2022 Cadillac XT4

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2022 Cadillac XT4 Review: High-Riding Compact

The late arrival of the Cadillac XT4 to the luxury compact crossover segment is its main problem. This particular segment has been around since 2003 when BMW launched the first-generation X3, and the rest of the German manufacturers followed shortly after, with the Brits and the Japanese hot on their tails. The segment itself has quickly become the most popular in the US market, with most luxury compact crossovers now in their second or third generation, giving them enough time to build a reputation. Cadillac only entered the segment in 2019 - but at least it arrived with a reasonably good car. While it feels more like an SUV, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Cadillac XT4 is a relaxed cruiser with a 235-horsepower/258- lb-ft turbocharged four-pot under the hood. The standard features list is good, and Cadillac has improved it by adding even more last year. There's no doubt that the XT4 is a good car, but is it good enough to lure customers away from the likes of competitors such as the Acura RDX, The Audi Q3, or BMW X1?

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 6 /10
  • Performance 8 /10
  • Fuel Economy 8 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 7 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 8 /10
  • Reliability 8 /10
  • Safety 9 /10
  • Value For Money 7 /10
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2022 Cadillac XT4: 🚙What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Cadillac XT4?

The 2022 Cadillac XT4 undergoes only a few very minor changes. There are three new extra-cost metallic paint colors added to the Premium palette - Galactic Gray, Rosewood, and Latte - and the Sport's brake callipers are now painted red. There have been a few deletions too; the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine loses 2 hp - down from 237 to 235 hp - and when speccing the Premium Carpet Package, the standard floor mats underneath no longer accompany the vehicle. The NFC wireless phone-pairing features will also be absent from all trims this year.

Pros and Cons

  • It's a good looking car
  • Ample passenger and cargo space
  • Smooth, refined engine
  • Generous standard features
  • Interior build quality below par
  • The ride could be softer
  • It can get expensive
  • Intrusive road noise

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2022 Cadillac XT4 Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Premium Luxury
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

The XT uses the GM's new Epsilon architecture. GM says it gives their engineers more freedom in terms of interior space and exterior design. It also claims class-leading torsional rigidity, which makes the handling more precise. Once again, it sounds like a sporty setup but it's really not. The XT4 is a refined, luxury cruiser more than anything else. It likes smooth tarmac, as the ride is compromised as soon as conditions get a little rougher. It's even worse with the optional 20-inch alloy wheels, which is something to keep in mind if you want to tick that box. The brakes are good, but the steering is devoid of any feel. The latter is particularly disappointing, but it will likely not matter to the average person in the market for a luxury compact crossover.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 Cadillac XT4 a Good SUV?

The XT4 may be late to the party, but we think that may just count in its favor. You see, Cadillac has had a long, long time to study this particular segment and what customers are attracted to specifically. These attributes are usually a stylish exterior, a frugal engine, a spacious interior, and loads of features they can show to their friends. The Caddy hits the nail on the head in every department, especially when it comes to style. Cadillac's design works exceptionally well on a smaller SUV.

We're not fans of the hard plastics on the inside, but Cadillac makes up for it by giving customers an attractive, minimalist interior with many features. And let's not forget that it's pretty spacious, too. While the standard features are generous, we feel some essential bits on the options list could have been standard, especially on the top-spec models. The ride can get busy at lower speeds, and some road noise intrudes into the cabin, which are not things you'd expect from a supposedly premium product. Having said all of this, we do think the Cadillac's positive attributes outweigh the few niggles we found. Safety reviews were positive, and gas mileage isn't awful. Overall, the XT4 is a good package.

2022 Cadillac XT4 Comparisons

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2022 Cadillac XT4 vs Acura RDX

The RDX is part of Acura's plan to re-establish itself as a proper competitor in the American market. It was launched in 2019 and is a compelling package, offering a 272 hp/280 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine. It's not just more powerful on paper - you can feel those extra horses at work when you drive it. The fuel economy is also close to the XT4, with an EPA estimate of 22/28/24 mpg for the FWD model. The RDX is an attractive car, offers more interior space than the XT4, and it's more entertaining to drive. Like the XT4, the RDX is still below par in the quality department; the Germans set a very high standard in this segment. The Acura's infotainment is easier to use, but we prefer the minimalist approach of the Cadillac. Overall, the Acura is a more dynamic car, so if you want something that will provide a more entertaining driving experience, the RDX is a better buy.

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2022 Cadillac XT4 vs Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac XT5 has a starting price of $43,995, so there's some overlap to when you start adding options to the XT4. Both SUVs use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, but the XT5 can also be ordered with a 310-hp V6 motor. Although the XT5 is bigger, it's not so much larger that you'd really notice it outright, and it actually sits in an awkward segment of one: not quite as small as the XT4, but not as big as a midsize SUV. Still, the XT5 handles surprisingly well although the four-pot engine doesn't perform particularly brilliantly, due to the additional weight.

Like the XT4, the XT5 boasts a generous standard specification, but the base model is slightly light on optional extras. To gain access to the driver's assistance systems, and the luxurious interior features, you have to opt for a mid-spec XT5, which retails for $48,795. We reckon the XT4 is a more rounded package.

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