What is it: The Cadillac XT4 is small premium sport utility vehicle that continues the Cadillac trend toward covering all the popular SUV bases. This particular XT4 goes down the Sport side (as opposed to Luxury) of the “Y-trim” strategy Cadillac now uses. Mark Vaughn eloquently describes what that is in his first drive review. The Sport trim makes the Active Sport Suspension available، which this vehicle has، along with a beaver dam-sized log pile of other packages and options.
Highlights: The XT4 debuts as a 2019 model on a new and (so far) exclusive-to-Cadillac platform. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is new and exclusive to the brand as well; however، we’ve already experienced it in the CT6، which we reviewed recently as well. The 237 hp and 258 lb-ft it produced felt surprisingly good and refined there، as it does here. Fuel-economy numbers are on par with the competition، which is to say just fair; despite its small size، the XT4 AWD model consumes fuel at 222924 cityhighwaycombined. The XT4 provides lots of space and yet feels small to drive. That’s good. The optional adaptive suspension -- it’s $1،200 and only available on the Sport -- works well too and، in our wintry drive experience، tracked through ice and snow well. That’s good too. The XT4 falls short of feeling as sporty as، say، a Porsche Macan، but it’s also vastly less expensive -- base prices are $15،000 apart from each other. And Cadillac’s smallest SUV stays light on its feet (tires?) and holds its own against Audi، BMW and Mercedes-Benz، yet another good thing.
Additionally، Cadillac filled the XT4 with plenty of convenience features like heated seats and steering wheel، a perfectly pleasant infotainment system، even a tailgate you can command to open all the way، or just three-fourths if you have a low-roof parking situation. But all of that is also available on the Chevrolet Equinox Premier we recently reviewed. And that also had a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine، just a different one (which made more power، by the way).