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Cadillac SRX Station Wagon engines, drive and performance

2007 - 2008 (change model)
Performance rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Dan Harrison Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Only two engines are available in the SRX – and both are thirsty petrols. The smaller unit is a 3.6-litre V6 with 261bhp and a 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds, however it feels slower than the figures suggest and is noisy when pushed hard. Even worse is that it is only capable of an appalling 21mpg. It’s certainly not quick when it comes to overtaking either – it’s heavy and the gearbox is slow to react to, even with the accelerator flat to the floor.

The other engine choice is a 4.6-litre V8 which has 325bhp, which gets from 0 to 62mph in 7.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 140mph. All cars have a semi-automatic gearbox – five speed for the V6 and six speed for the V8, but both units are sluggish to respond.

The SRX may be a large car but it handles surprisingly well. Make no mistake, it’s far from car-like, but it is not the large unwieldy beast you expect, instead it actually has quite a firm suspension set-up and body control is fairly good. It doesn’t wallow too much in bends and the steering has decent feel while the ride quality is very good – soaking up bumps and potholes, making it a relaxing motorway cruiser.