Cadillac xt4 review edmunds

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Overview

The Cadillac XT4 is a visually distinctive subcompact luxury crossover, but it's also less luxurious and refined than most rivals. Still, it has a smooth-running engine and delivers a fun driving experience. The XT4's interior has plenty of passenger space and room to store cargo, but the interior has unremarkable materials and inferior build quality versus classmates. Thankfully, the smallest Cadillac SUV has an infotainment system that's stocked with content and a host of standard safety and driver assists. While its flashy façade and engaging dynamics are appreciated, the XT4 should be more sophisticated for the price.

What's New for ?

Cadillac makes several small changes to the XT4, which mainly include new standard and optional features as well as small design tweaks. All models now have automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, front pedestrian detection, and a safety seat alert. The entire lineup receives a revised shifter, enhanced infotainment rotary controller, and new metallic paint colors (Silver Dust and Garnet). Likewise, the top two trims add a standard hands-free liftgate and rear pedestrian detection. The Sport model's available Active Sport suspension can now be paired with inch wheels (previously 20s only), and all-wheel-drive models get an off-road drive mode.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The Cadillac XT4 base price is $36,, and all-wheel drive adds $ to every model for those who want it. The Premium Luxury and Sport models both cost the same, but since the former doesn't live up to its name, and the latter is even better to drive, we'd recommend the XT4 Sport. It has unique wheel designs, blacked-out exterior trim, and exclusive interior accents. The Sport model also has an exclusive active suspension with adaptive dampers and better-bolstered front seats. To that we'd add the $ Comfort and Convenience package (leather interior, ventilated and massaging front seats, etc.) and choose the $ Active Sport suspension (adaptive dampers) to avoid the ride-quality-reducing inch wheels that are required with the Sport Dynamics package.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Under the hood of all XT4s is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes horsepower. It pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. The XT4 Sport we tested sashayed its way to 60 mph in a lackluster seconds— seconds behind the 10Best-award-winning BMW X1. Despite the difference, the XT4 felt spry around town and when merging onto the highway. Ignore Cadillac's assertion of sportiness with the XT4. It's more of a boulevard cruiser than a sports car. The ride is okay, so long as the road is relatively smooth. Rough stretches of asphalt translate plenty of vibrations and sharp impacts into the cabin, especially when riding on the optional inch wheels. The steering is similarly disappointing and is neither feelsome nor direct in its action. The XT4's only decisive controls are its brakes, which hauled our test car down from 70 mph in our emergency-stopping test in feet with one of the firmest brake pedals we've encountered.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Despite its fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation capability, the XT4 earns wholly average EPA fuel-economy estimates, with front-wheel-drive variants reaching 30 mpg on the highway. In our real-world highway fuel-economy test, our all-wheel-drive test vehicle managed just 27 of its EPA-rated 29 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The XT4's interior, while comfortable and spacious, isn't as high-class as we expect in this premium segment. The dashboard and upper door panels are covered in a stitched, faux-leather wrap, but lower on the doors and center console, cheaper, sharp-edged plastic persists. The buttons and switches look and feel as though they're likely to be shared with less expensive offerings in the General Motors portfolio. Space is great for the front-seat occupants and actually pretty decent in the back seat, too. As with its passenger compartment, the XT4's cargo room is spacious. Behind the XT4's rear seat we fit six of our carry-on suitcases, and with the seatbacks folded flat, we managed to fit 18—slightly more than smaller rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and the Mini Cooper Countryman. If you're looking for a small SUV that can haul cargo like a larger one, the Volvo XC40—which held 23 carry-on suitcases—is worth a look.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

All XT4 models come with an inch infotainment system with Cadillac's CUE software. The touchscreen looks nice and crisp and is tucked slightly into the dashboard. The interface is reasonably easy to use, too, and in addition to touching the screen, the user can also interact via a console-mounted knob. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and a seven-speaker audio system are all standard; navigation is optional, as is a speaker Bose audio system. Selecting the available Technology package (Premium Luxury and Sport models only) adds a digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, and a wireless smartphone-charging pad.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The XT4 has earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't completed its battery of testing. Cadillac does offer it with a plethora of driver-assistance features, but few of them are standard fare. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Available blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Cadillac warranty outdoes several of its rivals with powertrain coverage that lasts six years or 70, miles. Cadillac offers one free maintenance visit with the purchase of any model.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50, miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70, miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 12, miles
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Overview

Small premium crossovers like the Cadillac XT4 are all the rage, with many drivers drawn to their upright driving position, practical cabins, and upscale images. The XT4's one of the roomier options among these mini utes, which will help it win over those who appreciate extra interior space, but its interior trappings fall just short of what you'll find in rivals such as the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA- and GLB-class SUVs. All models are powered by a hp turbocharged four-cylinder, and a host of infotainment features are included across the range. The XT4 performs well, particularly the Sport trim, but if you're seeking a more playful option consider the BMW X1, which is nearly as practical but offers more driving thrills.

