The Cadillac XT5‘s back-of-the-pack status within the highly competitive compact luxury SUV segment is born of the difference between greatness and competence. Judged against its peers—Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus RX, Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan, Volvo XC60—the XT5 fails to impress whether we’re talking performance or premium feel. While competent enough to be Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle, the XT5 is outsold more than two to one by the Lexus RX. The addition of a new turbo inline-four base engine highlights a range of mid-cycle updates for 2020 that aim to polish the XT5’s packaging while broadening its appeal. But opting for that less-powerful engine does little to change the XT5 experience.
The new turbocharged 2.0-liter four is shared with several other GM products. In the XT5, it makes 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Expressed in newton-meters, that torque figure is 350, which is why