The 2019 Cadillac XT4 makes for an affordable entry point into the world of compact luxury SUVs, offering a fuel-efficient engine and plenty of rear legroom. Also, you won’t mistake its subdued design for anything but a Cadillac.
Like many of the vehicles in its segment, the five-seat XT4 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Cadillac’s version makes 237 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is available. The front-wheel-drive XT4 betters most of its competitors with its 27 mpg combined rating, though many of its rivals come with standard all-wheel drive.
All XT4s are outfitted with Cadillac’s newest 8-inch infotainment display that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. It also has fewer touch-sensitive controls than other recent Cadillacs, so it should be less frustrating to operate. These attributes, combined with a budget-conscious base trim, should make the XT4 a viable pick for a compact luxury SUV.
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is available in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. Though the base Luxury boasts solid entertainment and phone integration features, it’s light on some features. The Premium Luxury and the Sport come with upgrades that match their names, such as leather for the former and additional seat bolstering for the latter. Regardless of trim level, the XT4 employs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (237 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) and a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
The base Luxury trim level doesn’t quite come with all the features you might expect, but nonetheless it’s decently equipped. Feature highlights include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, remote start, and dual-zone climate control. Infotainment is handled by 8-inch touchscreen, Near Field Communications for easy Bluetooth connections, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, four USB outlets (including one Type-C), and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
Stepping up to the Premium Luxury nets you automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, a power liftgate, a rear cargo shade, driver-seat memory settings, ambient interior lighting and added drive safety aids, including front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and a seat that vibrates to alert the driver.
The Sport is similarly equipped but dons black trim-specific details, LED turn signals, and front cornering lamps. The interior has simulated leather upholstery, a different style of steering wheel and sport front seats.
Additional options are available for the Premium Luxury and the Sport. The Comfort and Convenience package adds upgraded front seats with a massaging function, leather upholstery (for the Sport) and hands-free operation of the power liftgate. The Technology package includes a digital gauge cluster, head-up display, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and wireless device charging.