How The 2019 Cadillac XT4 Stacks Up To Audi Q3, BMW X1, Lexus NX And Mercedes GLA

Looking at the small premium crossover segment, the Cadillac XT4 certainly has its work cut out in luring people away from established nameplates such as the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Lexus NX or the Mercedes GLA.

Then again, it also has plenty of things going for it, such as its instantly recognizable form factor, unique headlight design, streamlined exterior and a stylish yet spacious interior, something buyers tend to appreciate when it comes to relatively small vehicles.

But since beauty can be in the eye of the beholder, a more analytical approach is needed in order to see just how the XT4 compares to rivals such as the previously mentioned BMW, Audi, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

There is plenty of style to go around

Aside from the XT4, which is a brand new model, every other car here is either old (by comparison), or was updated as recently as last year – such is the case for the Lexus NX and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Going by age, the Audi Q3 is the oldest car. The facelift it received in 2016 didn’t help much in terms of overall aesthetics and its shape has been described by some to be slightly awkward. It looks very bulky for 2018, a year in which looking sleek and aggressive will earn you the most style points.

So if we had to grade them by appearance, or more specifically by how sporty they look, the BMW X1 and Lexus NX would be cage fighting for first place, whereas the XT4 might be able to make a case for third. Of course, styling is a very subjective issue, and the XT4 does look very modern indeed, so it all comes down to what you prefer.

This wouldn’t make for a very good drag race

If you lined up these five crossovers and had yourself a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) acceleration test to see which of them was quickest, the result would be conclusive. The BMW X1 sDrive28i would take first place, with its ability to hit 60 mph in just over six and a half seconds. Everyone else would need over 7 seconds to do so, with the Audi bringing up the rear, a full second slower than the NX 300 and the GLA 250.

Top speed is pretty much identical among nearly all vehicles, except for the Lexus which is the heaviest crossover here. As for fuel economy, on paper, it’s the XT4 and the GLA 250 that are tied in first place, returning 27 mpg (8.7 l/100km) in the combined cycle.

It’s an SUV, so it better be roomy

People who buy these types of vehicles expect an SUV to come with more than adequate space, which is why most automakers are trying to make small cars as roomy and practical as possible.

If you take a ruler to each of these five crossovers, you’ll find that the 2019 Cadillac XT4 is the longest, widest and second-tallest model here, boasting the largest wheelbase and the second-largest trunk with the backseat in its upright position. Thus, one could argue that it seems as if it would win this one.

Premium brands equals premium prices

Looking at price tags, spending upwards of $35,790 on an XT4 can easily make sense if A) you genuinely like the car, and B) you’re not too stressed out about residuals or getting the best possible deal.

The same goes for the Lexus NX 300, which is the most expensive here, followed closely by the Cadillac. On the opposite side of the spectrum lies the Audi Q3, which costs a bit north of $32,900, but keep in mind that it’s smaller, slower and less fuel efficient than the BMW X1, which only costs an extra $1,000, while also being more practical than the Mercedes GLA.

On the other hand, SUVs, irrespective of their size, aren’t always (if ever…) a rational choice. So, does the XT4 look like a genuine challenger to the established players? Sound off your opinion in the Comments section below.

more photos...
  • BlackPegasus

    The Cadillac has the most premium looking interior with the BMW coming second.

    • Bash

      You absolutely right.

    • PK

      cause is all new? mercedes and audi obviously looks outdated. wait till when those 2 gets redesigned.

      • Moveon Libtards

        You are right, the Mercedes and Audi are old. So as a customer, I would choose the newer, fresher vehicle. That is not Cadillac’s fault for being fresher. Less excuses from Audi and Mercedes…just update your damn vehicles!

    • Moveon Libtards


      The Audi looks like a Toyota and we all know the Lexus (Toyota) has a plasticky interior like all Toyotas do.

  • no25

    Definitely has the best looking interior (my god, the Audi’s is so dated).

    • Moveon Libtards

      Agree. Cadillac will also be quieter at highway speeds and better on gas too.

    • Rich Money

      q3 is about to be replaced

  • KF

    You forgot the XC40…which probably will be one the bestsellers in the class.

    • Bash

      Depends on the market you are looking at.

  • IFDU

    Dimension wise, if this truly competes with the NX, then why the hell are they making the UX?

