2020 Cadillac XT4

2020 Cadillac XT4 Review: For City-Slicking Families

Let's start off by stating that the Cadillac XT4 is a good car. It ticks most of the boxes you'd expect from a luxury compact crossover, and we think it offers a good all-round package. The only issue is its late arrival to the luxury compact crossover scene in the US. The market is currently flooded with similar looking and driving compact crossovers that all promise good interior and cargo space, with all the driving ability of their sedan counterparts, and some, such as the BMW X3, comes close. The XT4, on the other hand, feels like an SUV, but that's not necessarily a bad thing; its relaxed cruising style and good interior comfort makes it the perfect partner for city slicking families who aren't in a rush, mainly due to the 237 horsepower turbocharged four under the hood, that isn't exactly in a hurry. Standard features are good, but a lot is left to the options list, which will see the XT4's pricing significantly rising if you tick too many selections. The XT4 is a good car, but can it stand up to the Germans in a well-established market?

2020 Cadillac XT4 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 XT4?

The new Cadillac XT4 sees the addition of multiple technological additions that brings this subcompact luxury crossover into the new decade with confidence. Cadillac has added new "Jog" functionality to the user experience rotary controller, and off-road mode has been added to the drive mode selector. Driver safety assistance features now standard on all models include automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, and forward collision alert, and safety alert seats. Premium Luxury and Sport models also get rear pedestrian alert added. The active sport suspension system has now been extended to both 18-inch and 20-inch wheel sizes. New exterior colors include Silver Dusk Metallic and Garnet Metallic (both extra-cost colors), and the interior gets a new gear selector with Piano Black accents and bright-finish steering wheel controls.

Pros and Cons

  • It's a looker
  • Lots of cargo and passenger space
  • Refined engine
  • Good level of standard features
  • Interior material and build quality not on par with competitors
  • The ride could be more relaxed
  • It gets pricey
  • The road noise can become intrusive

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2020 Cadillac XT4 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Luxury
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$35,695
Premium Luxury
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$39,795
Sport
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$39,795

2020 Cadillac XT4 Exterior

There's no mistaking the 2020 XT4 for a Japanese, German, or Korean compact crossover: it shares its signature Cadillac styling with the rest of the brand's crossover range, including the larger XT5, and even the iconic Escalade. All models get auto on/off LED headlights, dual exit exhausts, and 18-inch alloy wheels, but for those who want that extra bling factor, a set of 20-inch nine-spoke alloys are available. Sport trim cars also get standard front cornering lamps. Premium Luxury cars get some notable extras that it shares with sports models. These features include automatic on/off headlamps with tunnel detection, a hands-free power liftgate, and a power sunroof. Both the Premium and Sport include body-color heated, driver-side auto-dimming power-folding outside mirrors. Premium Luxury and Sport models also get a power sunroof. Other optional extras across the range include a black surround grille with black mesh, and the Radiant Package, which adds a Galvano surround grille with Galvano finish, and 20-inch split seven-spoke alloy wheels with a polished finish.

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Dimensions

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 is classified as a subcompact/compact crossover SUV in the same vein as the Acura RDX or Volvo XC40, and its dimensions tell the story of a car compact in size, with decent ground clearance, height, and a short wheelbase - perfect for navigating the urban jungle. The overall length of the XT4 is measured at 181.1 inches, and it rolls on a 109.4-inch wheelbase. Total height is 64.1 inches with the roof rails included, and it sits 83.5 inches wide. Ground clearance is a useful 6.7 inches. Curb weight comes in at 3,660 pounds for the Luxury FWD, and 3,847 lbs for the AWD version. Premium Luxury cars weigh 3,690 lbs in FWD guise and go up to 3,876 lbs for the AWD car. Sport models up the ante with a curb weight of 3,710 lbs in FWD configuration, and 3,895 lbs in AWD.

