The Escalade is offered with just one engine – a mammoth 6.2-litre V8 petrol that churns out 403bhp. This is more than strong enough to haul the car’s bulk, providing brisk acceleration. However, the standard six-speed automatic gearbox is overly keen to kickdown, making progress rather jerky in the ebb and flow of traffic.
Cadillac ESCALADE 4x4 ride & handling
The Escalade has a soft suspension set-up that isolates occupants from most bumps, but it feels unsettled on patchy surfaces and body movements are poorly controlled. The steering also disappoints because it’s imprecise and offers no feedback, while the sheer size of the car makes narrow country roads and built-up areas hard work.
Cadillac ESCALADE 4x4 refinement
That big engine is hushed at a steady motorway cruise and emits a lovely V8 burble under acceleration. Road noise isn’t a big problem either, but the Escalade is about as aerodynamic as a tower block so wind noise intrudes into the cabin at the national limit.