First 2019 Cadillac XT4 Reviews Are In, And They’re (Mostly) Positive

Cadillac’s very late entry into the premium compact SUV segment was without a doubt an incredibly poor decision management-wise. However, GM’s luxury arm finally has a presence in this highly-competitive slice of the market with the XT4.

Better late than never, right? The automaker has invited automotive journalists to a first drive event in North America so we can finally find out how Cadillac’s baby SUV stacks up against competitors like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Lexus UX, and Volvo XC40.

Starting with the driving experience, the power delivery from the XT4’s 237-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four is very smooth and strong enough but not as sporty as some of its rivals. As for the variable steering system, it is precise but very little feedback gets sent through the wheel.

So while we’re not dealing with a sporty SUV, the ride quality is fine most of the time — although the 2019 XT4 bounces a bit on rough pavement. Well, at least the seats are really cushy. Practicality is not bad either, with the XT4 offering more legroom than many of its rivals as well as a decent amount of headroom.

Quality-wise, the XT4 is a very pleasant surprise thanks to a cool combination of materials and colors. Cadillac has applied soft-touch plastics in almost every area that passengers are likely to put their hands on, which is pretty cool.

There’s a lot more to say about the 2019 Cadillac XT4 but that’s what the following video reviews are for.

  • botornot387

    Mostly positive, but this model is going to struggle to find as many homes with such a high price point. Cadillac keeps shooting itself in the foot with its pricing strategy. This car honestly looks like a previous gen CR-V from the back (not a good thing), and while chasing after X1 and Q3 sales, its priced higher than a comparable Q5, with still sub lux fit and finishing. DOA

  • getoffme

    Plastic everywhere. GM calls it a new platform but it is a Chevy in China underneath. Liars.

  • TheBelltower

    For Cadillac to get noticed, they are going to need to achieve Bentley levels of luxury so that every inch feels like money well spent. Matching an X1… people will just buy an X1.

    • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I would say at least Mercedes-Benz grade level of luxury (S-class) materials.

      • TheBelltower

        That would help. But I’m not sure it would translate with the kind of impact Cadillac needs. Mainly because the C-Class interior is the same thing as an S-Class, only in 5/8 scale. So IMO, Cadillac needs to do much better than a C/E/S class. The best thing for Cadillac to do may be to rewrite the standards for mainstream luxury cars so people know without a doubt that the cars are in a different league, and so buyers know their money will be well spent. Even going as far as including some of the “heirloom quality” materials found in cars like the the Chiron or Spyker. In volume, it should be possible.

        • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          I disagree because Cadillac doesn’t have Bentley-like customers especially considering most Cadillacs have Chevy roots.

          • TheBelltower

            Cadillac needs new customers. Anyone would love that level of quality.

    • Nick099

      Agreed. Power and driving dynamics coupled with a well-appointed interior for slightly less money than the rivals will win the day.

      Plain vanilla is not winning anything.

  • DM

    Am I the only one bothered by the lack of rear quarter windows behind the rear doors? I don´t appreciate this from the XC40 as well. Apart from bad visibility in the C-Pillar, it makes the car look smaller and not SUV-like.

  • Harry_Wild

    Reports say that if the XT4 sales are good; a V-Sport version might be in the works in 3-4 years. Cannot wait to see if it is of the M or AMG variety!

    • SteersUright

      If sales are good eh? hahaha…you must be a loyal fan…Cadillac hasn’t had a hit in years…

      • Enter Ranting

        I see lots of these in Los Angeles.

  • SteersUright

    Just another dull Cadillac product. GM, either take it in a truly bold new direction or put it out to pasture already.

  • Enter Ranting

    Ugh, I can’t believe stupid vehicles like this have completely taken over.

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