2020 Cadillac XT4

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2020 Cadillac XT4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 17, 2020
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Shivendra Garg

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The first generation of the Cadillac XT4 made its debut in 2019. The 2020 Cadillac XT4 is part of the same generation. The 2020 XT4 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with only minor changes. For example, a couple of safety features that were otherwise optional have now been made standard across the range.

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Pros

Upscale interior

Spacious cabin

Responsive infotainment system

Cons

Laid back driving dynamics

Fuel efficiency and utility is subpar

What's New?

Couple of optional safety features are now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

9 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

181.1 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

64.1 in.

curb weight

3660 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

48.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/26/30 mpg

ev range

381.6 mi.

highway range

477 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr./ 70000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

2020 Cadillac XT4 in Autumn Metallic color 2020 Cadillac XT4 in Crystal White Tricoat color 2020 Cadillac XT4 in Radiant Silver Metallic color 2020 Cadillac XT4 in Red Horizon Tintcoat color
Autumn Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.4

Engine And Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Cadillac XT4 Luxury

Luxury

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$36,690 - $39,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $36,690 MSRP (22/24/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed automatic electronically-controlled front wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $39,190 MSRP (22/24/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed automatic electronically-controlled all wheel drive 5

2020 Cadillac XT4 Sport

Sport

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$40,790 - $43,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $40,790 MSRP (22/24/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed automatic electronically-controlled front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $43,290 MSRP (22/24/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed automatic electronically-controlled all wheel drive 5

2020 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
237 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$40,790 - $43,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $40,790 MSRP (22/24/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed automatic electronically-controlled front wheel drive 5
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $43,290 MSRP (22/24/29) 237 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed automatic electronically-controlled all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


2020 XT4 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine paired to the standard 9-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional just like last year's model. The power figures are also the same at 237 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque.

The Cadillac XT4 sits between two segments, so it’s spacious on the inside but can also manage to squeeze into city spaces. Starting at a price just north of $35,000 and with a combined MPG rating of 26 miles per gallon, the XT4 looks like it has what it takes to stand against the Lincoln MKC, Buick Envision and Volvo XC40.

2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV Front View
2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV Rear View

8.4/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Cadillac XT4 Features

8.4/10

The three variants of the 2020 Cadillac XT4, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport share the same mechanics. All of them derive power from the same source, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that makes 237 horses and 258 lb.-ft. torque across the range.

Also common in all versions is a nine-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels as standard. There’s an optional all-wheel drivetrain on offer too, and all variants can be equipped with it by spending an additional $3,000 on an average.

Neither of the trims is loaded with features to boast about. However, several additional packages are available for all variants that include features like heated seats for front and second row, while the massaging function is reserved only for the front row. Adaptive cruise control is also available as an option.

Trims

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$35,695

$39,795

$39, 795

MSRP (AWD)

$38,195

$42,295

$42,295

Key Features

Alloy wheels

Same as previous

Same as previous

 

Simulated-leather upholstery

Hands-free liftgate

Sport front seats

 

WiFi connection

Driver-seat memory

Trim-specific black details

 

Automatic emergency braking

Blindspot monitoring

 
   

Rear cross-traffic alert

 

We recommend:

We recommend the Sport trim as it is the best of all options. It gets the all-wheel-drive system along with the trim-specific adaptive dampers. All that is offered at the same price as the Premium Luxury variant. So, in all, the Sport with the AWD makes the most sense.

2020 Cadillac XT4 Engine and Performance

6.5/10

Powering this well-built crossover is an equally healthy and capable powertrain. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine of this five-seater makes 237 hp and 250 lb.-ft. torque. There are no other engine options available for this Cadillac, not that it’s needed anyway.

2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV 2.0-liter I-4 premium

The standard turbo-four on this SUV paired with the 9-speed automatic, also a no-choice option, drives the front two wheels of all variants of the XT4 with much ease. There’s an optional all-wheel-drive system on offer across all ranges of the XT4 too.

Models

Cadillac XT4

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision 

Volvo XC 40

MSRP

$35,695

$33,995

$33,500

$33,700

Engine

2.0L Premium Inline-4 2.0L Premium Inline-4 2.5L Regular Inline-4 2.0L Regular Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic w/OD and Auto-Manual 6-Speed Automatic w/OD and Auto-Manual 6-Speed Automatic w/OD and Auto-Manual 8-Speed Automatic w/OD and Auto-Manual

Power

237hp@5,000rpm 245hp@5,500rpm 197hp@6,300rpm 187hp@4,700rpm

Torque

258lb-ft@1,500rpm 275lb-ft@3,000rpm 192lb-ft@4,400rpm 221lb-ft@1,400rpm

It’s the only SUV in this stand-off to get a nine-speed automatic transmission, where most others are equipped only with either a six-speed or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

How fast is the Cadillac XT4?

