If you were to come up with a list of buzzwords that define the Cadillac XT4, you’d see a lot of words like “modern”, “urban”, “luxury”, or “convenience”. In fact, the XT4 seems to be aimed squarely at upwardly-mobile Millenials. In order to cater to young, successful professionals, Cadillac locked onto these buzzwords with a laser focus while developing the XT4. And that’s no bad thing. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a compact luxury crossover that shines in almost any setting.
As the newest vehicle in Cadillac’s 2019 lineup, the XT4 is also perhaps their most forward-thinking. In addition to the clever and intuitive CUE system – which features smartphone-like icons and swipe-able menus – the XT4 comes standard with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Connecting a device is incredibly simple since you can just plug your device into one of several USB-A or USB-C ports and connect your device in seconds. Bluetooth is also standard, while a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot and Qi wireless charging are also available. Tucked into the XT4’s center console is a clever slot for storing your phone out of sight. This slot can hide your USB cables while your phone is charging or the cubby itself can charge your phone wirelessly.
The XT4’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Whether you’re on the highway or zipping through the city, it’s impressive how smooth and quiet the engine is. The fuel-efficient 4-cylinder provided effortless power while the 9-speed automatic transmission had quick, nearly seamless shifts. Power usually goes to the front wheels, however, an AWD system is available for those times when you need a little extra grip. With AWD, the XT4 is capable of up to 29 MPG on the highway, while the FWD models can achieve 30 MPG. That seems pretty respectable and in-line with other compact luxury crossovers.
In an urban setting, the XT4 really shines. Its sleek, angular lines, sparkling LED lights, and brilliant paintwork looks stunning amongst the endless expanse of glass and concrete buildings. The expansive panoramic sunroof filters in tons of light and allows you to soak up the city from every angle. The available head-up display lets you see useful navigation, audio, or vehicle information while keeping your eyes on the road. When parking gets tight, the optional 360-degree camera system makes squeezing into those small spots a breeze.
20-inch wheels give the XT4 an athletic stance and the suspension provides a comfortable ride, even over rough pavement. Because of the XT4’s compact size, it feels nimble and light on its feet. That makes it easy to maneuver on tight streets. Despite its smaller size, there is still plenty of room inside for four adults and their stuff. The trunk is surprisingly voluminous and the rear seats are a breeze to fold down for larger loads.
Cadillacs have always been all about luxury and the XT4 is no different. Although high-quality leatherette-covered seats are standard, the available leather seats are a welcome addition. Seen here in a mix of Sedona tan and black, the seats are absolutely gorgeous.
The Comfort and Convenience package includes an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat that offers heating and ventilation, as well as massage functions. A Cold Weather package also includes a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. Included in the Technology package with the head-up display is an 8-inch digital instrument cluster display. It also includes an in-car air ionizer that traps airborne contaminants, odors, and bacteria so the XT4’s cabin stays fresh.
The XT4 does convenience better than just about any other vehicle in the segment. Cadillac has included thoughtful touches like smarter Bluetooth that allows two phones to be connected simultaneously. The XT4 also has an available hands-free liftgate that can be opened by a foot sensor under the rear bumper.
In addition to building beautiful, luxurious cars, Cadillac has been redefining what is possible in the industry. By partnering with Amazon to offer free in-car delivery, your packages can be delivered safely and securely to your trunk, wherever you’re parked. It’s innovative ideas like these that make the 2019 Cadillac XT4 such an exciting car to live with.