Cadillac finally has a luxury compact crossover. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 has been introduced at the 2018 New York Auto Show and will become available across North America this fall.
You don’t have to agree, though we really think that the 2019 XT4 look better than most of the rivals. The vehicle sports the sharp-styled design with plenty of interesting details across the bodywork. There’s a wide vertical grille up front. Or it’s better to say grilles because the SUV comes in three trims and all of them host some unique details. As for the grille, well, we find the black mesh treatment the most interesting. However, the option is fitted into the nose of the Sport model. In addition to the Sport, the all-new XT4 is also offering Luxury and Premium Luxury. And while the Sport trim uses plenty of black to look as mean as it’s possible, the other two are fitted with some shiny materials like satin chrome. The front end looks additionally better thanks to wreathless Cadillac shield and a pair of simply amazing headlights. Still, the rear is even more attractive due to probably most interesting taillights we see so far. The clean and stylish design gets an extra quality if you pick either Premium Luxury or Sport trim because both of them get 20-inch wheels with its own design. In case you buy the base model, well, you will have to satisfy with 18-inch wheels.
Cabin and Equipment
Inside, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 looks breathtaking without any doubt. The word “luxury” is made for the cabin without any exaggerating. An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, but it’s mated to a new dial-type controller. There’s a couple old-fashioned buttons, as well as wireless inductive charging pads which significantly cut time for charging. A light-gray and black leatherette seats with metallic trim is standard for Luxury trim, while Premium Luxury boasts the ambient with two-tone leather seats in light gray or saddle brown. Though, the trim is available in all-black variant too. You also have to decide are you a guy or girl for aluminum or wood accent. Two upper trims are mated to significantly better equipment, sow strongly suggest skipping off the base trim. They are paired with Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a power liftgate. You can spice up things with a sunroof, navigation, a Bose audio system, or even with a wider range of active safety or tech. Still, the most important thing inside of the crossover is space without any doubt. Even though we are talking about a compact, it offers 39.5 inches of second-row legroom which is definitely the very top in the segment.
Powertrain and Suspension
Under the hood, the all-new luxury compact crossover offers a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The mill delivers 237 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque from 1500 rpm to 4000 rpm, which is more than enough. There’s also an optional twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system borrowed from the XT5. The feature is pretty useful because it improves fuel economy with a simple decoupling of the rear axle. Most of XT4s are using struts up front and a multilink setup rear suspension, but the Sport is hooked to a better option that’s using an Active Sport Suspension with adaptive dampers.
According to Cadillac, the starting, Luxury option will cost $35,790. Though, in case you want the Premium Luxury and Sport models, you will have to have $40,290. We are talking about FWD models of course. The AWD will cost some extra money.