  • Length 181.1 in
  • Wheelbase 109.4 in
  • Max Width 76.7 in
  • Front Width 63.2 in
  • Rear Width 63.1 in
  • Curb Weight 3,660.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

The XT4 is a car that competes in a market filled with cars featuring edgy styling and out-there colors, but is self-assured enough to not fall for those tricks: it wears its luxury classification with pride, and you can see that in its exterior color offering. Unfortunately, Cadillac offers only one no-cost color, Radiant Silver Metallic, while the rest of the range will cost you extra. Most extra-cost options are what you'd call 'mature' in nature: Twilight Blue Metallic, Shadow Metallic, and Garnet Metallic are all low-key choices and will set you back an extra $625. The two most in-your-face options are also the most expensive - at $1,225, you can have your choice of Crystal White Tricoat or Red Horizon Tintcoat. We'd get one in black and call it a day.

XT4 SUV Performance

With a relatively low curb weight and a zippy turbocharged engine, you'd expect the XT4 to deliver impressive performance, but after getting behind the wheel of this compact SUV, we can safely say that it likes cruising more than blasting through gaps in traffic. With 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque on tap, the XT4 accelerates with relative eagerness and will manage the 0-60 run in an independently tested 7.8 seconds, which is more than one second slower than the BMW X1. On city roads, the XT4 feels quick enough, but is happiest when cruising around instead of hunting for stoplight-to-stoplight adventure. Merging onto the highway is done with confidence, and staying at cruising speed is done without hassle. We would suggest leaving the driving mode in touring, as it compliments the relaxed nature of the engine, whereas Sport mode purely hangs onto gears and makes the driving experience less refined. When properly equipped, the XT4 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

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Engine and Transmission

The modern compact SUV market is flooded with small-capacity turbocharged engines, which is a boon for fuel economy, and also suits the city-dwelling nature of these cars. It comes as no surprise then that Cadillac has gone with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four gas engine that features active fuel management, direct injection, and auto stop/start. This setup produces a healthy 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to deliver confident performance. We found this engine to be silky smooth, and power delivery was beautifully linear. However, the low-down shove of turbo torque is still there. The 2020 XT4 is available in FWD and AWD guise, and in both cases, power gets sent to the wheels via a nine-speed automatic, which offers sharp and intuitive shifting and doesn't hunt around for gears, perfect then for cruising around at slower city speeds. A manual transmission is not available.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Unlike cars such as the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, which make use of the compact Delta architecture platform, the 2020 XT4 gets the first crossover specific variant of GM's mid-sized Epsilon architecture. This larger platform has not only given engineers more freedom in terms of exterior dimensions, but offers best in class torsional rigidity, and an improved suspension setup keeps unwanted body roll to a minimum. As with the engine setup in the XT4, the ride and handling are that of a more relaxed luxury cruiser than sporty crossover, and as long as the road is in good condition, the XT4 delivers a refined ride, but things get choppy as the road worsens, especially when fitted with those 20-inch rims. Steering feel is almost non-existent, which is a sore point for us, but we were impressed with the XT4's good brake feel and overall stopping power.

XT4 Gas Mileage

Thanks to its small-capacity turbocharged engine and cylinder deactivation technology, the XT4 delivers class-average gas mileage figures on par with competitors such as the Acura RDX. The EPA rates the 2020 XT4 at 24/30/26 miles per gallon city/highway/combined for the FWD version. The AWD car will see those numbers drop to 22/29/24 mpg. The Acura RDX, in its most fuel-efficient 2.0-liter FWD form, will manage a best figure of 22/28/24 mpg, and the XT4's larger sibling, fitted with the same 2.0T engine will achieve a best of 21/28/24 mpg. FWD cars are fitted with a 15.9-gallon tank, which means a maximum range of 413-miles using regular-type gas, while AWD cars with their 16.3-gallon tanks will travel for up to 391 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.9 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 24/30 mpg
* 2020 Cadillac XT4 Luxury FWD

2020 XT4 Interior

While spacious, we found that the quality of the 2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV's interior is below the class leaders, but the sleek design and minimalist approach of the center console can still be appreciated. We were also pleased with the amount of standard equipment on the base model. XT4

Luxury trim cars are equipped with eight-way power-adjustable driver seats, and six-way power-adjustable passenger seats and tech features such as 4G LTE Wi-Fi integration, dual-zone automatic climate control, active noise cancellation, cruise control, a drive mode selector with touring, sport and ice/slippery modes, as well as driver assistance features such as forward collision alert. Premium Luxury and Sports cars get ambient interior lighting and a rearview auto-dimming mirror. Sport versions also add four-way power lumbar driver seat controls, four-way power lumbar front passenger seat controls, alloy sport pedals, and a power driver seat back bolster. Optional extras include adaptive cruise control on Sport and Premium cars.

