2008 Cadillac SRX | new car review

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 by

The 2008 is squarely aimed at those who expect the practicality of a conventional sedan for work, but want to take to the beach or the desert without having to run two cars. The SRX is a crossover with bold styling, available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive applications.

With the SRX,  has taken people moving attributes of a MPV and merged them with the go-anywhere attitude of a SUV with the driving dynamics of a sedan. Thus, this crossover comfortably accommodates up to seven adults with the optional third row seat engaged. The second row seat folds nearly flat as does the third row seat: power-folding into the floor at the press of a button to create a wide expanse to carry luggage.

The combination of wood and leather characterizes an evolution of refinement for the interior, and includes leather seats and armrest, and wood trim on the steering wheel, shifter knob, door pulls and gearshift display trim plate. The optional sunroof offers 1.7m of open air over the first and second row seats and includes a retracting power shade.

The SRX is offered with a choice of 320hp 4.6-litre Northstar V8 VVT (variable valve timing) or 260hp 3.6-litre V6 VVT. Both powerplants will be paired off to two different five-speed automatic transmissions featuring Driver Shift Control (which gives you the kick of clutchless manual shifting), electronically controlled engine braking and downgrade detection with brake assist.

The SRX is a different crossover to be seen in, thanks to its edgy styling. It is a competent vehicle on the road and it is wise to keep it on black tops although it could go on the soft stuff as well.

Technical Specifications
Engine3.6-litre V64.6-litre V8
Power260bhp320bhp
Torque339Nm459Nm
TransmissionAutomaticAutomatic

Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 185000 onwards*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

BMW X5
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Ford Explorer
GMC Envoy
Hyundai Veracruz
Mazda CX-9
Mercedes ML-Class
Mercury Mountaineer
Porsche Cayenne
Saab 9-7X
Subaru Tribeca
Suzuki XL7
Toyota Landcruiser Prado
Nissan Pathfinder
Volkswagen Touareg
Volvo XC90

 

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