2014 Cadillac SRX | road test

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 by
2014 Cadillac SRX
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 170,000 - 205,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

The 2014 SRX can compete with its German rivals, and trumps them effortlessly with its price tag.

Pros

Safety features
Rear entertainment system
Neat cargo management feature

Cons

Underpowered

Introduction and Summary

Competition in the crossover segment is fierce, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing because customers now have a large number of options to choose from. The premium crossover segment, however, is limited to a few manufacturers who are able to maintain the standards demanded by customers. Cadillac’s presence in this segment has been shadowed by the likes of the BMW X5 and the Mercedes ML, however, it has a few tricks that trump the competition effortlessly.

2014 Cadillac SRX side

Styling and Design

The 2014 Cadillac SRX looks very similar to the previous year model as there are no significant changes on the outside. The overall look of the SRX follows familiar Cadillac design cues that are noticed on almost all Cadillac’s. The large headlights separated by the chrome grille provide the SRX with a friendly and more sophisticated looking front end. Cadillac kept the classic signature vertical tail lights on the SRX and they also added sharp lines to them to tighten up the rear end slightly. The exterior design feature that sets this crossover apart from others is how neatly the exhaust tips are made to be part of the rear bumper, which if I do say so myself, is a rather neat touch.

2014 Cadillac SRX rear bumper

Features

The SRX is packed with more technology and gizmos than ever before, with a strong emphasis on safety features, as well as family oriented features. The centre stack of the SRX is the same setup found in most other Cadillac models where nearly everything is controlled by touch. The SRX also has Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system that allows connection to the car via USB, Bluetooth, SD card, and AUX input via a 3.5mm jack.

2014 Cadillac SRX interior

Rear passengers in the SRX enjoy their own entertainment systems as there is a flip up monitor in each of the front seat backs. These monitors have their own set of input mediums including AV ports, USB, CD with Blu-ray capability and an SD card slot. The rear entertainment system also includes 2 Bose headsets which are sure to keep the little one’s entertained.

On the other hand, the CUE system is still in need of minor improvements, as I noticed the system lags for a good second whenever changing songs. Additionally, the voice control never worked during my time with the SRX. Every time the voice control button was pushed, I always got a message that said “Voice Control is not available”.

In the safety department, the SRX is stocked with every kind of gadget you can think of. The most noticeable is the Collision Avoidance system which helps prevent front and rear collisions and will even bring the car to a complete halt if needed. Tensioning seatbelt’s are standard in the front seats on all models along with dual-stage airbags with curtain airbags to protect the occupants from side impacts.

2014 Cadillac SRX rear seat entertainment

The SRX also has Rollover Mitigation sensors which control the suspension and brakes to prevent the car from rolling over by shifting the centre of gravity horizontally and breaking when it is safe to do so. Lane departure is a great feature on the SRX, which works brilliantly even when the lane markings are unclear. Warnings in the SRX are communicated to the driver through vibrations in the seat according to the direction of the hazard.

Drive and Handling

The SRX is powered by a 3.6L V6 that pushes 308 horses of power through a 6-speed gearbox to all 4 wheels generating just under 600Nm of torque. Due to the size and weight of the car, it is rather sluggish off the line, but gracefully picks up speed past the 80 km/h mark. Given the fact that the car is mainly aimed at families this should not be a big issue. Handling on the SRX is surprisingly good, this is thanks to the stiffer suspension. Cornering in the SRX was on point with limited body roll when compared to other crossovers. Fuel efficiency on the SRX is quite impressive really. The fuel tank holds 79 litres of fuel, where highway consumption hovers around 8.7L/100KM and consumption in the city averages around 9.8L/100KM.

2014 Cadillac SRX front + side

Comfort and Practicality

Ride comfort in the SRX is slightly compromised by the stiff suspension that takes you by surprise when going over a speed bump. Road and wind noise is very minimal in the SRX thanks to the active noise cancelation system which utilizes microphones around the cabin that take in the ambient noise and reduce it by sending counter signals through the car’s speakers. Cadillac employs a cargo management system in the boot of the car where a set of rails help keep the cargo that is loaded in the car in a specific area and stop it from moving around during turns.

2014 Cadillac SRX boot

Cost and Verdict

The SRX delivers in most areas that are promised by the manufacturer, where the emphasis is on safety and comfort. The price of the SRX starts at AED 170,000 and goes up to AED 205,000 for the full option package. This is a pretty hefty price to pay for a Crossover, but at the same time, a BMW with same options costs at least 25% more. At the end of the day, it boils down to: are you willing to give up German quality and that fancy badge for a cheaper and better specced American car?

2014 Cadillac SRX rear + side

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