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Seating and Interior Space

The 2020 XT4 has a lot going for it; it's a handsome thing to look at, it's got decent power and a good list of standard features, but one of its main selling points, especially to families who are looking for a practical daily companion, is the outstanding amount of interior space. Five adults will comfortably fit inside the XT4. Luxury and Premium Luxury cars get two-way power lumbar driver and passenger seat controls, while Sport models get four-way power lumbar driver and passenger seat controls. The comfortable driver seat also gets eight-way power adjustability, while front passengers get six-way adjustments. Headroom in the front is a spacious 39.4 inches, while those in the rear get 38.3 inches. We were impressed with the XT4's miles of legroom: there are 40.4 inches in the front, and 39.5 inches in the rear.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 44.1 in
  • Front Head Room 39.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.3 in

Interior Colors and Materials

We like the modern-looking interior design of the 2020 XT4, which takes a minimalist approach instead of clusters of buttons found on competitors such as the BMW X1. This is all good and well, but unfortunately, the XT4 cannot hold its own to its European rivals in terms of material quality and workmanship. While the dashboard and upper door panels get some classy stitched faux-leather, the lower reaches of the interior are still filled with hard and unpleasant plastics. Up top, the Luxury and Premium sport a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while Sport models get a set of alloy pedals, and all cars get a gear shift handle with Piano Black accents. Luxury models are offered with Light Platinum or Jet Black leatherette seating surfaces, while Premium Luxury cars get a wide selection of leather seating surfaces, including Jet Black with mini-perforated inserts. Sport models are offered with Sedona and Jet Black leather seats.

2020 Cadillac XT4 Trunk and Cargo Space

The Cadillac XT4 SUV is built on GM's mid-sized Epsilon platform, which means there's more interior space than ever. Not only does the XT4 offer class-leading passenger space, but it also provides impressive trunk and cargo space. With the rear seats in the upright position, the XT4 offers a solid 22.5 cubic feet of space, which is enough room to fit a lifetime's worth of self-help books, but that's not all: fold down the 60/40 split-folding rear seat with fold-down armrest, and you get a generous 48.9 cubic feet of space, which is enough space to pack your very own set of self-help gurus.

Small-item storage is also good; there's a set of cupholders up front, lockable glove box, and seatback pockets on both the driver and passenger side.

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XT4 Infotainment and Features

Features

Cadillac is known to be generous with its standard features, and the XT4 is no different; even in base form, new owners will have a lot to look forward to, and it only gets better as you climb up the trim ladder. There are some driver assistance features and smaller luxury features that are omitted, but overall we think buyers will be getting a good deal. Standard features on the base model include cruise control, a drive mode selector, dual-zone automatic climate control, and forward collision alert. All cars also key keyless open and remote engine start. Stepping up to the Premium Luxury model will bag you an inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, a hands-free power liftgate, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert, all of which it shares with the Sport model. Sport trim cars include a sport leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver seat back bolster for the driver and passenger, as well as alloy sport pedals and four-way lumbar support for both driver and passenger. Optional extras on Premium and Sport models include wireless charging and an in-vehicle ionizer as part of the Technology Package, as well as adaptive cruise control and reverse auto braking as part of the Driver Assist Package.

