2020 Cadillac XT4

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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?

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2020 Cadillac XT4 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 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
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2020 XT4 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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

2020 XT4 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • 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.

2020 XT4 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

2020 XT4 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 XT4 Safety and Reliability

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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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

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.

2020 Cadillac XT4 Comparisons

Acura RDX CarBuzz
Cadillac XT5
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Cadillac XT4235 hp24/30 mpg$35,795
Acura RDX 272 hp22/28 mpg$41,350
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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