With the introduction of 2020 Cadillac XT4, the void of a compact SUV in the Cadillac lineup seems to be filled. With an overall length extending to about 181 inches, the Cadillac XT4 is an SUV that qualifies for both compact and subcompact segments. This car is derived from the FWD, double-row XT5 model launched in 2017.
The XT4 is powered by a capable 2.0L I4 engine that is capable of generating 237 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The maximum power is available at 5000 rpm, while the maximum torque output is at 1500 rpm. The proficient 2.0L I4 engine is coupled with a responsive 9-speed automatic transmission. This allows for an effectual and effortless gear-shifting.
Available in a total of 3 trims, the opening bid for the 2020 XT4 is $34,795. Buick Envision, Lincoln MKC, and Volvo XC40 are the prime competitors to the 3-row, compact Cadillac XT4. Like the XT4, all of its competitors feature an automatic transmission. The XT4 outshines its competitors in terms of a sleek build, lesser curb weight, an impressive wheelbase and a maximum towing capacity extending that max out at 3500 lbs.
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2020 Cadillac XT4 Features
The all-new Cadillac XT4 comes in three trim levels. The base model Cadillac XT4 Luxury, the enhanced Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury, and the athletic Cadillac XT4 Sport. To further stimulate the compact SUV enthusiasts, each trim is available with either FWD or AWD drivetrain. So, in essence, there are several options to choose from while opting for the 2020 Cadillac XT4.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury
Cadillac XT4 Sport
LED headlamps and taillamps
Leather seating surfaces
18" 10-spoke alloy wheels with Diamond-Cut/Argent Metallic finish
Cadillac user experience with rotary controller
Front and Rear Park Assist
Gloss Black finish on front grille, side window surround and roof rails
Rear Park Assist
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
Leatherette trim with Sport accents
Phone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Carbon-fiber or wood interior trim
Rear Vision Camera
Sport steering wheel
Selectable drive modes
Interior ambient lighting
Pricing options for the Cadillac XT4 Luxury FWD and AWD start from $35,790 and $38,290, respectively. This trim comes with a plethora of standard features, including the Cadillac user experience with the rotary controller. Other features available as standard with the trim includes a rear vision camera and selectable drive modes. Moreover, phone integration is available by the means of Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto.
The price for Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury FWD and AWD starts from $40,290 and $42,790, respectively. Cadillac XT4 Sport is the athletic top of the line trim of the 2020 Cadillac XT and pricing options for the FWD start from $40,290 while the AWD variant will set you back by $42,790.
You can choose from either of the Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury AWD and Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD trims and won't regret it. However, the choice of trim will be largely driven by your likes and dislikes. For those aiming for an XT4 with luxurious features, the former is the trim to go for, while those wanting an athletic and speedy drive, the Sport AWD is the trim you should spend your money on.
2020 Cadillac XT4 Engine and Performance
With an output of 237 horsepower, the XT4's turbo 2.0-liter engine matches most competitors in terms of oomph. The optional adaptive suspension looks to provide more engaging handling, but it's only available on the Sport trim level and with the 20-inch wheels.- edmunds
Engine and Transmission
Cadillac XT4 features a workhorse of an engine which is a turbocharged 2.0L I4. This capable engine delivers 237 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is complemented by a responsive 9-speed automatic transmission system.
In the segment, Volvo XC40 offers the maximum power at 248 hp closely followed by the Lincoln MKC with 245 hp of power. Buick Envision delivers the least power at 197 hp generated by a 2.5L I4 engine.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
2.0L Turbocharged l4
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
197 hp @ 6300 rpm
248 hp @ 5500 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
275 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
192 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
In terms of torque output, the 2020 Cadillac XT4 is tied in the second spot with the Volvo XC40 with 258 lb.-ft. Lincoln MKC and offers the maximum torque at 275 lb.-ft. Buick Envision, once again, offers the least torque at 192 lb.-ft.
Volvo XC40 comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. On the other hand, both Buick Envision and Lincoln MKC feature a 6-speed automatic transmission mode.
All-new Cadillac XT4 has impressive acceleration stats. It can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.2 seconds and complete a quarter-mile drag race in just under 15.6 seconds. The super-short first gear ensures a quick launch. This Caddie also boasts of the best efficiency to horsepower quotient in the segment. However, in the competition it is meant to be in, Volvo XC40 offers the most impressive 0-60 MPH acceleration time as well as quarter-mile time.
XC40 hits 60 MPH in 6.2 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds. The torque output of the 2L engine under its hood combined with the curb weight are the major factors behind this car's impressive acceleration stats.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
Lincoln MKC comes second in terms of acceleration in the competition. This car clocks in at 7.1 seconds for the 0-60 MPH time and 15.3-second in the quarter-mile time. Buick Envision finished last with 8.5 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH from nothing. Furthermore, it takes 16.3 seconds for covering a quarter-mile.
