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2020 Cadillac XT4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 22, 2019


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.

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Pros

Elegant and compact styling

Ample legroom in the rear seats

Impressive 30 mpg on the highways

Modern and feature loaded cabin

Reasonable starting price

Excellent towing capacity of 3500 lbs.

Cons

Unimpressive cargo capacity

Outdated infotainment system

Active safety system availability is limited

What's New?

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 is an all-new model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34795

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.23/63.11

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

181.1 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

64.1 in.

curb weight

3660 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

48.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/26/30 mpg

highway range

477 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Cadillac XT4 in Aegean Blue Metallic color  2020 Cadillac XT4 in Autumn Shimmer color  2020 Cadillac XT4 in Crystal White Tricoat color  2020 Cadillac XT4 in Radiant Silver Metallic color  2020 Cadillac XT4 in Shadow Black color  2020 Cadillac XT4 in Stellar Black Metallic color  2020 Cadillac XT4 in Twilight Blue Metallic color
Aegean Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Interior

7.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Luxury

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$34,795 - $37,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $34,795 MSRP (24/26/30) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $37,295 MSRP (22/24/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$39,295 - $41,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $39,295 MSRP (24/26/30) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Shadow Metallic
  Twilight Blue Metallic
  Atlantic Metallic
  Red Horizon Tintcoat
  Autumn Metallic
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $41,795 MSRP (22/16/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

 2020 Cadillac XT4 Sport

Sport

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$39,295 - $41,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $39,295 MSRP (24/26/30) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $41,795 MSRP (22/24/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.1

Overall Rating


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.

2020 Cadillac XT4 in orange color, front fascia
2020 Cadillac XT4
2020 Cadillac XT4 in orange color, rear fascia
2020 Cadillac XT4

8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Cadillac XT4 Features

8.0/10

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.

Trim

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury

Cadillac XT4 Sport

MSRP

(FWD)

$35,790

$40,290

$40,290

MSRP

(AWD)

$38,290

$42,790

$42,790

Key Features

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

Power liftgate

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. 

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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

8.0/10

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.

2019 Cadillac XT4 engine

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.

Models

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision

Volvo XC40

MSRP

$34,795

$33,995

$33,995

$35,200

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged l4

2.0L l4

2.5L l4

2.0L l4

Transmission

9-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

245 hp @ 5500 rpm

197 hp @ 6300 rpm

248 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

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.

Acceleration

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.  

2019 Cadillac XT4

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.

Models

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision

Volvo XC40

0-60 MPH

7.2

7.1

8.5

6.2 sec

Quarter mile

15.6

15.3

16.3

14.8 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.5L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

7.0

N/A

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.

Braking

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.

2019 Cadillac XT4 wheel

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. 

Model

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision

Volvo XC40

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

13.2

12.6

13.6

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

12.4

12.4

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,660

3,823

3,755

3729

60-0 MPH (ft.)

126 ft

N/A

N/A

N/A

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.  

Model

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision

Volvo XC40

MPG (city)

24

20

22

23

MPG (highway)

30

27

29

31

MPG (combined)

26

23

25

26

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

7.0/10

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.

2019 Cadillac XT4 seating

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. 

Model

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision

Volvo XC40

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/57.0/40.4

39.6/56.0/42.8

40.0/57.0/40.9

39/56.7/40.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/55.1/39.5

38.7/55.3/36.8

38.5/55.8/37.5

39.1/56.3/36.1

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. 

Infotainment System

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.

2019 Cadillac XT4 Infotainment

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.

Cargo Capacity

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.

2019 Cadillac XT4 cargo space

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.

Model

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision

Volvo XC40

Cargo Volume with 2nd row up (ft.3)

22.5

25.2

26.9

20.7

Cargo Volume with 2nd row folded (ft.3)

48.9

53.1

57.3

57.5

Towing Capacity

The Cadillac XT4 offers a massive towing capacity of 3500 lbs. The Volvo in contention offers the same towing capacity. 

Model

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision

Volvo XC40

Maximum Towing Capacity

3500 lbs

3000 lbs

1500 lbs

3500 lbs

Interior Features

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
  • Massaging seats
  • Segment-leading rear legroom
2020 Cadillac XT4 seating, black leather upholstery
2020 Cadillac XT4 seating
2020 Cadillac XT4 cockpit area, black dashboard
2020 Cadillac XT4 cockpit area
2020 Cadillac XT4 front seat, black leather upholstery
2020 Cadillac XT4 front seat
2020 Cadillac XT4 center console, black, gear lever
2020 Cadillac XT4 center console
2020 Cadillac XT4 steering, black
2020 Cadillac XT4 steering
2020 Cadillac XT4 cargo, seats folded
2020 Cadillac XT4 cargo

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. 

2019 Cadillac XT4 side view

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.  

Model

Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision

Volvo XC40

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,660

3,823

3,755

3729

Length(in)

181.1

179.2

183.7

174.2

Width(in)

83.5

73.4

72.4

75.2

Height(in)

64.1

65.2

66.8

65.3

Ground clearance (in)

6.7

N/A

N/A

8.3

Wheelbase (in)

109.4

105.9

108.3

106.4

Track width (in) F/R

63.2/63.1

62.4/62.5

62.0/62.0

63/64

Exterior Features

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 front view, orange, black grille
2020 Cadillac XT4 front view
2020 Cadillac XT4 rear view, orange
2020 Cadillac XT4 rear view
2020 Cadillac XT4 rear view, orange
2020 Cadillac XT4 rear view
2020 Cadillac XT4 front view, orange
2020 Cadillac XT4 front view
2020 Cadillac XT4 front view, orange
2020 Cadillac XT4 front view
2020 Cadillac XT4 rear view, orange
2020 Cadillac XT4 rear view

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 not rated the 2020 Cadillac XT4. However, NHTSA rated this car 5 stars in terms of overall ratings.

2019 Cadillac XT4 crash test

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
  • Traction Control
  • 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.

2019 Buick Envision

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.

2019 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.

2019 Volvo xc40

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.  

FAQ

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.