Infotainment

All 2020 XT4 cars come with a standard eight-inch display that runs off of Cadillac's GUE software. The setup is nestled into the dashboard and offers crisp images and relatively quick responses to inputs. This system offers most of the modern necessities, such as SiriusXM with a 360L trial subscription, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration, as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, a 4.2-inch diagonal color driver Information center, and a seven-speaker audio system which sounds reasonably good, especially when listening to Evil by metal legends Mercyful Fate. Optional infotainment features include a larger eight-inch diagonal color driver information center, Bose Centerpoint surround sound system with 13 speakers, and integrated navigation. For those with kids, Cadillac also offers a rear-seat infotainment system with DVD player.

2020 Cadillac XT4 Common Problems and Reliability

Those looking at the XT4 as a reliable family transporter will be pleased to hear that there have been no recalls issued for this compact SUV in the last three years, and J.D. Power has awarded it a consumer verified 79 out of 100 on their reliability and satisfaction rating scale. Cadillac will look after its customers with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty that includes corrosion cover for the same amount of time, as well as drivetrain and roadside assistance cover for six years or 70,000 miles. It also offers a one-year/one-visit maintenance plan.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

XT4 Safety

This five-seater compact SUV will, in the majority of cases, be used to transport small to medium-sized families to work, school, and the grocery store on a daily basis, which means safety will be one of the top priorities. Luckily, the 2020 XT4 has been put through some intense reviews by both the NHTSA and IIHS, and the results are not all that bad. The NHTSA's review of the Cadillac XT4 resulted in a full five out of five stars on its rating scale, while the arguably more thorough IIHS was impressed with its partial test, where the XT4 scored well in both side, and moderate front overlap tests. The XT4's excellent reviews will improve its standing in the segment for safety-focused shoppers.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

2020 Cadillac XT4 Key Safety Features

Safety features are spread out over the three trim levels, and a significant number are reserved for the options list. Standard across the range are features such as LED headlamps, automatic emergency braking, and HD rear vision camera, cruise control, front pedestrian braking, and an eight airbag system with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as head-curtain airbags for all rows in outboard seating positions. Luxury cars get rear park assist and auto on/off headlamps. Sport and Premium Luxury cars add lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear park assist, as well as an inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, and automatic on/off headlamps with tunnel detection. Optional features on Sport and Premium Luxury models include lane keep assist with lane departure warning, advanced adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and rear pedestrian alert.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Cadillac XT4 a good car?

Despite being a latecomer to the market, the Cadillac XT4 is a luxury crossover SUV with a lot going for it. We think its distinctive Cadillac look, which is reminiscent of the iconic Escalade, makes it stand out from a crowd of crossovers that all look like they came out of the same cookie jar. Under the hood, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides enough go to get the XT4 going, and its refined nature adds to the overall relaxed feel of this compact Caddy. Inside the interior might not be up to German standards, and we don't appreciate the use of hard plastics in the lower regions of the cabin, but there is miles of interior space and a decent infotainment system on offer. Standard features on the base model are good, but some of the more premium features are left to the options list, even on the top-spec trims. On the road, the ride can get a bit busy at lower speeds, and road noise can get intrusive, but other than those small complaints, we think the XT4 offers a good all-round package.

🚘What's the Price of the Cadillac XT4 in 2020?

The 2020 Cadillac XT4's price is close to the likes of the 2020 Acura RDX, with a base price of $35,695 for the FWD Luxury model, excluding registration, tax, and a destination fee of $995. The AWD version of the same trim will set you back $38,195. Premium Luxury models go for just under $40k at $39,795 for the FWD model and $42,295 for the AWD car. Sport models go for the same price as the Premium Luxury model. Acura RDX models have an MSRP of $37,800, and top out at $47,900. The BMW X3 only starts at $41,950, adding AWD sees it rise to $43,950. Fully-kitted, the XT4 in Premium Luxury AWD configuration will cost close to $55,000.

2020 Cadillac XT4 Models

There are a sum total of three trims available for 2020 with varying specs. The lineup starts with the Luxury, which, for a starting price of $35,695 will bag you a turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine producing 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to either the front or all four wheels on all trims via a nine-speed auto transmission.

Standard features on the luxury include LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic emergency braking, rear park assist, cruise control, as well as remote start, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, power-adjustable front seats, and dual-zone climate control.