The braking performance of the 2020 Cadillac XT4 is pretty impressive. It is equipped with four sets of disc brakes with ABS. The diameter of the brakes is not known. The XT4 takes 126 feet to come to a complete halt from 60 mph.
The application of the brake pedal is smooth and very responsive. Under regular usage, there is no noticeable nosedive. However, when applied under emergency situations, the XT4 does experience a mild nosedive, which is expected of an SUV.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
Brake Front (in.)
Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
Ride and Handling
The 2020 XT4 is smooth. Engine noise is non-existent and the acoustic insulation does a great job of keeping the external noise out of the cabin. The well-tuned five-link rear suspension keeps you from feeling the road imperfections and at times you might wonder if the car is actually moving. The steering is pretty responsive and you will be very confident facing sharp turns at high speeds. The top of the line sport trim, staying true to its name, adds a hint of sportiness in its drive quality. The stiffer suspension might not be at home in the city, however, on the highway driving the Sport trim is sure to bring a smile on your face.
The 2020 Cadillac XT4 also features CDC (Continuous Damping Control). This feature modifies the damper's valve constantly on the basis of a number of key driving parameters.
2020 Cadillac XT4 Fuel Economy
The FWD XT4 has fuel economy figures of 24 mpg, 30 mpg, and 26 mpg for the city, highway and combined. If you opt for the AWD XT4, the fuel economy takes a hit and figures go down to 22 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and a combined figure of 24 mpg.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
Volvo XC40 along with the XT4 are the most fuel-efficient cars in the segment with combined figures of 30 mpg. 2nd amongst the competition in terms of combined fuel economy is the Buick Envision. It features a combined fuel economy 25 mpg, 22 mpg in cities and 29 mpg on highways. Lincoln MKC stays at the 3rd spot with a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg. Individually, MKC delivers 20 mpg in cities and 27 mpg on highways.
2020 Cadillac XT4 Interior
The design and quality of the materials look to match what you'll find in other Cadillacs, making it attractive but not class-leading. The rear seating area is quite roomy.- edmunds
Seating and Comfort
Being a compact SUV, 2020 Cadillac XT4 finds enough space for 5 persons. The ride flaunts 39.4, 57 and 40.4 inches of headroom, shoulder room, and legroom, respectively in the front seats. The shoulder room is best among the class rivals, while the headroom is second only to Envision's 40 inches. However, the legroom is least amongst the competition. Lincoln MKC offers the most legroom of 42.8 inches available in the front.
The headroom, shoulder room and legroom available in the back of XT4 is 38.3, 55.1 and 39.5 inches, respectively. Apart from the legroom, the other two are least amongst its class rivals. Legroom, nonetheless, is the maximum available in the competition.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Both rows of seats are extremely comfortable. The optional heating capabilities comes handy during winters. The tall stance of the XT4 makes for a very commanding seating position and offers a good view of the road ahead.
Cadillac's CUE infotainment system is more infamous than being famous. 2020 Cadillac XT4 will also have the same proprietary infotainment system albeit with some twist(s). This version will feature a rotary controller as an alternative means of controlling the infotainment features. It means that instead of using the irritating touch controls, one can use the controller to access features.
The infotainment system features an 8-inch touch display. Fascinatingly, the infotainment system is backed by NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology, making an easier connection with devices. Other prominent feats of the XT4's infotainment system includes 4 standard USB ports and wireless charging. Furthermore, the infotainment system will be available with built-in support for 4G LTE networks.
Cadillac XT4 comes with 22.5 cubic feet of default cargo space. This is more than that of the 20.7 cubic feet offered by the Volvo XC 40. However, it falls behind the 25.2 and 26.9 cubic feet of trunk capacity flaunted by the Lincoln MKC and Buick Envision, respectively.
Moreover, the total cargo space available when the 2nd row is folded in XT4 is 48.9 cubic feet. This is the least offering among its class rivals. Buick Envision offers the maximum for this section, 57.3 cubic feet.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
Cargo Volume with 2nd row up (ft.3)
Cargo Volume with 2nd row folded (ft.3)
The Cadillac XT4 offers a massive towing capacity of 3500 lbs. The Volvo in contention offers the same towing capacity.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
Maximum Towing Capacity
The look on the inside of 2020 Cadillac XT4 depends greatly on the trim level as well the interior combo one decides to go for. Nonetheless, there is no scarcity of standard interior features, including:
Ambient white lighting
Spacious, fully functional cabin
Segment-leading rear legroom
2020 Cadillac XT4 Exterior
The exterior is related to Cadillac's recent products, although it's fair to say the company's design language works better on a small, high-riding vehicle like the XT4. The size attempts to blend a manageable footprint with adequate cabin space. - thecarconnection
Dimension and Weight
2020 Cadillac XT4 has length and width of 181.6 and 76.6 inches, respectively. Comparing with the competition, Cadillac XT4 is shorter than that of the Buick Envision but longer than that of the MKC and XC 40. It's the widest car among the chosen pack.
