I’m personally a huge fan of the Cadillac brand, and the Escalade is my favorite full-size SUV. Also, Cadillac’s performance V division shines with performance cars like the CTS-V and the ATS-V, both of which offer an amazing amount of bang for your buck when it comes to performance.
Cadillac is now taking on the competitive subcompact luxury crossover segment with the new 2019 Cadillac XT4, and while it’s not the prestigious and sporty Cadillac I’m used to driving, it definitely stands out in terms of styling and comfort.
While it may seem like that the Cadillac XT4 competes with the Audi Q5s and BMW X3s of the world because of its size, this Caddy is more after the Q3s and X1s. The Q5 and X3 battle is better suited for the XT5. Yes, the Cadillac XT4 fits right in between when it comes to overall length, but if you take into consideration interior dimensions and the price tag, you’ll notice it’s more of a subcompact than a compact crossover.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Exterior
There’s no doubt that this segment calls for some aggressive and youthful design and almost all of them deliver on that aspect — especially Cadillac. The exterior of the new Cadillac XT4 incorporates cues from the latest design direction for the brand from concepts like the Escala and EV Concept. The Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD I tested here features a gloss black mesh grille inspired by Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series models, gloss black window moldings and specific Sport alloy wheel options. All models also come standard with LED headlamps and taillights, while the Sport model gets exclusive clear LED taillights. I really like the exterior design, and how Cadillac built it’s already aggressive design language with sharp angles.
Now let’s talk about size. As I mentioned above, even though this is larger than other subcompact crossovers, to me it still qualifies as one due to the interior dimensions, pricing, and the overall feel. Whereas the XT5 feels more refined and luxurious like the Q5 and X3, the Cadillac XT4 feels more entry-level and fun like the Q3 and X1.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Interior
One thing you’ll notice when you get inside the new 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a new interior layout that you won’t see on other Cadillacs. Cadillac is getting rid of those fingerprint-prone polish trims, along with other gimmicks in favor of a more subdued interior. Notably, there’s an actual volume knob instead of the touch-sensitive volume glider. There is also a new rotary controller that allows you to use the CUE system instead of touching the actual screen. I’m a huge fan of this move.
Each Cadillac XT4, starting with the Luxury trim, comes standard with the new rotary controller and an eight-inch touchscreen that houses the CUE system. The system includes Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB (Type A and TypeC ), and an NFC reader for quick mobile pairing. You also get leatherette trim seats (power front seats), a rearview camera, rear park assist, and a 7-speaker sound system that you can upgrade for a Bose system. Through the addition of trims and packages you can add leather heated front and rear seats, massaging front seats, a rear camera mirror, wireless charging, power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, heads-up display, and other driver assist tech.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Safety
Safety wise, every Cadillac XT4 trim levels comes standard with a rear-view camera, intelligent braking system, rear park assist, and more. Optionally you can add front and rear park assist, surround vision camera, lane change alert, blind spot alert, rear cross traffic alert, and much more.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Performance
As a daily driver, this thing is quite comfortable. The Cadillac XT4 is available in three trim-levels including Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. The one I tested here is the Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD and while there isn’t anything sporty about it, I really enjoyed driving it for a full week. The 237-horsepower four-cylinder turbo engine is peppy enough to help it hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, and provides enough acceleration power to move in and out of lanes easily.
Yes, it’s not as sporty as other Cadillac models but I really don’t think it’s trying to be. This car seems to be for someone that lives a city life and needs a tiny crossover for the weekends or for when they go on a short trip with friends or family. For that, it definitely gets the job done.
Fuel economy wise the 2019 Cadillac XT4 delivers an EPA-estimated 22/29 mpg* (city/highway).
2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Overall
Overall, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 gets the job done for shoppers in this segment. However, I always recommend test-driving all options and doing your research before you pull the trigger. The Cadillac XT4 is the most expensive out of the models mentioned above when you’re going for the all-wheel-drive option with prices starting at $38,290**. That could very well be that the Cadillac XT4 offers more than its rivals including a long list of standard features, more rear legroom, and leading cargo volume.
The Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport I tested here carries a price of $52,265 and building out a fully-loaded model with all the bells and whistles and the most expensive options can set you close to $57,000**. If I were to buy a Cadillac XT4, I would probably just stick with the Premium Luxury AWD trim without adding any additional options and keep the price at $38,290. Visit your local AutoNation Cadillac dealership for a test drive today.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.