The all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD is the smallest vehicle Cadillac has offered in a long time, but its significance is larger than an Escalade ESV. First off its a desperately needed crossover for a brand swimming in sedans, secondly it’s much more than a reach into the General Motors parts bin.
At the press launch in Seattle Washington, where Caddy executives and engineers claimed that the 2019 Cadillac XT4 is the first of a slew of new products that will return significant innovation to the brand, as something it was once known for. So here my 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD reviews:
Cadillac is positioning this crossover against out EQ3, BMW X1, and Mercedes GLA, the thing is 2019 Cadillac XT4 is larger than all of those slotting in between them and the Q5, X3, and GLC that’s a lot of letters from numbers.
In contrast 2019 Cadillac XT4 has just three trim levels luxury, premium luxury, and sport which is pretty much an appearance package with things like clear taillight lenses, sports only performance advantage is the ability to add an active damping suspension that reads each wheel 500 times per second which ought to be enough, don’t you think?
The brakes are electro-hydraulically controlled so the pedal response is more consistent in all conditions and there’s no parasitic engine loss from a vacuum pump. The 2-liter four-cylinder with a twin-scroll turbocharger is all-new and can run on just two cylindes, it’s ext 4s only power plants making 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque starting at 1500 RPM on specified premium fuel.
I’m not a big fan of electronic shift levers, but this one that controls a 9-speed gearbox. Manual shifting is available for the few owners that will use that feature. The twin clutch all-wheel-drive system can completely disengage the rear axle for a better fuel economy, drive modes, adjust transmission wrapping, steering, and throttle response.
If you’re an all-wheel drive and shut the vehicle off it will stay in all-wheel-drive the next time you turn it on. However, if you’re in sport mode which is also all-wheel drive shut the car off, turn it back on it, defaults to front-wheel drive which looks a little bit.
The all-wheel-drive grip is helpful, not all guesstimate zero to 60 miles an hour happens in just under 7 seconds. Must say I like the new 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine the band is very usable and it’s very smooth.
The new structure is steel girder solid in 4 hours of driving and never once felt a quiver, steering weight at speed is cheap Road fuel is good there’s a vibration absorber integrated into the airbag behind the steering wheel to reduce any unpleasantries coming up through the column. Right quality is comfortable, not soft and floaty Cadillac hasn’t done that for years, and it’s quietness, hmm it’s a Cadillac. A brand that does a poor job of marketing the excellent handling dynamics of most of its vehicles. I drove a premium luxury and sport model with the continuous damping suspension and found both to be good fun driving during hard cornering. The tires were specially developed for the XT four by Continental.
Disability is fine, Cadillac has improved its mirror that is both a regular unit showing my drive partner, perry stern, or a video monitor that offers a much wider field of vision, though it does take a moment for eyes to focus on it.
2019 Cadillac XT4 has a fuel-saving engine start/stop system, and it’s very smooth unlike other General Motors products though. This one has a button to turn it off easily.
The all-wheel-drive XT fours EPA fuel economy average is rated at 24 miles per gallon a smidge better than out EQ3 a ticker – lower than BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. Active safety features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control are available, or in other words, they’ll cost you.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Interior
I prefer the interior in the 2019 Cadillac XT4 – the one found in Big Brother XT5. I shot two of them at the event, the carbon fiber, and aluminum trims are top-notch same with the wood. Sturdy door handles are satisfying to operate, loads of stitching and substantial looking surrounds adorn the cabin. When your eyes drift downward through some plastics, look more Buick than Cadillac. I do like handy pockets for iPads and magazines. The optional surround view system has more cameras than an ESPN Studio including a unique view that appears to be shooting from the front and above; it also includes cross path detection. The chairs heated and vented as-tested are on the firm side but we’re comfortable and supportive during the drive feature for the driver is available.
Cadillac took a drubbing in the past for its cue user interface, this system is snappy and responsive with crisp resolution, and clean graphics through the 8-inch screen seems a touch small. Near-Field communications simplify phone pairing. The user interface uses the right amount of redundant knobs and hard buttons, these that control the HVAC system look and feel particularly useful. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are along for the ride, a long push on the home button easily toggles between them and the Cadillac interface.
Cadillac claims a six-foot-tall passenger can sit fairly comfortably behind a driver of the same size, that’s believable! 2019 Cadillac XT4 is future proofed with the latest USB ports heated seats are available. Door storage is skimpy, but there are pockets on both seats the optional panoramic roof adds a spacious vibe. While there are belts for three a moderately sized driveshaft tunnel and the small dimensions of this will cause most to stop at two passengers in this space.
I didn’t see the optional kick to open tailgate either there’s only so much time on these programs. The security shade removes easily but does not store well in the cargo hold, that’s something that might need to be left at home on occasion.
I would expect 40/20/40 split seats at the Cadillac level and since there are no seatback releases, owners will either get their designer jeans dirty from bumper road grime or walk around to the back doors drop the seats. Doing this offers up a nice flat load floor and a fairly generous 48.9 cubic feet of cargo room, not bad for a small ray.
2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD Price
XT4 has a solid design presence that looks better in person than a dozen pictures while it’s a Cadillac it has a different sense of style compared to XT55 and Escalade. Pricing starts at $37,790 for a front-drive luxury model which is close to a base GLA Q3 and X1 with the same equipment. The loaded up premium luxury and sport models that you see here are in the neighborhood of fifty-five grand which can be significantly higher than those German competitors.