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2020 Cadillac XT4 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

When it comes to cabin space, the 2020 Cadillac XT4 earns gold stars. Its expansive back seat and the cargo area behind these seats are larger than most in the luxury subcompact SUV class. The infotainment system is relatively modern and mostly easy to use. Lots of high-tech safety features are available, but they require you to upgrade to the top trim levels before you can add them.

  • The XT4 makes a strong initial impression with a stylish and modern interior. But some of the controls seem unnecessary or overthought and difficult to use without errors and frustration. The dash controls are easy to figure out, but the steering wheel buttons and multimedia knob are clumsy." -- Edmunds
  • The look and feel was what you might expect in a luxury vehicle, but nothing more. There (sic) XT4's interior design holds no surprises in style or materials. But the infotainment controls deliver one of the XT4's most pleasant surprises: Cadillac has completely redesigned its widely despised CUE system, which led to myriad customer complaints and depressed the brand's quality scores for years. The new system replaces CUE's finicky flat-panel controls with buttons, switches and dials for common tasks." -- The Detroit Free Press (2019)
  • The materials used in the XT4's interior look better than they feel. Although pretty much everything in the XT4's interior looks leather-wrapped, it's actually all vinyl -- and it feels like it. Even the leather seats feel a bit plastic-y. That's not all that offensive given the XT4's base price of about $38,000, but fully loaded models can top a wallet-shattering $56,000." -- Left Lane News (2019)

Seating

The XT4 seats five people in two rows. Up front, the comfortable seats accommodate a range of body sizes. The second row has class-leading legroom, and it bests even many luxury compact SUVs.

The XT4 comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available upgrades include genuine leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and a heated steering wheel.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the XT4’s rear outboard seats, as well as a third tether anchor on the rear middle seat.

  • "Hopping in and out of the XT4 is easy … thanks to wide front door openings. The rear door openings aren't as generous, but there's plenty of legroom back there. Headroom gets a bit pinched in the rear seat, especially with the optional panoramic sunroof, but there's enough room for two adults to sit comfortably. The front of the cabin feels open and airy, and it's easy to find a comfortable driving position with good visibility." -- Edmunds
  • "While the interior of the new XT4 isn't the most adventurous, the seats are supportive without being overly 'sporty,' and the driving position excels, even for taller drivers. The outward view is also good, making it easy to change lanes and maneuver through tangled big-city traffic and park without ever having to wonder where the corners of the SUV were. While not breathtaking, the 2nd-row legroom/headroom will gladly accommodate 6-foot-plus adults as long as the front-seat occupants don't need to slide their seats all the way back." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • … the XT4 has a quiet, comfortable cabin, though the engine's buzzy, whiny noise finds its way inside at higher revs." -- CNET (2019)

Interior Features

The XT4’s infotainment system is more user-friendly than some of Cadillac's other interfaces, but it has issues. High points include crisp graphics, a responsive touch screen, and convenient buttons and knobs adjacent to the screen. Some reviewers say the central infotainment knob and the controls on the steering wheel are unnecessarily difficult to use.

Standard infotainment features include an 8-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker stereo, four USB ports (two standard, two USB-C), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Also standard is dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and remote start.

Newly standard safety features include forward automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a safety alert seat, which vibrates to notify you of safety alerts. Also standard is the Teen Driver system, which lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers, as well as monitor their driving performance.

Navigation is available, as is wireless device charging, a 13-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround-sound system, ambient lighting, and an 8-inch driver information center.

There are numerous advanced safety features, but most come in add-on packages that are only available with the top trims. Optional safety features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a rear camera mirror, a washer for the rearview camera, and a surround-view camera system.

Also optional are adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, automatic high-beam headlights, a following distance indicator, active park assist for parallel and perpendicular parking, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, and enhanced forward automatic emergency braking, which is capable of engaging at higher speeds than the standard system.

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  • The XT4's infotainment system is quick, sharp and easy to use. The navigation looks a bit like Android Auto -- a good thing -- and the optional Bose audio system is impressive even at high volume. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto come standard, along with USB and USB-C connections. There's also a wireless charging pad and Bluetooth if you prefer to go cable-free. The main drawback here is that the multimedia control knob is clumsy and unnecessary; it can only scroll and doesn't work in some menus." -- Edmunds
  • "There's tons of tech onboard, too, with Cadillac's latest Cue infotainment system, housed in a high-definition, 8-inch touchscreen. The screen is very responsive with lots of shortcut buttons, and it can be controlled by a rotary dial in the center console. In fact, I like using the dial better, as it feels less distracting while driving." -- CNET (2019)
  • The XT4's infotainment screen, although on the small side, is an easy arm's reach. There's also a physical home button for the infotainment screen, which makes it easy to get your virtual bearings. HVAC controls are as easy to use as they are stylish, thanks to their toggle switch setup. We also like having physical buttons for the XT4's heated and cooled seats. A new feature used in the XT4 is a rotary knob to control the CUE infotainment system. The knob itself is a quality item with metal construction and a weighty feel to it. However, it lacks a top-mounted touchpad like similar systems on the market, and in general we found it easier to navigate CUE via the touchscreen display. The knob is useful for quickly zooming in on a map, though. The gauge cluster in the XT4 is a mix of LCD and analog gauges. The analog dials are simple and easy to read, but seem a little low-tech for a vehicle like the XT4." -- Left Lane News (2019)

Cargo

Behind its rear seats, the XT4 has a 22.5-cubic-foot cargo hold, which is above average for the luxury subcompact SUV class. The rear seats have a 60/40 split and fold almost completely flat, providing up to 48.9 cubic feet of space.

  • Cargo space is about average for the class. Split-folding rear seats fold nearly flat and enhance versatility." -- Edmunds
  • "Out back, the rear cargo area is decent-sized and definitely usable, with clean dimensions and split/fold-down 2nd-row seatbacks that fold flat to carry larger loads." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • The XT4's 48.9 cubic feet of cargo space bests the Volvo XC40 and Mercedes GLA, but falls short of both the BMW X1 and X2, as well as the Audi Q3." -- CNET (2019)
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