  • Bananarama

    That interior is gorgeous. Something about the exterior looks cheap though. Lots of cladding. Tail lights have too much white in them.

    • OdysseyTag


  • Status

    I had high expectations for the Q3’s interior, as usually Audi get it right. But the red backlit buttons reminds me of a Pontiac Sunfire interior.

    • BlackPegasus

      Damn… a Pontiac Sunfire? That was a low blow ?

      • Moveon Libtards

        Still take a 1990s Sunfire over a crappy Hyundai any day.

      • Status

        Sorry man but every time I see red backlit knobs and buttons in an car, I can’t shake the Sunfire out of my head. It looked terrible then, and to me it still looks terrible today.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Sunfire? So you are admitting the expensive Audi has design and interior bits similar to a 1990s econo car.

  • Ron

    The glaring problem with your comparison here is that the XT4 is really targeting the X3, Q5 etc… so not really apples to apples.

    • Moveon Libtards

      No, it is not. It is targeting the X1, Q3, etc. since it is the same price point but offers more room, features, and standard equipmemt.

      Or, to get the same vehicle size and comfort over at Audi and you will have to spend thousands more.

  • SteersUright

    Looks like nothing more than a nice Chevrolet on the outside, nothing truly “premium” about the look of it. The inside seems nice, but also more akin to what a fancy Chevy or Buick might offer, less so an interior to compete with German cars.

    • :/ Yurr

      I mean it basically is a nicer Chevrolet, it does a good job at it…especially compared to the Trax and Encore.

      • SteersUright

        A nicer Chevy is fine for Buick, a brand I care nothing about and does nothing for me as an enthusiast. I wish them all the best.
        However, Cadillac should have NOTHING Chevrolet in their lineup until they are well beyond capturing market share and proving that they make some of the best luxury cars out there. Then, and only then, should they play the rebodied cheapo brand game. And for the record, when VW/Audi/Porsche does it (successfully I might add) they begin by designing the optimal, flexible chassis for their premium brand first, taking care to prioritize them as they should. VW then benefits greatly from the premium technology hand-me-downs it receives. They do not start by design a Jetta and then saying, ok now this has to work for Audi and Porsche as well, in the same vein as Chevy lends its garbage cars to Cadillac rather than the reverse.

        • :/ Yurr

          Your right in some ways, but I honestly think that if the Chassis good then there’s no since into changing it and wasting money. At least the XT4 has a 2.0 turbo,pano sunroof, and ventilated front seats which the other two don’t have…and honestly the Chevys that are in my family never really are garbage they have always been a soft ride and reliable, just my opinion.

          • SteersUright

            Chevy’s are the best cars GM makes, sadly. They’re usually massively discounted and very affordable while also delivering good bang for the buck I’ve found. I’d still only lease new on a good promo, never buy. Most Chevy’s seem to depreciate like rocks. That said, while Chevy is doing rather decent work in my opinion (only decent), utilizing their economy roots for Cadillac is just wrong and will never build the brand credibility Cadillac so desperately needs.

  • haudit

    The XT4, NX and Q3 all share the same basic problem – they’re derived from their parent company’s mass-market platforms, rather than the more bespoke premium underpinnings used by their larger siblings. It’s hard to view a vehicle as ‘premium’ when you know it shares components with a considerably cheaper, more prosaic and often outdated corporate sibling.

    • DMax

      Nah, no one cares. And if the platform is good then why it even matters.

  • Bruce K

    The only one I would consider buying is the XT4… but without the black trim on the windows; I’d go for one of the trims with chrome

  • Moveon Libtards

    The comparison was about the models not dealerships.

    The Lexus has a really plastic interior though.

  • bd0007

    Aside from price, compact FWD CUVs like the XT4 and NX compete more against the X3, GLC and Q5.

    But their competitive set are really the other FWD/transverse compact CUVs like the RDX, QX50, MKC and XC40.

  • Bo Hanan

    I’d get the BMW. Mercedes is frumpy. Caddy is already dated. Audi is VW. Lexus just landed from mars.

  • Autoexperte
    • Bo Hanan

      For the record- underneath, this Infiniti is a Mercedes GLA. Infact Merc builds the car for Infiniti.