Experts are yet to review how strong the punch delivered from this year’s XT4’s engine is, but last year’s model managed a 0-60 miles per hour in about 7.5 seconds when paired with the all-wheel drivetrain.

2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV Rear View

That same model from 2019 clocked a quarter-mile time of well under 16 seconds. So it’s known for a fact that this SUV from Cadillac is quick enough to cause some excitement, but its competitors are known to be quicker.

Model

Cadillac XT4

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision 

Volvo XC 40

0-60 MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A N/A
Top Speed 126 MPH N/A 130 MPH 130 MPH

Engine

2.0L Premium Inline-4 2.0L Premium Inline-4 2.5L Regular Inline-4 2.0L Regular Inline-4

What is also known for now is that this SUV from Cadillac is one of the least polluting among the rest of the competition. The XT4’s carbon emission has been rated at 6.8 which, as compared to the MKC or Envision, is significantly less.

What about the braking performance of the Cadillac XT4?

When it comes to braking, all other crossovers in this segment get at least 13-inch brake rotors at the front wheels and 12-inchers on the rear wheels. So the XT4 should also get similarly sized brakes. If anything, don’t be surprised if it gets even bigger brakes considering the XT4’s weight.

2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV Front  Wheel

Model

Cadillac XT4

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision 

Volvo XC 40

Brake Rotors Front

N/A

13.2"

N/A

13.6"

Brake Rotors Rear

N/A

12.4"

N/A

11.9"

Curb Weight

3660 lbs

3823 lbs

3755 lbs

3574 lbs

60-0 MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A N/A

The XT4 is, however, going to adapt the electronic braking system, the same as last year. From what is known so far, this function does reduce stress on the engine but somehow interrupts response from the pedal. 

What about its driving dynamics?

The numerous cogs on the XT4 make it a very comfortable SUV for all-round driving. Also, the 2020 Cadillac XT4 features two driving modes. There’s the Tour drive mode and the other Sport mode. Both modes alter the pedal response to modulate effort and feel.

2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV Brake

While in touring mode, the throttle becomes noticeably lazy and feels numb. On the other hand, the brake pedal starts to feel too sensitive. However, switching to Sport mode does not help a lot either. The pedals feel pretty much the same only the engine appears to be more lively.

The XT4 isn’t a sharp steering Cadillac, and a lot of it has to do with its weight. The steering wheel is also not set-up for days on the race track. Overall, this Cadillac is not meant for speeding and cornering sessions.

On the flip side, the things that make this Cadillac want to stay away from track result in a very comfortable SUV for those relaxing drives. The standard dampers do a good job of absorbing the bumps. At the same time, the amount of body control is also quite contained. The Sport variant of the XT4 can be had with the continuously-variable dampers. So surprisingly the Sport trim can prove to be all the more comfortable.

2020 Cadillac XT4 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Considering how comfortable the XT4 is to drive, it’s only a let down that the MPG rating of this Cadillac as compared to its competitors is only average. The other crossovers in this segment are more or less just as fuel efficient, but they offer better performance.

Model

Cadillac XT4

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision 

Volvo XC 40

MPG (City)

24

20

22

23

MPG (Highway)

30

27

29

33

MPG (Combined)

26

23

25

27

Fuel Capacity 15.9 gallons 15.7 gallons 17.3 gallons 14.2 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 382/477/413 miles 314/424/361 miles 381/502/432 miles 327/469/383 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

6.8

7.6

7.0

6.6

The XT4, on the other hand, is the least exciting of the lot. With the front-wheel drive, this SUV can manage a combined MPG rating of 26 miles per gallon. The optional all-wheel-drive variant can manage only 24.

2020 Cadillac XT4 Interior

7.0/10

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 handles better than it drives. It is also very comfortable on the inside. This gateway car to the Cadillac's crossover lineup offers plenty of space inside the cabin. There’s ample headroom in the first as well as the second row. Both the rows also offer plenty of legroom too.

2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV Front Seats

Though in the second row, two people will have more room to breathe than three. The seats that the occupants will be sitting on are also very comfortable. A leather-like upholstery comes as standard on this XT4, but leather upholstery is an option.