What's New for ?

Other than three new exterior colors—Galactic Gray, Latte, and Rosewood—the XT4 sees few changes for The Sport model will come with red-painted brake calipers, and the turbocharged four-cylinder engine now makes hp rather than Buyers will no longer receive the standard carpeted floor mats in addition to the optional premium carpet mats if that option is added to their XT4, and none of the SUVs will have the Near Field Communications wireless phone-pairing feature.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The Premium Luxury and Sport models both cost almost the same, but since the former doesn't live up to its name, and the latter is even better to drive, we'd recommend the XT4 Sport. It has unique wheel designs, blacked-out exterior trim, and exclusive interior accents. The Sport model also has an exclusive active suspension with adaptive dampers and better-bolstered front seats. To that we'd add the Comfort and Convenience package (leather interior, ventilated and massaging front seats, etc.) and choose the Active Sport suspension (adaptive dampers) to avoid the ride-quality-reducing inch wheels that are required with the Sport Dynamics package.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Under the hood of all XT4s is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes horsepower. It pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. The XT4 Sport we tested sashayed its way to 60 mph in a lackluster seconds— seconds behind the X1. Despite the difference, the XT4 felt spry around town and when merging onto the highway. Ignore Cadillac's assertion of sportiness with the XT4. It's more of a boulevard cruiser than a sports car. The ride is okay, so long as the road is relatively smooth. Rough stretches of asphalt translate plenty of vibrations and sharp impacts into the cabin, especially when riding on the optional inch wheels. The steering is similarly disappointing and is neither feelsome nor direct in its action. The XT4's only decisive controls are its brakes, which hauled our test car down from 70 mph in our emergency-stopping test in feet with one of the firmest brake pedals we've encountered.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Despite its fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation capability, the XT4 earns wholly average EPA fuel-economy estimates, with front-wheel-drive variants reaching 30 mpg on the highway. In our real-world highway fuel-economy test, our all-wheel-drive test vehicle managed just 27 of its EPA-rated 29 mpg. For more information about the XT4's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The XT4's interior, while comfortable and spacious, isn't as high-class as we expect in this premium segment. The dashboard and upper door panels are covered in a stitched, faux-leather wrap, but lower on the doors and center console, cheaper, sharp-edged plastic persists. The buttons and switches look and feel as though they're likely to be shared with less expensive offerings in the General Motors portfolio. Space is great for the front-seat occupants and actually pretty decent in the back seat, too. As with its passenger compartment, the XT4's cargo room is spacious. Behind the XT4's rear seat we fit six of our carry-on suitcases, and with the seatbacks folded flat, we managed to fit 18—slightly more than smaller rivals such as the Mini Cooper Countryman. If you're looking for a small SUV that can haul cargo like a larger one, the Volvo XC40—which held 23 carry-on suitcases—is worth a look.

Infotainment and Connectivity

All XT4 models come with an inch infotainment system with Cadillac's CUE software. The touchscreen looks nice and crisp and is tucked slightly into the dashboard. The interface is reasonably easy to use, too, and in addition to touching the screen, the user can also interact via a console-mounted knob. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and a seven-speaker audio system are all standard; navigation is optional, as is a speaker Bose audio system. Selecting the available Technology package (Premium Luxury and Sport models only) adds a digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, and a wireless smartphone-charging pad.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Cadillac does offer it with a plethora of driver-assistance features, but few of them are standard fare. For more information about the XT4's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Available blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Cadillac warranty outdoes several of its rivals with powertrain coverage that lasts six years or 70, miles. Cadillac offers one free maintenance visit with the purchase of any model.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50, miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70, miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 12, miles

Specifications

Specifications:

Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-/all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $56, (base price: $42,)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: cu in, cc
Power: hp @ rpm
Torque: lb-ft @ rpm

TRANSMISSION: 9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): in vented disc/in vented disc
Tires: Continental ProContact TX, /45R 99H M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: in
Length: in
Width: in
Height: in
Passenger volume: 98 cu ft
Cargo volume: 72 cu ft
Curb weight: lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: sec
Standing ¼-mile: sec @ 87 mph
Top speed (governor limited): mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: ft
Roadholding, ft-dia skidpad:  g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 19 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 24/22/29 mpg

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Edmunds compares Acura RDX to Cadillac XT4

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byAssociated Press

Published: Wed, May 29, AMUpdated: Wed, May 29, AM

This undated photo provided by Cadillac shows the all-new Cadillac XT4, a small, luxury SUV hoping to claim its share of a very competitive segment. (General Motors via AP)

Small luxury SUVs are one of the fastest-growing luxury vehicle types in recent years. They already represent % of luxury vehicles sold this year, according to Edmunds data. In , they were just %. Driving this trend are models such as the Acura RDX and the Cadillac XT4.