  • Rich Money

    the phrase is ‘stacks up against’, not ‘stacks up to’. Please edit the headline.

  • Rich Money

    “Going by age, the Audi Q3 is the oldest car.”
    “Every other car here is either old, or was updated as recently as last year.”
    “People who buy these types of vehicles expect an SUV to come with more than adequate space, which is why most automakers are trying to make small cars as roomy and practical as possible.”
    “Thus, one could argue that it seems as if it would win this one.”

  • diesel_vdub

    So they picked probably the ugliest color possible for the XT4 to showcase? That color alone makes me want to avoid it. I would hope that in other colors it looks significantly better.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    The interior of the XT4 is fine. The exterior proportions, volumes and lines are nice, but the headlight and taillight details literally hurt my eyes. Hard pass. I’d say the Lexus looks the best out of this bunch.

    As far as competing…I don’t think the XT4 will be all that competitive, given its pricing. It might sell well for a Cadillac, but I don’t think it will outsell any of the competitors here. Its main strengths seems to be fuel-efficiency, wheelbase, cargo volume…but I don’t think those are enough (nor is the Cadillac brand worth enough) to justify the price premium.

  • filetx

    I’m really not a fan of american cars. but I like what cadillac is doing. They have a good design language right now without copying anyone unlike hyundai/kia etc… Would really like to know the quality of the car

  • OptixGuru

    Um, what’s up with the tail lights? So oddly placed and have a aftermarket “inspired” look about them, or as if the design was an afterthought. Strange.

  • timii

    Wheres the volvo xc40??????

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    It compete with Lexus UX not NX

  • KidRed

    Too much exterior plastic really cheapens the Caddy.

  • TheBelltower

    The Cadillac style is unusual, but it works. The rear has a very Renault or Citroen vibe to it.

  • Salih Ahzem

    I don’t know the rest that well but that 2.0 I4 engine GLA 250’s (and CLA’s) for that matter is just so loud and has clatter at idle, at least from outside. Whenever I encounter one at a stoplight, I cannot believe how unrefined and diesel like it sounds. May be it’s well isolated from inside?

  • getoffme

    Looks so cheap. Look at how much plastic the Cadillac has compared to its competition.

    • :/ Yurr

      Wouldn you have to see that in person to actually know if that’s plastic?

  • NOLA 504

    I have a 2013 SRX..I didn’t like the body style of the XT5, so I was patiently waiting for the 2019 reveal, And OMGGGGGGGG!!!! The Tail lights completely threw me OFF. Looks like a Honda SUV (Nothing is wrong with Honda their are great reliable cars) however if I’m paying for a luxury vehicle that’s what I want to see… A LUXURY VEHICLE… The Tail lights need to be lowered. Overall the interior, body style, and head lights are nice.

Hyundai PHEV SUV Concept To Debut At L.A. Auto Show

Hyundai’s new concept has an elegant profile and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Speeding Porsche Goes Airborne Crashing Into Second Floor Of NJ Building Killing Two

Police say the 2010 Porsche Boxster was traveling at a high rate of speed when it lost control.

This BMW Z8 Is Nearly 20 Years Old, Yet Hasn’t Aged A Day

Powering this 2000 BMW Z8 is a 395 HP 4.9-liter V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Big Banana Car Gets Stopped By Cop, Driver Gets $20 Tip Instead Of Ticket

After the officer found out everything checked out OK, he made a small contribution…

Official Chevy Sketch Hints At C8 Corvette Z06’s Cockpit Design

GM says this is “an early render of a potential interior” for the C8 Corvette Z06.

Take A Tour Around The Obnoxious $1 Million Karlmann King

The $1 million price tag is just the entry point for the world’s most expensive SUV.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace Going Under Knife For A Minor Facelift

The exterior styling changes are minor, but the 2021 E-Pace should have a significantly improved interior.

Dodge Recalls 173 Challengers And Chargers Over Wrong Wheel-Brake Combo

The issue impacts models with a certain wheel and brake package, which FCA admits shouldn’t have been an option.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Gains More Power And Equipment, But Prices Jump By $740

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale this fall and cost $25,090.

Corvette Dyno Results? Definitely DyNO As Motor Trend Admits Mistake

The original dyno results for the 2020 Corvette were created using two incorrect settings.