Model

Cadillac XT4

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision 

Volvo XC 40

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row  (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/57.0/40.4

39.6/56.0/42.8

40.0/57.0/40.9

39.0/56.7/40.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/55.1/39.5

38.7/55.3/36.8

38.5/55.8/37.5

39.1/56.3/36.1

Regardless, the XT4 feels fairly upscale on the inside. The materials used on the inside feel durable. The doors, dash and even the center console are wrapped in material nice enough to match the standard of other rivals.

Does it come loaded with tech?

The standard 8-inch infotainment screen is quite responsive and is also easy to read thanks to its bright display and crisp images. The infotainment system features the following tech:

  • HD radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • WiFi hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • MP3 player

What about utility?

Along with the about average fuel efficiency of the XT4, the other thing not helping this SUV’s case is its storage capacity. The Cadillac XT4 does have a spacious cabin, but the trunk is just not as spacious.

2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV Cargo Volume with rear seats up 22.3 ft.3

Model

Cadillac XT4

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision 

Volvo XC 40

Cargo Capacity

22.5 cu.ft.

25.2 cu.ft.

26.9 cu.ft.

20.7 cu.ft.

Where other competitors offer more than 25 cubic feet of boot space, the space in the back of the XT4 maxes out 22.5 cubic feet. Not that it isn’t spacious enough, but it’s definitely not worth making a statement.

Creature comforts on offer in the Cadillac XT4

Besides the comfortable seats and the relaxed driving dynamics, the 2020 Cadillac XT4 offers the following comfort features:

  • Power mirrors
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Multi-zone A/C
  • Power driver/passenger seat
  • Remote engine start
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Keyless start
  • Telematics
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2020 Cadillac XT4 Exterior

The Cadillac XT4 is a fairly good-looking crossover. It has the kind of presence that an SUV must have. Upfront is the big grille with the brand’s traditional crest-and-wreath badge. At either side of the grille are the LED lights that extend out from the bumper, and stretch all the way down to the fenders.

2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV 3 Quarter View

Model

Cadillac XT4

Lincoln MKC

Buick Envision 

Volvo XC 40

Curb Weight

3660 lbs

3823 lbs

3755 lbs

3574 lbs

Length

181.0"

180.6"

183.7"

N/A

Width

76.7"

73.4"

72.4"

73.3"

Height

N/A

65.2"

66.8"

65.3"

Ground Clearance

6.8"

N/A

N/A

8.3"

Wheelbase

109.4"

105.9"

108.3"

106.4"

Even the hood is quite angular and good to look at. At the side unlike most SUVs with plunging rooflines, the XT4 definitely looks surprising but in a rather good way. While at the back-end of the XT4 the tall taillights merge with the Xt4’s short overhangs. It is clearly visible from looking at the XT4 that it takes inspiration from the Escalade but does away with most of its boxiness. 

What are the eye-catching features?

The 2020 Cadillac XT4’s most noteworthy exterior features include:

  • Signature LEd lighting
  • Sport grille
  • Roof rails
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED tail lamps
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2020 Cadillac XT4 Safety

Officials have not yet fully crash-tested the 2020 Cadillac XT4. However, from what is known a lot of the safety tech that were optional before are now standard. The safety features that the XT4 offers are:

  • Back-up camera
  • Rear parking aid
  • ABS
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Brake assist
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

2020 Cadillac XT4 Competition

Cadillac XT4 vs. Lincoln MKC

Both these SUVs are powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four engine, but the MKC makes more power and torque than the XT4. Other than that, the XT4 manages to come out as the better crossover considering the fact that it’s more fuel-efficient. However, when it comes to practicality, the MKC has a much bigger trunk than the XT4. Also, because of all the extra power that the MKC is quicker of the lot. The MKC is also a good $2,000 cheaper than the XT4.

2020 Lincoln MKC

Cadillac XT4 vs. Buick Envision

The Cadillac XT4 is a better all-around package than the Buick Envision. It offers more features, has a more powerful engine, and is also more fuel-efficient at the same time. But the XT4’s cargo capacity is smaller than the Envision. Also Envision is less expensive than the XT4.

2020 Buick Envision

2020 Cadillac XT4 Final Verdict

The Cadillac XT4 ticks all the right boxes. It’s capable, practical and adequately comfortable. But it does not deliver the sort of exclusivity that would make this SUV standout. Even the base variant of the XT4 is significantly more expensive than some of the higher-level variants of its competitors. At the same time, other SUVs in this segment boast more capable engines and better usability.