Acura was one of the pioneers of this class of vehicle with its RDX. The RDX is fully redesigned and is one of the brand's most popular models. Cadillac, for its part, has introduced the all-new XT4. It's the brand's most affordable vehicle — SUV or otherwise.

Picking which one to buy can be difficult, however. Both the RDX and the XT4 are priced to start below $40, and offer a comprehensive set of features. Edmunds takes a look to find out which one has an edge.

STARTING PRICE

Lower prices, relative to other luxury vehicles, is part of the appeal of an entry-level luxury SUV. If you go easy on the options, you won't need to spend much more than you would on a well-equipped non-luxury model such as a Chevy Equinox or a Honda CR-V. The XT4 starts at $35,, including destination fees. Acura asks a bit more up front for the RDX — $38,, including destination.

Both the XT4 and the RDX offer a decent amount of standard luxury appointments, such as power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather seating and crisp-sounding audio systems. The Acura has a few standard features, which are options on the Cadillac, that help justify the higher price. These include a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof and more advanced driver safety aids.

Various option packages can run the prices up in a hurry, however. When fully equipped, the RDX just clears $50, while the XT4 is above $55,

TECHNOLOGY

The Cadillac XT4 and the Acura RDX differ in the way they require drivers to interact with their infotainment systems.

Cadillac's XT4 takes a traditional approach by combining a clear and easy-to-use 8-inch touchscreen interface with a redundant rotary control knob. The Cadillac's available navigation, head-up display and optional Bose audio system are easy to understand as well, making the XT4 a comfortable and familiar vehicle as soon as you get in.

Acura's RDX takes a distinctive approach with its interface. Eschewing both the touchscreen and the familiar control knob, the RDX uses a touchpad interface to control its inch display screen. It's an intriguing but challenging system to master and could put off less tech-savvy buyers. On a more positive note, Acura's available speaker ELS sound system will impress even the most discerning audiophile.

POWER AND ECONOMY

These two SUVs use similar powertrains. Acura's RDX has a turbocharged liter four-cylinder engine that generates horsepower and returns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in combined city/highway driving. With the RDX's optional all-wheel-drive system added, efficiency drops to 23 mpg.

The XT4 also has a turbocharged liter four-cylinder engine. With horsepower, it's less powerful than the RDX's engine. But in return, you get better fuel economy. Expect 26 mpg in combined driving with the front-wheel-drive XT4 or 24 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Both manufacturers recommend using premium gasoline to ensure these fuel economy and horsepower numbers.

ON THE ROAD

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To make the most of these engines' power and fuel economy, Acura and Cadillac have engineered transmissions with an almost unbelievable number of gears. The RDX uses 10 speeds while the XT4 employs nine. In our experience, the Cadillac feels just as quick as the more powerful Acura around town. But it's not quite as smooth since its transmission can be slow to downshift when you need a quick burst of speed.

An adaptive suspension, available on both the RDX and the XT4, allows the driver to tailor the vehicle's ride quality to match personal preference or road conditions. With it, the RDX manages to soak up road imperfections while maintaining confidence-inspiring stability. The XT4, on the other hand, often feels busy and jiggly over less than perfect roads. The Acura is also sportier when driving around turns and gives you a better feel for the road.

Both models are impressively roomy for both front and rear passengers. But you might like the Acura a little more if you frequently need to transport a lot of gear. Its cargo area behind the rear seats measures cubic feet compared to the XT4's cubic feet.

EDMUNDS SAYS: The Acura RDX and the Cadillac XT4 are solid, stylish choices in the competitive small luxury SUV segment. Though its infotainment system is one of the more polarizing on the market, and could very well be a deal-breaker for some, the RDX gets our overall nod thanks to its smooth on-road manners, powerful engine, and slightly lower price when fully equipped.

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This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Kurt Niebuhr is a vehicle test editor at Edmunds.

Related links:

— Edmunds Acura RDX Review: https://edmu.in/2VyYRjT

— Edmunds Cadillac XT4 Review: https://edmu.in/2WdAlsR

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