For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT5 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Audi Allroad has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT5 offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Allroad doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The XT5 Platinum has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Allroad only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The XT5 has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Allroad doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the XT5 and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XT5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 112 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Allroad has not been tested, yet.
Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT5 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the XT5 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Allroad.
There are over 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT5’s warranty.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the XT5 has a standard 155-amp alternator (170-amp - XT5 optional). The Allroad’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 58 more horsepower (310 vs. 252) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The Allroad doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT5 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Allroad requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The XT5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (19.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 6.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (21.7 vs. 15.3 gallons).
The XT5 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the XT5’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Allroad:
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The Cadillac XT5’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Allroad only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT5’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Allroad (112.5 inches vs. 110.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT5 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.
For greater off-road capability the XT5 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (7.8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the XT5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The XT5 has 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XT5’s rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.
The XT5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (30 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The XT5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (63 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XT5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Allroad doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XT5 Platinum’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Allroad doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The XT5 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The XT5’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Allroad does not have an oil pressure gauge.
On a hot day the XT5’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XT5 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
When the XT5 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Allroad’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
On extremely cold Winter days, the XT5’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Allroad doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The XT5’s optional 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 Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.