If you think about where we are with our rollout cadence,” he said, “we have to consider, ‘Are we going to Super Cruise in a product that’s nearing the end of its life or are we stopping it early in its life?’ This strategy reflects bringing in at the beginning of its life, not necessarily right at launch, we also want to think about the readiness of the technology.”
Frankly, I have no idea what this means.
On the other hand, General Motors president Mark Reuss said he is responsible for the removal of Super Cruise from the XT6:
“I have great respect for all the people who have worked on Cadillac in the past and are working on it now. I’ll take all the heat because it’s not there, and that’s the way it is.”
This is the most important characteristic that can build character on a family SUV like the XT6. This is exactly the technology that would set it apart from the Traverse and the Acadia on whose architecture it is actually based.
9/10 Inside dimensions Cadillac XT6 2020
While I may rant for days about its lack of character, I have to tell you about some amazing physical features that the Cadillac XT6 is proud to reveal. It is huge inside and the three rows of fantastically luxurious seats offer plenty of space. Actually, I’ve already listed its significant interior inches here compared to its closest competitors.
It’s pretty impressive what the GM engineers have accomplished here. But while the folks inside (up to seven) can have all the comfort they want, the XT6 can’t pull as much as its competitors. It will tow up to 4,000 pounds (with the optional Smart Tow package and a 2-inch receiver). Nothing to watch, but not even close to the Audi Q7s’ 7,700 pound tow value.
|Cadillac XT6||Infiniti QX60||Acura MDX||Audi Q7|
|2nd row||39.1/993||37.3 / 947||38.3 / 973||38.8 / 986|
|3rd row||37.2 / 945||35.0 / 889||35.6 / 904||35.9 / 911|
|2nd row||39.1/994||41.7 / 1059||36.6 / 930||38.8 / 986|
|3rd row||29.5/750||30.8 / 782||28.1 / 714||29.2 / 741|
Luggage compartment comparison Cadilalc XT6 2020
2020 Cadillac XT6 Towing Capacity Comparison
8/10 The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is available in two different trim levels
The 2020 Cadillac XT6, which debuted at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, is available in two different equipment packages named Premium Luxury or Sport. Self-explanatory really, and in line with the rest of the Cadillac lineup. So, let me jump right in and list all the differences between the two.
2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury
-* Exotic wood decor inside
-* Standard with two-wheel drive (optional AWD)
-* Bright Galvano exterior accents
2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport
-* Performance-inspired carbon fiber finish
-* Dark exterior accents
-* 21-inch wheels available
-* Taillights colored slightly differently compared to Premium Luxury lamps
7/10 The 2020 Cadillac XT6 has great third-row seats
The third row is expected to be a big thing in the XT6. After all, Cadillac made this car to accommodate three rows. And Cadillac did well.
In addition, versatility is further enhanced by electrically folding (optional) and electrically sliding the second row of seats.
“Every seat is the best seat in the house,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “From luxurious appointments, comfort and convenience to premium sound and technology features, every passenger gets an optimized experience.”
The rear seats can be electrically deployed from the luggage compartment or the rear door openings at the C-pillar. In addition, the hood is removable and can be stored (in a hidden compartment in the trunk that hides the spare wheel and jack). Correctly!
6/10 The 2020 Cadillac XT6 features Cadillac’s first Bose® Performance Series sound system with 14 custom-tuned speakers
Bose works with a number of high-end car manufacturers, including Porsche, Infiniti and of course Cadillac (GM actually).
However, the technology debuted in 2017 with its first application in the Infiniti Q60 Coupé. What sets it apart is the Bose Advanced Staging technology. In short, a system that gives you the feeling that you are in an open stage and not in the confines of your car. Some time ago I heard that those sound system companies are having trouble delivering exceptional sound experiences in cars. The physical properties of car cabins are the most challenging for proper sound distribution. The Bose Advanced Staging technology should reduce just that and make you feel like you’re at a concert – an open stage if you will.
It does it with 14 custom-tuned speakers and technology such as AudioPilot, Centerpoint, SurroundStage and Active Sound Management. It is one of the most advanced audio systems in the world and could be part of the 2020 Cadillac XT6.
5/10 The Cadillac XT6 2020 has an air ionizer in the vehicle
It is a system that removes internal odors and reduces bacteria, viruses, dust, odors, dirt and pollen in the air. Obviously something you need in your car. GM’s In-vehicle Air Ionizer debuted in the 2018 Buick Enclave, and I’m sure the exact same system is in the 2020 Cadillac XT6. This technology works by releasing negatively charged particles that attract positively charged particles, such as pollen, debris, dust or anything else into the air. As the particles converge, they quickly become much larger, heavier, and fall from the sky more quickly. This makes it easy for the air filter to catch them. Look, the Cadillac XT6 takes care of your well-being.
4/10 You’ll never be cold or hot in the 2020 Cadillac XT6
-* automatically heated/ventilated front seats
-* heated outdoor seats in the second row behind
-* standard automatic heated steering wheel
3/10 2020 Cadillac XT6 Dimensions and Weight
|Overall length (inches/mm):||198.8 / 5050|
|Overall width (inches/mm):||77.3 / 1964|
|Overall Height (Inches/mm):|| 68.9 / 1750 (without luggage rack)
70.2/1784 (incl. luggage rack)
|Gauge (inch mm):|| 66.4 / 1686 (front)
66.2 / 1682 (rear)
|Ground Clearance (inch/mm):||6.65 / 169|
|Weight:|| 4,441 pounds (FWD XT6 Premium Luxury)
4,644 pounds (AWD XT6 Premium Luxe),
4,690 pounds (AWD XT6 Sport)
2/10 Final Thoughts
Recently USA Today published an article titled “Can Cadillac Ever Get Its Groove Back?”
I read it and saw an interesting quote from Steve Carlisle, Cadillac’s new Global President.
“If you look back at Cadillac’s long history, which I have — 116 years — where we’ve done best, where we’ve thrived is when we lead,” Carlisle said. “We’ve been away from that for a long time.”
It seems that the 2020 Cadillac XT6 follows this philosophy that Carlisle has alluded to. It follows it to the letter. I’ll tell you why the XT6 doesn’t lead:
-* It is based on a platform on which “lesser” cars than Caddy’s are based
-* It has the unexciting 3.6-liter 310 horsepower V-6 engine that any GM SUV of similar size has under the hood (it’s a good engine, but Caddy needs SPECIAL)
-* I’ve yet to find a special character or physical trait that isn’t shared with the rest of the cars in the GM lineup (those speakers maybe)
-* It forgoes the integration of the Super Cruise right at the start and this feature alone would go a long way and make it somewhat mysterious and lofty
-* It’s a freaking FWD drive Caddy SUV and I have yet to accept that. I don’t think I ever will.
1/10 Read further
Read our full review of the 2020 Cadillac XT6.
Read our full review of the 2019 Cadillac XT4.
Read our full driven review of the 2017 Cadillac XT5.
Read our full review of the 2016 Cadillac Escala Concept.
Read our full review of the 2016 Cadillac CT6.