This small SUV from Cadillac is a prime example of how vehicles should be made. It is also one of the best answers to the European and Asian small luxury SUV market with its modern engine, high-quality interior, up-to-date, yet instantly recognizable Cadillac design and much more. Let’s have a closer look at one of the best small SUV options available on the market.
Design of the Cadillac XT4
There is no way the XT4 will not be recognized as a Cadillac by anyone who has seen a modern Cadillac. There are three distinctive trims available. The base one is called Luxury and it really merits the name, while the top two are Premium Luxury and Sport. They are at the same level of pricing, but differ in direction. For example, the Sport has distinctive sporty wheels and black exterior trim, aiming more for aggression than elegance.
Still, even the base model gets standard LED headlights and DLRs of very distinctive shape, sculpted hood and generally angular design. Looking from the side, the headlights emphasize the upright design of the front fascia. Similarly, the rear is also sharp, while the side view of the doors reveals a more understated shape with gentle arches.
Taillights are also upright and LED on the two higher trims. The rear is also adorned with a prominent diffuser with, you’ve guessed it, angular dual exhaust tips.
Interior of the Cadillac XT4
The interior of the XT4 is even more beautiful and this is where we can see that the designers aimed more at premium feel than sporty styling. Trim options include wood, with metallic or carbon fiber on the Sport. Soft touch materials and exposed stitching combined with modern design make the compact interior really nice.
The central console seems separated from the dashboard. It is wide and more accommodating than even found in some larger vehicles. This also adds to the premium feel, as it creates the feeling of spaciousness despite the compact package.
The separated dashboard holds a number of easily accessible buttons and a large touchscreen tha tare obviously not afterthoughts, but it actually complements the design. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, looks great and works like a charm.
The 360 camera is simply outstanding. It has a number of views that would make parking of much larger vehicles a breeze.
We also love that Cadillac hasn’t succumbed to the whole digital craze completely and that there are several physical buttons that making use of while driving is a breeze. Positioning of the screen is also perfect. It is very close to the driver, so there is no stretching and it is angled for easier viewing. Also, it can be controlled from a central console knob aw well, if you don’t want to use the touchscreens.
There’s tons of storage space on the inside of the XT4. You can make use of a glovebox, two cup holders in the central console and more in the back, bins and trays, very deep central console bin, umbrella slots in doors, side central console slots and large door and front seatbacks pockets.
Finding a good driving position is easy thanks to great ergonomics and plenty of adjustment options. Seats are great, very comfortable and supportive and high belt line makes the interior feel cocooned and cozy. However, it never feels claustrophobic, especially with the panoramic sunroof.
We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of space in the rear seating area, especially considering that the XT4 is a compact SUV. Legroom is awesome and we especially love how high up the front seats are. This means that you can push your feet deep under the front seat, straightening your knees more than in some higher-class vehicles.
The rear is large and well shaped, with a low load lip and almost rectangular interior shape. This means it is very easy to load heavy or bulky loads. Furthermore, second row seatbacks fold flat for a massive and very useable space.
Of course, higher trim levels and optional packs make the XT4 a lot better, adding advanced safety and comfort features and better materials - but even the entry level model is a great experience.
Engines and Drive for the Cadillac XT4
The XT4 is powered by a 2 l turbo engine with 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque throughout a wide range from 1,500 to 4,000 RPM. Even though 2 l does not sound like much, the XT4 is a joy to drive. It is smooth, low down torque makes every acceleration effortless and the engine never feels stressed.
Part of the smoothness comes from the fact that the engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic which sends the push to either all four wheels of just the front.
When cruising peacefully, the engine can shut down two cylinders for improved fuel efficiency. Push the pedal harder and the cylinders activate immediately.
There is more than enough power for a car of this size. It is not aimed to be a sports car and cut corners, but overtaking is smooth and easy, merging onto motorways is a breeze and getting up to legal speeds takes just a few seconds.
While driving you will enjoy a quiet cabin with active noise cancellation. Adaptive suspension is an option on the Sport model, and it comes with large 20” wheels. It makes driving a lot more engaging, but takes away some of the comfort. Still, if you are usually on well looked after city streets, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Trim Levels for the Cadillac XT4
There are three distinctive trim levels – Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. Premium Luxury and Sport have the same MSRP, while the Luxury stands below them as a more affordable, entry-level option.
The Luxury comes with auto start/stop system, battery rundown protection, AWD, electronic parking brake, dual exhaust tips, hill start assist, hill hold assist, intelligent brake assist, intelligent brake fade resistance, StabiliTrak, automatic headlamps, black lower fascia accent, glass, acoustic, laminated front-side and windshield, LED headlamps and taillamps, manual liftgate, 12V power outlets, 2-way power lumbar controls for the front seats, 4.2” driver information centre, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable, 6-way power front seats, 60/40 split rear seats, active noise cancellation, heated steering wheel, cabin air filter, USB ports, cruise control, dual-zone climate, rearview camera, heated front and rear outbound seats, keyless entry, paddle shifters, passenger sensing system, rear air vents, remote start, SiriusXM, teen driver feature, rear park assist and more.
Optional features for the Luxury include engine block heater, heavy duty cooling, engine block heater, forward and reverse automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, low speed forward automatic braking, black moulded splash guards and wireless charging.
Premium Luxury adds automatic headlamps with tunnel detection, body coloured, heated, auto-dimming and power-folding outside mirror, illuminated door handles, power liftgate, automatic wipers, ambient lighting, driver memory, front and rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and safety alert seat.
Optional features for the Premium Luxury include engine block heater, forward and reverse automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, heavy duty cooling, low speed forward automatic braking, black moulded splash guards, hands free liftgate, IntelliBeam, sunroof, 4-way power lumbar controls for the front seats, 8” driver information centre, adaptive cruise control, following distance indicator, enhanced visibility package, forward collision alert, HD surround view, HUD, air ionizer, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and wireless charging.
Sport is based on the Luxury as well and it adds a number of dedicated Sport trim design features and also automatic headlamps with tunnel detection, body-colour door handles, body coloured, heated, auto-dimming and power-folding outside mirror, gloss black longitudinal roof rails, power liftgate, automatic wipers, sport grille, 4-way power lumbar controls for the front seats, ambient lighting, driver memory, front and rear park assist, air ionizer, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, power driver seatback bolsters, rear cross traffic alert, safety alert seat, as well as a number of optional features such as active sport suspension, engine block heater, forward and reverse automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, heavy duty cooling, low speed forward, automatic braking, black moulded splash guards, roof mounted cross rails, hands free liftgate, IntelliBeam, sunroof, 8” driver information centre, adaptive cruise control, following distance indicator, enhanced visibility package, forward collision alert, HD surround view, HUD, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.
The two top trim levels also have the option of including many optional equipment packages. With so many optional features, you can really tailor your XT4 to suit your needs best.
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