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If you are in the market for a large luxury SUV, the 2021 BMW X5 is the car for you. Decked with luxury features and offering superior driving dynamics, the X5 can handle just about anything that is thrown at it. It is perfect for your family camping trip thanks to its spacious cabin and generous trunk space. It is also at home outside a posh art gallery thanks to its good looks.
When it comes to the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, you also get one of the top SUV models by GM. Comfortable to drive and with relatively decent handling, the Cadillac Escalade is an outstanding vehicle. Let us see which of these two cars should be in your garage.
Design & Style
For 2021, BMW has enhanced the iconic kidney-shaped grille to make it bigger and sleeker. This gives the X5 an outstanding presence that one would expect from a big luxury SUV. Inside the cabin, the vehicle’s premium look and feel have been enhanced by more luxurious materials on the inside. The attention to detail that is a trademark of BMW is extended to the layout of the cabin where everything is placed exactly within reach. On the other hand, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is well designed as well and features a variety of premium materials on the inside. The boxy shape of this SUV makes for terrible ride dynamics although it does offer plenty of space in the cabin and the trunk.
Technology & Safety
Given that this is one of BMW’s top-range vehicles, the 2021 BMW X5 comes with a bevy of tech and safety features. A 12.0 display screen controls the infotainment system. Other tech features include smartphone integration and a 12-speaker audio system that delivers crisp sound. With the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, there is also a lot of tech features that come as standard. The infotainment in the Escalade is however not as responsive as that of the BMW X5.
When you decide to purchase the 2021 BMW X5, you get a choice of engines ranging from a turbocharged V6 to a twin-turbo V8. Both deliver superb performance and handling is great. Transmission is via an automatic 8-speed system that allows for smooth acceleration. The 2021 Escalade also features a powerful V8 engine with plenty of thrust. Power however must be properly harnessed in order to be of any value and this is where the Escalade struggles. Ride dynamics are not as good as those in the X5 and the Cadillac feels bulky around corners.
The Bottom Line
When comparing these two cars, it is clear that both are well powered and have a lot to offer any discerning driver. However, the BMW X5 is far better engineered and delivers a superior ride as compared to the Escalade. All said, the 2021 BMW X5 should be the vehicle you go for in 2021.
Ready to Schedule a 2021 BMW X5 Test Drive Today?
At Competition BMW of Smithtown, we give you a chance to experience the pure thrill of driving a 2021 BMW X5 for yourself. Come and visit us today or give us a call at (888) 734-3331 to schedule a test drive. Our dealership staff is always on standby to assist you, and we look forward to serving you in the best way possible.