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2019 Cadillac XT4 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2019 Cadillac XT4 has a generally upscale interior quality and design. Passenger comfort and rear legroom are excellent, though back-seat headroom could be better. Cargo volume is decent for the class. Infotainment features are straightforward, though some controls are confusing.

  • "Beyond being comfortable, the cabin made a good impression. Almost every surface is covered with some sort of soft-touch or premium-feeling material, including some lovely aluminum-look accents. There are a few plastics to be found that are reminiscent of the Chevy Equinox, but most shoppers are unlikely to pick those out at first glance." -- Edmunds
  • The look and feel was what you might expect in a luxury vehicle, but nothing more. There XT4's interior design holds no surprises in style or materials." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • More importantly, like the XT5, it doesn't feel much like a Chevy with its badges taped over. A few cheap touches distract, and there's a very un-Lexus-like rattle somewhere in the guts of the B-pillar by my ear, but on the whole it's a convincing premium proposition. Cadillac is so close to overcoming closest competitors' interior experiences." -- Autoblog

Seating

The Cadillac XT4 seats five people on standard leatherette upholstery. An eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Options include leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, four-way power front-seat lumbar adjustments, heated front seats, ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, and a sport steering wheel. The XT4 has two sets of lower LATCH anchors and three tether anchors.

Passenger comfort in both rows is excellent, with plush seats. The XT4 offers ample back-seat legroom, though headroom is a little tight for taller passengers.

  • "Cadillac says it's aiming the XT4 at the entry-luxury, compact crossover set (think Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40, etc.), though it feels at least a half-size bigger than any of those vehicles. The Cadillac team says it focused on providing more usable interior volume than the competitive set, and indeed, the XT4's 39.5 inches of rear seat legroom beats all the players mentioned here." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Despite the Cadillac's compact dimensions (it's an inch shorter overall than a Lexus NX, but its wheelbase is nearly five inches greater), six-footers can sit in the front and rear seats in reasonable comfort." -- Car and Driver
  • "While the Cadillac is meant to compete with subcompact-size crossovers, it's actually closer to compacts in terms of its overall size. This in-between form factor and extra length mean the XT4 has more rear legroom than other entry-level SUVs. Although adults over 6 feet tall may have issues with headroom. Everyone who fits will be comfortable, however. The rear seats are nicely padded, but the front seats are the real stars, with excellent structure and adjustability. The seats made it easy to find a driving position that stayed comfortable all day." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 XT4 include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, remote start, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, the Teen Driver system, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a seven-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Optional features include a sunroof, a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, navigation, an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless device charging, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a safety alert seat, a rearview mirror camera, a surround-view parking camera, automatic parking assist, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and forward and reverse automatic emergency braking.

The XT4's infotainment system features both a touch screen and knob on the center console. Most critics praise the inclusion of a physical control to adjust the system, but a few think that it overly complicates things. The touch screen responds quickly to commands.

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  • "Inside the XT4 is something else that makes it unique in Cadillac's lineup: a knob. The XT4's infotainment interface can be controlled via the touchscreen or by a rotary knob placed near the gear shifter. We have a soft spot for physical controls because they tend to be less distracting to use than touchscreens, but the XT4's knob feels a bit compromised. For starters, the menu structures and interface are all optimized for traditional touchscreen usage. … All this means is that while the knob is useful, it's also a bit nonintuitive." -- Edmunds
  • "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 including adjusting temperature, fans speed, volume or music track. It works in concert with what appears to be a simple and intuitive rotary controller on the center console. I'll need more time to be sure, but the rotary controller seems complementary to the XT4's touch screen and other controls." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • "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

Cargo

The 2019 XT4 has 22.5 cubic feet of space behind its second row of seats and 48.9 cubic feet with the back seat folded. These values are a little above average for the class. A power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate are optional.

You can fold down the second row to create a flat surface, and the cargo area is wide and open. However, the load floor and lift-in height is high.

  • "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
  • … cargo room in the XT4 is good but not class leading. The XT4 also has a high load floor, which can make loading heavier items a bit tricky." -- Left Lane News
  • 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
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