2022 Cadillac XT4 Review: Wrapping Up an Entry

A successful luxury car manufacturer must now have a full selection of crossovers and SUVs as they make up the lion’s share of the US market. Cadillac was behind a decade ago with only the full-size Escalade and midsize SRX SUV. But that changed when the company revamped its naming scheme and introduced the XT5 in 2016 as a replacement for the SRX. It was followed by the smaller XT4 and larger XT6, with the brand now running an entry in every size category except subcompact.

The five-passenger Cadillac XT4 debuted at the 2018 New York Auto Show and posted the best sales in its first full year of sales. They decreased by two-thirds through 2021, but rose again in 2022. What it still has is a bit of Cadillac charm that can’t be emulated by other automakers, though the brand is a long way from the mellow country yachts of the past.

The 2022 Cadillac XT4 has both sport and luxury trims, though they all come with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Base models have front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is optional for $2,500. The 2022 XT4 starts at $37,490.

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2022 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport

The Sport trim adds a gloss black mesh grille inspired by Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series models, gloss black window trims and special alloy wheels. A silver metallic color called Argent is standard, but the Sport offers blue, a selection of grays and dark red for $625. Radiant Red and Crystal White are $1,225.

It does come with standard Cadillac equipment, including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power tailgate, remote start, dual-zone climate control, power seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system controlled by a single button in the center of the car. the console.

Compared to some of the competition, including cheaper crossovers, the screen is a bit small. But the wireless CarPlay is easy to set up and integration into the instrument cluster is clean. The standard Bose sound system is excellent.

Wireless phone charging is part of the $1,400 technology package, which includes the digital instrument panel, head-up display and power-tilt steering wheel.

2022 Cadillac XT4
The 2022 Cadillac XT4 comes with an 8-inch touchscreen.

The Enhanced Visibility Package ($1,500) was also included with this tester. It comes with safety features like a reversing camera, automatic parking, rear pedestrian alert, and an ambient camera, though this vehicle is small enough to maneuver into a parking space without much effort.

The seats can be upholstered in distressed leather and offer a good mix of comfort and support. The buttons and switches feel a little cheap for a Cadillac, but the ergonomics and feedback are spot on, except for the park button, which is hidden from the driver’s view by the gear lever. The door handle is perfectly rounded and in the perfect position for quick exit from the vehicle.

The back 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 load space behind the seats is smaller than the competition from BMW, Audi and Acura, so if there’s a lot of family travel on the schedule, buyers might want something bigger.

The turbocharged engine sounds surprisingly angry at high revs for a luxury automaker, but the speed and acceleration are perfectly acceptable for this class of vehicle. It has enough presence to blend in with highway traffic and enough to pass as long as the driver puts the pedal to the ground. The nine-speed automatic transmission was flawless and can be shifted with paddles on the steering wheel.

2022 Cadillac XT4
The 2022 Cadillac XT4 will be offered with front or all-wheel drive.

The 2022 XT4 handles like a modern crossover, sportier than the Cadillacs of old, and road noise and wind are kept to a minimum. Some larger potholes do get passed on to the cabin, but the tighter-than-average steering and suspension make for a more enjoyable ride.

A rear view camera, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear park assist, pedestrian braking and Safety Alert Seat are standard. The latter tells the driver if they have 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 (Driver Awareness package required) and includes adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking and automatic reverse braking.

The Cadillac’s main competitors are the Acura RDX ($38,400), Audi Q3 ($36,400) and Volvo XC40 ($33,700). They all come with four-cylinder turbocharged engines, but the Acura is the most powerful at 272 hp. The Volvo is the most efficient with a 32 miles per gallon rating on the highway. The Acura four-wheel drive system is particularly adept in 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.

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