It seems like every vehicle manufacturer is coming out with an SUV in all shapes and sizes. One of the smallest compact SUVs by Cadillac is their new XT4.

Design

The Cadillac XT4 is an all-new SUV for the 2019 model year. It takes design cues from the bigger XT5 and Escalade with both rounded and aggressive stylings. I tested the Sport trim of the XT4 and that’s evident by the carbon fibre accents inside but that’s combined with stitched leather.

The XT4 is fairly small but the backseat still has quite a bit of room but doesn’t feel cramped. The vehicle is powered by a 2.0L SIDI Turbo L4 engine and has all-wheel drive.

The XT4 comes with an 8-inch infotainment screen which is also a touchscreen but can also be controlled via an iDrive-esque dial. One great aspect of Cadillac’s infotainment system is that all the on-screen controls also have a corresponding physical button.

 

In-front of the shifter is where you’ll find a USB-C and USB-A port and a 12V socket. The rear seat passenger also gets access to a USB-C and USB-A port.

For driver assist technology, the XT4 came with:

  • Front & Rear Park Assist
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Driver’s Safety Alert Seat
  • HD Rear Vision Camera

The rearview camera on the XT4 looks crisp and shows a grid when parking. The Safety Alert Seat is another cool feature that will vibrate the driver seat to alert you of people and vehicles.

It will actually vibrate the left side of the seat of it is detecting from the left of your vehicle and vice-versa.

Some of the optional packages included were:

  • Comfort & Convenience Package – $2,795 CAD
    • Ventilated Front Seats
    • Leather Seating Surfaces with Mini-Perforated Inserts
    • Front Seat Massage Control
    • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat
    • Hands-Free Power Liftgate
  • Dual Panel Sunroof with Sliding Front and Fixed Rear Glass – $1,795 CAD
  • Red Horizon Tintcoat – $1,395 CAD
  • 20” Twin 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Diamond Cut/Titan Satin Finish – $1,295 CAD
  • Driver Awareness Package – $895 CAD
    • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Front Pedestrian Braking
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Intellibeam Auto High Beam Control
  • Wheel Locks – $120 CAD

The 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport starts at $42,795 CAD but the version I tested was priced at $53,190 CAD.

Software & Connectivity

The Cadillac XT4 comes with the company’s next-generation Cadillac User Experience. It brings natural speech and voice recognition, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and much more.

The main screen is laid out in a similar fashion to your smartphone with a grid of icons. There’s an icon for Audio, Phones, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Users, Settings, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Apps.

The bottom part of the screen has a home button, quick access to music, phone, navigation (via OnStar), AC, phone signal and weather and time.

Using Cadillac’s interface is fairly easy to use and while you can use the navigation on your phone via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is no actual maps interface, instead, you’ll have to use OnStar.

OnStar lets you talk to a human advisor that can help you get turn-by-turn directions and also call for help. It also gets you remote access to your vehicle via the MyCadillac app and also an option for in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

The MyCadillac app lets you see your vehicle status, contact OnStar, unlock/lock your vehicle, start/stop and turn on/off the horn & lights.

Final Thoughts

Overall the Cadillac XT4 is a great addition to the Cadillac family and comes with a number of tech and safety features.

Pros

  • Cadillac Infotainment system is easy to use and controlled via touchscreen or dial
  • Has Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • Comes with Adaptive Cruise Control
  • MyCadillac app is dead simple to use
  • Somewhat premium interior
  • Safety Alert Seat works most of the time

Cons

  • Not so smooth ride
  • No proper maps, only turn-by-turn navigation by OnStar

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