When you think of Cadillac, you naturally think of “expensive” and “luxurious.” Well, the XT4 is certainly of the latter, but not the former. The base XT4 Luxury starts just north of $34,000. My test XT4 Sport is the top of the line, and carries a starting MSRP of $39,295.
There are numerous packages offered in this luxury SUV: Cold Weather, Driver Awareness, and Enhanced Visibility just to name a few, and the temptation for these goodies could quickly add a few thousands to the price.
The XT4 Sport enters a crowded field with numerous manufacturers competing for their share of the market. But look for XT4 to capture a greater share with of its competitive spirit and consumer response.
The XT4 is a five-passenger vehicle that combines sophistication, style, comfort, and performance that relate easily to the Cadillac brand.
The 2.0-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder engine is paired with twin-clutch, nine-speed automatic transmission. Power is carried to all four corners through AWD. The engine cranks out 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, which provides decent power while earning a fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
Inside, leather seats, active noise cancellation, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD rear view camera, and interior humidity sensor are examples of standard features.
There are six storage areas in the front and in the floor console. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats add greater cargo space from the best-in-class passenger space, in which the rear occupants enjoy a leg room of 39.5 inches. The eight-inch infotainment touchscreen was easily read. Physical control is through a large rotary control knob and a volume knob in front of the shifter, plus a bunch of buttons below the screen.
Personally, I would have preferred more knobs to navigate the touchscreen over small, unrecognizable on-screen buttons that are difficult to locate and touch. Aesthetically they look great, but that doesn’t offer much in terms of practically.
LED headlights and taillights, above-mentioned high-definition rear vision camera, and remote start add to the overall safety ensemble.
The handsome taillights mirror the dynamics of the headlights. The attractive gloss-black mesh grille framed by Galvano accents, gloss-black roof-rails, and the rear fascia make for a most stylish looking vehicle. The bold taillights are attractive and innovative. They “slice through the air with a light blade silhouette that’s stylish and unmistakably Cadillac.”
All that beauty sits on 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels with stunning Diamond Cut finish on them.
The Sport model is standard-equipped with a number of advanced safety features, including Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Safety Alert Seats, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, plus Front and Rear Park Assist.
Selectable driving modes allow you to customize your driving preference. Each mode provides a unique driving experience with changes that may include accelerator pedal mapping, transmission shift points, steering effort, and available Active Sport Suspension performance.
Cadillac XT4 is sporty to drive, with comfortable seats that are constructed for safety. The XT4 holds the road well, even in sharp curves and on rough roads. The stability control, selectable driving modes, and suspension help keeping you safe regardless of road surface or unknown pavement. It accelerates quickly and mingles quietly with oncoming traffic.
But most of all, driving a Cadillac is an attitude or state of mind. It lets others know that you appreciate the best in a car and only drive the best.
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Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper or firstname.lastname@example.org.