Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 BMW X5 VS 2017 Cadillac Escalade Near Tucker, GA

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

The X5 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escalade doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X5 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Escalade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Escalade doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Escalade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the X5 uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the X5 and the Escalade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The X5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Escalade’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the X5 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X5 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Escalade’s 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the X5’s reliability will be 237% better than the Escalade.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Escalade isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 25 more horsepower (445 vs. 420) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 460) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X5 is faster than the Cadillac Escalade:

 

X5 s/xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

Escalade

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.3 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

12.8 sec

14.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade 4WD (23 city/29 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade:

 

 

X5

Escalade

 

2WD

sDrive35i/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto

4WD

xDrive35i/Auto

18 city/24 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

V8/Auto

 

xDrive50i/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

n/a

 

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Escalade doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Escalade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X5 xDrive50i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade:

 

X5

X5 xDrive50i

Escalade

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

15.2 inches

13 inches

The X5 stops much shorter than the Escalade:

 

X5

Escalade

 

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escalade’s standard 55 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Escalade’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Escalade doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the BMW X5 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Cadillac doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Escalade.

The X5 xDrive35i xDrive handles at .79 G’s, while the Escalade 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Escalade 4x4 (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The BMW X5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The X5 is 10.7 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the X5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the X5’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Escalade doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the X5 xDrive35i xDrive is quieter than the Escalade 4x4 (73 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X5 has 10.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade (131.2 vs. 120.8).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X5. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X5’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Escalade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Escalade can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Escalade doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Escalade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The X5’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the X5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X5 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Escalade is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X5 is less expensive to operate than the Escalade because it costs $225 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X5 than the Escalade, including $406 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X5 will be $9688 to $11839 less than for the Cadillac Escalade.

Recommendations Comparison

The BMW X5 outsold the Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV by 53% during 2015.

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