Cadillac’s SUV lineup is ever-changing. It does not stop for 2019 with its newest small SUV offering: the XT4.
I always find the smaller turbo SUVs to be some of the most fun to review. With a smaller footprint and athletic power, they become some of the more popular for consumers, as well. This week, we take a look at the XT4 from Cadillac.
Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder making just shy of 240 horsepower and around 250 pound-foot of torque. Power is routed through a 9-speed automatic and down to the pavement via all-wheel drive.
I had no issues with the transmission in this one even with the three extra gears. The turbo is smooth at the start, giving you a great leap off the line. Top-end power is lacking for sure, but it’s nothing that will hinder you. I really enjoyed the steering and handling, being a smaller SUV with wheels at the corner really allows for spirited driving.
Exterior styling is what got me hooked from the start. The sharp lines and tidy appearance makes for a striking overall look. Up front boasts a large dark grill with the logo floating in the middle — vertical LED daytime lights at the corners, of course, and LED headlights. Around back are the LED tails with dual exhaust peeking from the bumper. The tail lights turn inward toward the license plate and make for a balanced overall exterior design. I like how upright the tailgate is — makes for good interior space and a short vehicle overall.
Slide inside for the same treatment as the exterior. You’ll find an updated touch screen centering the dash with familiar switch work for the HVAC system. The driver’s instrument cluster is also digital and beautiful. I found the interior overall to be top-notch in terms of material and fit/finish. It appears sophisticated and clean cut. I also like the gear selector being more of a toggle than a traditional gear selector. Seating is super supportive and very comfortable. Rear seats are adequate for adults but only two.
My kids’ car seats install very quickly to the latches, and the trunk space is good for a couple of golf bags. On road, the XT4 is a wonderful companion, especially if you can take it on some back twisty roads. The ride overall is comfortable, but it does take bumps a little more harshly than you would expect from Cadillac. I really enjoyed suburban roads where you can cruise around 45 to 50 mph for long stretches. It handles well at that speed, and you can jump on the turbo a little coming out of corners. It’s a great all-around luxury SUV for those looking for something flashy that will carry a smaller family.
Cadillac claims 25 mpg average, and I was able to get up to 29 during some highway commuting. For the price of $41,795, the XT4 is a bit pricey for this size SUV; I would consider an XT5 at that point. But I did find the XT4 to be a mighty little SUV.
Will Chamberlain is a local freelance automotive journalist and full-time Realtor with eXp Realty in Beaver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.