The styling of the exterior shell of the XT4 borrows a lot of cues from the Escalade. It features sharp lines that set this car apart from the competition. The standard LED DRL's lend the XT4 a very contemporary and bold front fascia. The blacked-out front grille makes for a perfect background for the Cadillac logo. To the back, the vertical LED tail lamps are borrowed from the Escalade. Warm shades such as Orange and Red make this car look very elegant.
Cadillac XT4 Luxury
Curb weight (lbs.)
Ground clearance (in)
Track width (in) F/R
There are several similarities to the exteriors of the XT4 with that of its older sibling, the XT5 such as
Sculpted, muscular body
Signature light blades
Sturdy, elegant 18-inch wheels
Beautiful vertical grille
Breezy rear window
2020 Cadillac XT4 Safety
The list of available safety features with the 2020 Cadillac XT4 does not reflect well on its price tag. Nonetheless, there are sufficient features to keep you safe. In addition to front and rear airbags, there is an availability of dual front side-mounted airbags. Furthermore, a passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation mechanism is also available. IIHS has notrated the 2020 Cadillac XT4. However, NHTSA rated this car 5 stars in terms of overall ratings.
In order to enhance the safety of children, the 2020 Cadillac XT4 comes with rear door child safety locks. Traction control and post-collision safety system are also available to assist the passengers to avoid any undesirable situations. Some of the safety features are
Rear Door Child Safety Locks
Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Auto Delay Off Headlamps
Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
Post-Collision Safety System
Front And Rear Head Airbags
2020 Cadillac XT4 Competition
Cadillac XT4 VS Buick Envision
With a 2.5L I4 engine under the hood, the Buick Envision gets 197 hp of power and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. Both numbers are lowest among among the competition and the engine does feel underpowered, especially when you're on the highway. The I4 engine is complemented by a 6-speed automatic transmission. Buick Envision has an unimpressive and sluggish acceleration that will leave a sour taste in your mouth. Pricing for this SUV starts from $33,995, which is about $800 less than that of the opening bid for the Cadillac XT4 Luxury.
Cadillac XT4 VS Lincoln MKC
Another SUV that competes with the 2020 Cadillac XT4 is the Lincoln MKC. The ride packs a 2.0L I4 engine and generates 245 hp of power and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. Both values are more than that offered by the Cadillac XT4. In fact, the torque is the best on offer in the segment. The interior is sufficiently spacious and comfortable. There is also no dearth of features. However, the fuel economy figure of the MKC is one of the lowest in the segment. Thus, if you are looking for a daily driver, you will be better off with the Cadillac XT4 rather than the Lincoln MKC.
Cadillac XT4 VS Volvo XC40
The Volvo XC40 is the most expensive car in the chosen pack. However, it has various tricks and features that justify this tag. To start with, the Volvo boasts of the most powerful engine with great fuel economy. It is also the fastest accelerating car in the segment. The cabin is spacious and covered with premium materials. The seats are very comfortable and spacious. The infotainment system is also one of the most intuitive and user-friendly. Thus, if you don't mind spending the extra cash, we would recommend the Volvo XC40 over the Cadillac XT4.
2020 Cadillac XT4 Final Verdict
It's not very hard to recommend the all-new Cadillac XT4. It checks all the right boxes and offers great value for the money you would spend on this car. The turbocharged engine is pretty powerful and the 9-speed automatic transmission, with its short first gear, makes for a good accelerating car. The fuel economy only adds to this SUV's utility as a daily driver. The cabin can easily accommodate 5 passengers and the seats are comfortable. Thus, you should seriously consider the Cadilac XT4 if you are looking for a compact SUV which is a great daily driver.
Is the Cadillac XT4 available in AWD configuration?
Yes, the XT4 is available in both AWD and FWD configurations for all the trims.
What are the warranty features?
Cadillac offers a basic warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles on the XT4.
What is the cost of ownership of the XT4?
The estimated cost of ownership of the Luxury trim of the XT4 with FWD configuration for the next 5 years will be around $45,000.
Will I get a good resale value for the XT4?
The expected depreciation of the XT4 over the next couple of years is around 30% of the current MSRP. Thus, you can expect a fair deal should you choose to sale your XT4.