Is The 2019 Cadillac XT4 Able To Hack The Subcompact Niche?

It may be a newcomer to the premium subcompact SUV segment, but the Cadillac XT4 aims straight for the more established models such as the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 and many more.

Stylistically, it takes after the brand’s larger SUVs up to a point and adds its own twists, has a nicely-made cabin with plenty of soft-touch surfaces, a modern design and an infotainment system that’s integrated into the middle of the dashboard.

Even the base model, called Luxury, offers sufficient gear. It starts from $34,795 and comes with 18-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, audio system and Rear Park Assist. The Premium Luxury carries a $4,500 premium and adds illuminated door handles, satin aluminum roof rails and side window surrounds, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist. The Sport has an identical MSRP and equipment, and any changes are just visual.

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

Regardless of the trim level, there is but a single engine choice: a 2.0-liter four-pot develops 237 hp (240 PS / 177 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque and is matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

After purchasing the mid-range model, equipped with several optional extras that have brought the price to $49,430, Consumer Reports said the engine delivers enough punch. Handling is another strong point, as the 2019 XT4 felt nimble and secure on their course.

If you expect it to be more comfortable than most of its rivals just because it’s a Caddy, then you’ll be disappointed to find out that’s not the case, as even with the standard wheels, the ride quality is anything but smooth.

The XT4 lost more points for the positioning of the rear bench, as well as the infotainment system, which takes time and practice to master. For the rest of their observations, you may want to check out the short video review below.


  • Rocket

    In a word, underwhelming.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    It shows that this was rushed to market by GM, it is a lackluster product through and through.

    • ME

      What? Maybe you’re confusing it with the Blazer. I love this thing, just the price is killing it.

  • FloridaMatt

    A difficult to use infotainment system in a new Cadillac? How true to form. Funny, years ago both Ford’s Sync and Cadillac’s CUE both were met with well-deserved derision for their unease-of-use. But nowadays Ford’s Sync3 is widely regarded as one of the best, and Cadillac’s isn’t even close.

    Meanwhile, Cadillac’s interiors show they haven’t learned much there either. Cadillac’s best hope for the next year is that potential buyers don’t look at Lincolns — especially the new Aviator and Corsair.

    • JT L

      Hopefully the next Escalade will have a nice interior that’s worthy of the caddy name.

    • eb110americana

      This isn’t CUE though. This is GM’s new Infotainment 3. It is one of the best on the market. It’s fast, clean, and simple. The idea that this would be hard to learn, tells me that the reviewers at CR find a digital toaster intimidating.

      Mercedes and BMW both hide major functions several menus deep, and require excessive effort for simple operations. GM’s system is as easy to use as a smart phone, and takes just a few taps to get where you want to go. Why would anyone want to spin a dial through a rotary menu while watching a screen when you could just tap the button and be done with it?

      By the way, Ford’s Sync is one of the ugliest on the market. The only thing that elevates it above the terrible Japanese systems, is that it’s now fast and the screen res is high, but the graphics look like Windows ’98.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    You can get a well specced Alfa Stelvio for that. I know which Id rather have.

  • Rasta_Farian

    Lincoln’s SUV lineup looks a lot more attractive inside and out. Sorry, Cadillac. (probably don’t need the comma in that last sentence…)

  • Bash

    I would look at Lincoln lineup right now, they are really doing great at the time being.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    a caddilac that looks like a Kia niro no tnx

  • SteersUright

    Yuck inside. Yuck outside. Yuck on the weak-ass engine, yuck on the the entire damn vehicle. In fact, Cadillac is just a yucky brand these days in general.

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