A successful luxury car manufacturer now needs a full selection of crossovers and SUVs as they make up the lion’s share of the US market. Cadillac was lagging behind with only the full-size Escalade and mid-sized SRX SUV a decade ago. But that changed when the company revamped its naming scheme and introduced the XT5 as a replacement for the SRX in 2016. It was followed by the smaller XT4 and larger XT6, with the brand now having an entry in every size category except subcompact.
The five-passenger Cadillac XT4 debuted at the 2018 New York Auto Show and saw its best sales in its first full year on sale. They decreased by two-thirds until 2021, but rose again in 2022. What it still has is a bit of Cadillac charm that can’t be replicated by other automakers, though the brand is a long way from the soft country yachts of the past.
The 2022 Cadillac XT4 has both sport and luxury finishes, although they all come with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Base models are front-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is optional for $2,500. The 2022 XT4 starts at $37,490.
2022 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport
The Sport finish adds a gloss black mesh grille inspired by Cadillac’s high-performance V Series models, gloss black window frames and special alloy wheels. A silver metallic called Argent is standard, but the Sport offers blue, a selection of grays and a dark red for $625. Radiant red and crystal white are $1,225.
It comes with Cadillac standard equipment, including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power tailgate, remote start, two-zone climate control, electrically adjustable seats and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system controlled by a single button in the center of the car. the console.
Compared to some competitors, including cheaper crossovers, the screen is a bit small. But the wireless CarPlay is easy to set up and the integration into the instrument cluster is clean. The stock Bose sound system is excellent.
Wireless phone charging is part of the $1,400 tech package, which includes the digital instrument panel, head-up display, and power-tilt steering wheel.
The Enhanced Visibility Pack ($1,500) was also included with this tester. It comes with safety features such as a rear view mirror, automatic parking, rear pedestrian warning and a surround camera, although this vehicle is small enough to maneuver in a parking space without much effort.
The chairs can be wrapped in distressed leather and offer a good mix of comfort and support. The buttons and switches feel a bit cheap for a Cadillac, but the ergonomics and feedback are perfect, except for the park button, which is hidden from the driver’s eye by the gear lever. The door handle is perfectly rounded and in the perfect position to quickly exit the vehicle.
The rear seat is a bit small for adults. Two would be good, three would be tight. And it’s also a bit cramped with two child seats in the back. The cargo space behind the seats is smaller than the competition from BMW, Audi and Acura, so if a lot of family travel is on the agenda, buyers may want something bigger.
The turbocharged engine sounds surprisingly angry at high revs for a luxury carmaker, but the speed and acceleration are perfectly acceptable for this class of vehicle. It has enough punch to absorb into highway traffic and enough to pass, as long as the driver keeps the pedal to the ground. The nine-speed automatic was flawless and switchable with paddles on the steering wheel.
The 2022 XT4 drives like a modern crossover, sportier than the Cadillacs of yesteryear, and outside noise from the road and wind is kept to a minimum. Some bigger potholes are carried over to the cab, but the tighter-than-average steering and suspension make for a more enjoyable ride.
A rear view camera, automatic emergency braking system, front collision warning, rear parking aid, pedestrian brakes and Safety Alert Seat are standard. The latter tells the driver if they left a child in the car. Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard on Premium Luxury and Sport. The Driver Assist Package is available on Premium Luxury and Sport (requires Driver Awareness Package) and includes adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking and automatic reverse braking.
Cadillac’s main competitors are the Acura RDX ($38,400), Audi Q3 ($36,400) and Volvo XC40 ($33,700). All are equipped with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but the Acura is the most powerful with 272 horsepower. The Volvo is most efficient with a rating of 32 miles per gallon on the highway. The Acura all-wheel drive system is particularly adept in the snow and has the most cargo space of the four.
The RDX would be a good first test drive, followed by the Cadillac. If neither suits a buyer, the Volvo and Audi Q3 are still good options. The BMW X3 is also available for a few thousand more.