The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is an all-new three-row crossover with room for up to seven passengers in a spacious and luxurious interior. Consumers are moving away from sedans, so automakers are rushing to give them more SUV and crossover options. The XT6 is Cadillac’s attempt to lure those customers.
This is luxury brand, so there’s no bare bones base model of the XT6. There’s a choice of only two trims and regardless of which you go with, you get an upscale, luxury experience. This includes a strong suite of standard safety, unique interior and exterior design treatments, and a powerful engine.
Under the hood of the XT6 is a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. It has strong acceleration that makes merging into heavy highway traffic effortless, but the XT6 is still well-mannered.
This isn’t a brash, unrefined SUV that focuses only on power. When you hit the gas pedal there’s no hesitation, but acceleration doesn’t bring undue engine noise. That smooth, quiet feel is enhanced by the 9-speed automatic transmission. It does its job unnoticed in the background, which is exactly what you want in a luxury car.
The focus in the XT6 is the passenger experience and it starts before you even open the door. The Sport gets a black grille, window moldings, and roof rails along with optional 21-inch wheels. The Premium Luxury takes a more traditional approach with bright finishes and its own unique wheels. Each has a distinct look that is unmistakably Cadillac.
There is an extensive list of standard comfort and convenience features including leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and steering wheel, power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a power-fold third row. Options include a heated second row and trim packages with carbon fiber, wood, and upgraded leathers. It’s a comfortable and luxurious interior perfect for lounging and enjoying the ride.
There’s room for seven with optional second-row captain’s chairs if you only need room for six. Either way, the second row is spacious with plenty of headroom and legroom. The XT6 is wide enough that even the dreaded middle seat isn’t such a bad deal and won’t leave that passenger counting the minutes until the ride is over.
The third row in any SUV is never a great spot for adults, but the Cadillac XT6 offers enough space for all but the largest passengers. We took a ride in the third row along with one of Cadillac’s engineers who topped six feet, and we weren’t squished. Kids will have no problem back there and most adults will be okay with it if you’re not looking at an overly long trip.
Infotainment comes courtesy of an 8-inch touchscreen with wi-fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a total of six USB ports with two for each row. There’s also a new controller to make navigating the system easier. Rather than simply a rotary dial that spins, it also tips like the joystick controller for a game console. It’s a small change, but one that makes the system far easier to use.
Although there are no crash test results for the Cadillac XT6, it has a wide range of standard and available safety features. Those features include forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, front and rear park assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Available features include reverse automatic braking, rear camera mirror with remote wash, and night vision. Night vision is a unique feature that uses infrared sensors to see people or animals that you might otherwise miss in the dark.
If you’re looking to carry cargo, then there’s up to 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 43.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 78.7 cubic feet behind the first row of seats. It can also tow up to 4,000 pounds, so it’s ready to manage your cargo needs.
Pricing for the base Premium Luxury starts at $52,695 with front wheel drive or $55,690 with all-wheel drive. The Sport comes in a bit higher at $57,095 with standard all-wheel drive. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 offers a luxury SUV experience for those who want the prestige and elegance of a Cadillac with the versatility of seven-passenger seating.