Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Cadillac XT5 VS 2017 BMW X3 Near Algona, IA

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2017 Cadillac XT5

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2017 BMW X3

Safety Comparison

The XT5 Premium/Platinum’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X3 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT5 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 X3 doesn’t offer 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 X3 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the XT5’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XT5 and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X3 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT5 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the XT5 for 1 year and 14,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the X3 (4/50,000 vs. 3/36,000).

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 XT5’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 70 more horsepower (310 vs. 240) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 260) than the X3 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (310 vs. 300) than the X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The X3 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The XT5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (19.4 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (21.7 vs. 17.7 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 X3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XT5’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X3:

 

XT5

X3

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.9 inches

The XT5 stops much shorter than the X3:

 

XT5

X3

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Cadillac XT5’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The BMW X3 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT5’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the X3 (112.5 inches vs. 110.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT5 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the X3.

The XT5 4x4 handles at .84 G’s, while the X3 xDrive28d xDrive pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The XT5 has 1.3 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the X3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XT5’s rear seats recline. The X3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XT5 has a much larger cargo area than the X3 with its rear seat up (30 vs. 27.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XT5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 X3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The XT5’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 X3 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

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 X3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Optional air conditioned seats in the XT5 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X3 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The XT5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the X3.

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