Cadillac was one of many earliest luxury automakers to enter the three-row, mid-size crossover segment with 2004 SRX. However, the USA luxury brand abandoned the formula at the turn of the decade. The second-era SRX emerged as a smaller, five-passenger version with two rows of seating, leaving Cadillac without a three-row crossover in its model line.
That ends with the arrival of the 2020 Cadillac XT6. As the first three-row Cadillac crossover in 10 years, the XT6 goals to bridge the gap between the smaller XT5 and the large, body-on-frame Escalade.
Cadillac says its time spent on the sidelines serves to advantage the XT6 against segment heavyweights such as the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, Infiniti QX60, and Audi Q7. The brand touts the XT6’s interior packaging and space as a triumph achieved from its prolonged observation of the three-row mid-size luxury class.
To Cadillac’s credit, the XT6’s cabin is comfortable and roomy. The driver and front passenger sit on soft, heated eight-way power thrones. Headroom is plentiful, even with the usual panoramic sunroof overhead, while a standard power-operated tilt-and-telescope steering column makes it easy to discover a comfortable driving position. A three-across bench greets second-row passengers. However, captain’s chairs are an $800 option that trims the XT6’s folks-carrying capability from seven to six. No matter the setup, the second-row treats its riders to 39.1 inches of legroom and 39.1 inches headroom. The latter figure is the most effective within the segment, while the previous falls solely to the QX60’s formidable 41.7 inches of stretch-out space.