2019 Cadillac XT4

Performance


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$34,795
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2019 Cadillac XT4 Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.6

The 2019 Cadillac XT4 has a peppy turbocharged engine and decent fuel economy. Handling could be better, and braking response elicits mixed reviews from test drivers.

  • On the road, the Cadillac also distinguishes itself from competitors. Power delivery is smooth and strong, and the transmission is quick to shift, but the powertrain lacks a sense of urgency compared to more aggressively tuned rivals." -- Edmunds
  • The ride, however, is a perfect compromise. Continuously-variable damping is available on Sport models, but the conventional dampers on the Premium Luxury model are well calibrated. The ride is comfortable without being overly coddling – somewhere, nebulously, between Lexus and BMW. Just as it should be. It's a rigid platform, with some elements solid-mounted to the chassis and some isolated by bushings, like the rear five-link suspension cradle. The only bad handling habit we noticed in a thoroughly typical freeway and suburban drive route was a bit of head-tossing lateral motion when hitting an imperfection going around a corner. Brake dive and other motion sickness-inducing traits are mostly absent." -- Autoblog
  • "Overall, the XT4 is perfectly pleasant to drive. On the winding, forest roads outside Seattle, I'd like a little more weight to the steering in its default setting, but Sport mode adds appreciated heft. The XT4 is also the first Cadillac to get a new electro-hydraulically controlled braking system, where an electric motor supplies braking power when needed, resulting in a firm, confidence-inspiring pedal feel." -- CNET

Acceleration and Power

The Cadillac XT4 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. According to the EPA, the XT4 gets 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. Mileage drops to 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with all-wheel drive.

The XT4 has strong power and brisk acceleration, both from a stop and for passing cars at higher speeds. The transmission makes the most of the engine by delivering smooth and timely shifts.

  • "Cadillac's new 2.0L engine is a nice pairing for the XT4's athletic driving dynamics. The twin-scroll turbocharger spools up quickly and provides nice low-down grunt for everyday driving. The 2.0L also has good top end punch, making it a breeze to overtake slower traffic on a two-lane road. Throttle response is good and the XT4's nine-speed auto behaved much better than we were expecting." -- Left Lane News
  • "Driving the new XT4 was an easy job. The engine's 258 lb-ft of torque was on full crank from just off idle up to 4,000 rpm, and it snapped up 97 percent of peak acceleration (aka peak torque) for another 1,000 rpm beyond that. Paired with the liquid-wax-smooth shifting of the 9-speed automatic transmission, the turbo-4 let the driver pull away quick from a stop or ease into action, and pass slower traffic without complaint." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There are no gaps in the power or torque curves, just smooth, even delivery across the tach. Acceleration was what you might call brisk, both off-the-line and in passing." -- Autoweek

Handling and Braking

The XT4 comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is optional. The XT4 has a mostly comfortable ride, but adding larger wheels or the sport suspension detracts from that. Steering feedback from the road is unimpressive. Critics are split on the XT4's brake system, with some saying it inspires confidence, and others bemoaning its stopping power.

  • The Caddy's ride, especially with our tester's 20-inch wheels, felt a tad stiff-legged and came off bouncy over larger bumps. The steering is light and precise, but there's no feel from the front wheels. Finally, the brake pedal is very firm and numb. These traits all together made the XT4 we drove feel more like a larger SUV. The steering, ride, braking and power delivery are reminiscent of something much heftier. That said, there's none of the body roll of a large SUV, and the XT4 proved maneuverable and stable on twisty roads. The vehicle's actual dynamics fit its size, but much of the sensation of interacting with the XT4 reminded us of being behind the wheel of a larger GM product." -- Edmunds
  • Without the ability to really push the XT4 through corners, it's tough to say if it can usurp other compact luxury crossovers from a dynamic standpoint. But from this early test, I'd say the Cadillac falls roughly midpack here." -- CNET
  • "The electrically-boosted brakes, however, proved disconcerting – an uncanny valley of muted feedback made it tough to stop accurately and consistently at a fixed point before a stoplight. And so too did the electrically-assisted power steering, which was a touch too light in all conditions, although admirably accurate. It features a vibration damper to remove unwanted column jitters, which may cause some of the isolation." -- Autoblog
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