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2024 Cadillac XT4

Starting from CAD $44,833

Vehicle Score 7.9/10
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The redesigned Cadillac XT4 has the potential to be a great luxury compact SUV, but does it truly meet Cadillac’s high standards for luxury?

The Cadillac Escalade has long been the pinnacle of luxury in Cadillac’s lineup, renowned as one of the best full-size luxury SUVs on the market. Now, Cadillac is extending that premium treatment to its entire lineup, including the XT4. The XT4 has a sharp exterior design, a more spacious interior than its rivals, and is packed with advanced technology.

The XT4 is powered by a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 235 hp and is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. While its performance isn’t particularly exciting, it’s more than good enough for most driving conditions. The engine provides good low-end power for city driving and strong acceleration for merging onto highways.

The XT4 prioritizes comfort over sportiness, which is noticeable when driving around town. While the XT4 isn’t geared towards performance, it does have a dedicated sport mode that makes the throttle more responsive. The handling and steering are typical of a comfort-focused luxury vehicle. The steering feels numb, and the sport mode only enhances throttle response, without doing much else to increase the SUV’s performance aspect.

The ride quality from the XT4 is impressive, with the suspension providing a comfortable and smooth experience. While it absorbs bumps well, it can feel harsh on rough roads, possibly due to the optional 20-inch wheels. Despite this, the ride never becomes too harsh and maintains Cadillac’s reputation for delivering a luxurious driving experience.

The XT4 is available in both FWD and AWD, with FWD only available on the base trim. The fuel consumption difference between the two is minor: FWD is rated at 10.0/8.1 L/100 km (city/highway) while the AWD is rated at 10.4/8.4 L/100 km (city/highway). Although the XT4 lacks a hybrid powertrain, the fuel economy is reasonable for a vehicle of this size. Plus, the active fuel management system, GM’s cylinder deactivation technology, helps reduce fuel consumption by temporarily deactivating select cylinders at certain speeds.

The interior of the refreshed XT4 is a significant improvement over the previous generation, meeting the high standards expected from a Cadillac. It’s visually appealing, comfortable, and spacious, offering class-leading rear legroom. The dashboard and upper door panels are covered in a stitched, faux leather wrap, adding a touch of luxury. While the buttons and switches look good, they don’t feel as premium as those in German rivals.

The XT4 might have the best tech offering in its class, starting with the 33.0-inch infotainment system that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 33.0-inch screen with rounded edges covers the dashboard, it not only looks impressive but also elevates the XT4’s cabin. Unlike some other automakers, GM’s infotainment UI is user-friendly, offering both touch functionality and a console-mounted knob. The digital gauge cluster is also impressive, providing good customization options.

Regarding safety and driver assistance, the XT4 comes equipped with the Cadillac Smart System, a suite of standard features that includes emergency braking, intelligent alerts, parking assistance, and vehicle monitoring. While the automatic emergency braking can be sensitive, other systems like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist work effectively.

The XT4’s cargo space is generous, offering 637L behind the rear seats and expanding to 1384L with the rear seats down. The interior is also well-optimized for storing small items, providing plenty of storage options for personal belongings.

The XT4 is available in three different trims, and Cadillac has kept the lineup straightforward. Each trim offers a compelling value proposition, making it easy to find a model that suits your needs and preferences.

Starting with the Luxury trim, it’s ideal for budget-conscious individuals entering the luxury vehicle market and seeking an SUV with a solid offering. Priced at $48,233 for the AWD model, it is relatively affordable compared to other luxury compact SUVs. Despite its size, the XT4 offers a level of luxury expected from higher-end Cadillac models. Shoppers can also opt for the FWD model, available only on this base trim, for $44,833.

For those looking to maximize their XT4 experience, the Sport or Premium Luxury trims are the top choices. Priced about $4,000 more than the base trim, they come with all the bells and whistles, making the vehicle feel truly luxurious and enhancing your daily driving experience. Most differences between the Sport or Premium Luxury trims are minor, like some exterior styling variations.

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