Premium Luxury models offer exterior features such as Satin aluminum longitudinal roof rails, illuminating door handles, auto-dimming outside mirrors, and active aero shutters. Inside, Premium Luxury models add leather seating surfaces, ambient interior lighting, front and rear park assist, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, as well as lane change alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert.

Sport models gain exclusive features such as a sport grille, Gloss Black longitudinal roof rails, body-color door handles, and diamond-cut Argent Metallic finished alloy wheels. On the inside, the Sport gains a four-way power lumbar driver seat with a power seatback bolster for the driver and front passenger, as well as alloy sport pedals, and a sport leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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2020 Cadillac XT4 Additional Packages

The XT4 is offered with a wide range of additional options. Starting with the base model in FWD guise, you can get a Cold Weather Package for $850, which adds heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Premium Luxury is offered with a $2,100 Comfort and Technology Package, which adds an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, lumbar driver massage, and four-way power lumbar driver seat controls amongst others. The $1,650 Technology Package includes wireless charging, and in-vehicle ionizer, a power-adjustable steering column and front cornering headlamps and trades for $1,400 on Sport trim cars. Probably one of the most significant packages would be the $1,100 Driver Assist bundle, which adds advanced adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking, reverse braking, and is only available on Premium Luxury and Sport models.

🚗What Cadillac XT4 Model Should I Buy?

The XT4 is well packaged from the base model upwards, and all trim levels share the same 2.0-liter turbocharged motor, nine-speed automatic transmission, and optional AWD system, so the decision as to which model you should buy will boil down to how many features you'd want. Seeing as the XT4 is a vehicle that will spend the overwhelming majority of its life on paved roads, we'd suggest saving some money and going for an FWD model, which will also save you on fuel costs. After that, we'd recommend going with the Premium Luxury model, purely based on the fact that it offers more standard driver assistance features. The Premium Luxury models add ambient interior lighting, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, front and rear park assist, as well as lane change alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert. In this specification, you can expect to pay $39,795, excluding destination charges. We would suggest going with the $1,100 Driver Assist Package for added safety.

2020 Cadillac XT4 Comparisons

Acura RDX CarBuzz
Cadillac XT5
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Cadillac XT4237 hp24/30 mpg$35,795
Acura RDX 272 hp22/28 mpg$38,400
Cadillac XT5 235 hp22/29 mpg$43,995

2020 Cadillac XT4 vs Acura RDX

The 2020 RDX forms part of Acura's push to revitalize the brand's standing in the USA, which has been stuck in the doldrums for the past few years. The third-generation RDX was launched in 2019 and aims to compete in the luxury crossover segment. Its competitors include the BMW X3 and Lexus NX. We like its gutsy 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, significantly more than the XT4. Fuel economy is rated at 22/28/24 mpg city/highway/combined for the FWD model. The exterior of the RDX is attractive, which is good and well, but what matters most is its vast trunk space and improved infotainment system, which is a pleasure to use. On the road, the RDX is the more entertaining car to drive. We did find that the interior is still below German rivals but feels on par with the XT4. If you're looking for more performance and dynamic handling, then the RDX should suit you fine, and we'd recommend it over the XT4 because of that reason.

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2020 Cadillac XT4 vs Cadillac XT5

The XT5 is a middle child struggling to find its place in the luxury SUV market; it's not exactly a compact like the XT4, but it's not a fully-fledged midsize car either. It competes against some seriously accomplished cars such as the Audi Q5, and its new 2.0-liter turbocharged 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque lack the punch offered by its competitors. Its 310-hp V6 offers good punch, but is thirstier. As with the XT4, the XT5 offers a good list of standard features and a spacious cabin with good cargo space, and the build quality and material choices are on par with the XT4. The XT5 is a surprisingly capable handler, and we also appreciate its intuitive infotainment system. The larger XT5 doesn't convince with the 2.0T engine, and its more traditional V6 didn't blow us away either, but it does move along the XT5 with more pace than the XT4 with its single option 2.0T. What hits the final nail in the coffin for the XT5 is its high starting price of $44,095 while the XT4's price starts at well under $40,000.

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