Thursday, 8 October 2020

2021 Cadillac XT4 Review


2021 Cadillac XT4


With no shortage of choices in the small-luxury SUV marketplace, the Cadillac XT4 will appeal to buyers who value a sharp-edged design, a spacious interior, and a traditionally upright, SUV-like driving position. 

All models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and either front- or all-wheel drive. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

The cabin has a modern appearance with plenty of standard and optional technology and infotainment features, but overall refinement isn't quite on the same level as the XT4's key rivals, which includes the Audi Q3, the BMW X1, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class. 

If you overlook its down-market interior materials, the XT4 remains a practical and stylish option in this popular segment.

2021 Cadillac XT4

What's New for 2021?

Cadillac has made only a few minor changes to the XT4 for 2021, starting with the base Luxury trim, which receives a new standard power rear lift-gate and the option of leather upholstery. 

An optional Driver Awareness package that includes automatic high-beam headlamps and lane-keeping assist has also been added to the Luxury trim. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

The Sport trim receives red-painted brake calipers, and both it and the Premium Luxury model come with new exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. 

Two new colors join the available palette: Infrared Tintcoat and Wave Metallic.

2021 Cadillac XT4

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The Cadillac XT4 base price is $36,790, and all-wheel drive adds $2500 to every model for those who want it. 

The Premium Luxury and Sport models both cost almost the same, but since the former doesn't live up to its name, and the latter is even better to drive, I'd recommend the XT4 Sport. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

It has unique wheel designs, blacked-out exterior trim, and exclusive interior accents. The Sport model also has an exclusive active suspension with adaptive dampers and better-bolstered front seats. 

To that I'd add the Comfort and Convenience package (leather interior, ventilated and massaging front seats, etc.) and choose the Active Sport suspension (adaptive dampers) to avoid the ride-quality-reducing 20-inch wheels that are required with the Sport Dynamics package.

2021 Cadillac XT4

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Under the hood of all XT4s is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 237 horsepower. It pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. 

The 2019 XT4 Sport sashays its way to 60 mph in a lackluster 7.8 seconds—1.5 seconds behind the X1. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

Despite the difference, the XT4 feels spry around town and when merging onto the highway. Ignore Cadillac's assertion of sportiness with the XT4. It's more of a boulevard cruiser than a sports car. 

The ride is okay, so long as the road is relatively smooth. Rough stretches of asphalt translate plenty of vibrations and sharp impacts into the cabin, especially when riding on the optional 20-inch wheels. The steering is similarly disappointing not in its action.

2021 Cadillac XT4

Fuel Economy

Despite its fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation capability, the XT4 earns wholly average EPA fuel-economy estimates, with front-wheel-drive variants reaching 30 mpg on the highway and all-wheel-drive vehicle reaching 29 mpg.

2021 Cadillac XT4

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The XT4's interior, while comfortable and spacious, isn't as high-class as  in the premium segment. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

The dashboard and upper door panels are covered in a stitched, faux-leather wrap, but lower on the doors and center console, cheaper, sharp-edged plastic persists. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

The buttons and switches look and feel as though they're likely to be shared with less expensive offerings in the General Motors portfolio. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

Space is great for the front-seat occupants and actually pretty decent in the back seat, too. As with its passenger compartment, the XT4's cargo room is spacious. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

Infotainment and Connectivity

All XT4 models come with an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Cadillac's CUE software. The touchscreen looks nice and crisp and is tucked slightly into the dashboard. 

The interface is reasonably easy to use, too, and in addition to touching the screen, the user can also interact via a console-mounted knob. 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and a seven-speaker audio system are all standard; navigation is optional, as is a 13-speaker Bose audio system. 

Selecting the available Technology package (Premium Luxury and Sport models only) adds a digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, and a wireless smartphone-charging pad.

2021 Cadillac XT4

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The XT4 has earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't completed its testing at the time of writing this post. 

Cadillac does offer it with a plethora of driver-assistance features, but few of them are standard fare. 

2021 Cadillac XT4

Key safety features include:

  •  Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  •  Available blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  •  Available adaptive cruise control

  • 2021 Cadillac XT4

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Cadillac warranty outdoes several of its rivals with power-train coverage that lasts six years or 70,000 miles. Cadillac offers one free maintenance visit with the purchase of any 2021 model.

  •  Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Power-train warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
  •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 12,000 miles.
2021 Cadillac XT4


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