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2020 Cadillac XT4 Performance Review

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Performance: 7.1

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 has a comfortable ride, but its performance isn't up to par with top-ranking luxury subcompact SUV rivals. For the most part, acceleration, fuel economy, and maneuverability are average. A few critics caution that the responsiveness of the brakes and steering aren't always reassuring.

  • "With a busy, often unsophisticated ride and a surprisingly noisy engine, the XT4 does not represent Cadillac's best effort." -- Edmunds
  • "I was happy with the way the car felt underway. We drove on a lot of winding rural roads and the XT4 felt up to the task -- it didn't flop around in corners but remained crisp to the feel. … The different drive modes are not that far apart from one another, but I found myself happiest in the more responsive Sport mode." -- Autoweek (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The XT4 comes with a 237-horsepower 2.0-liter four cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Its powertrain is comparatively lively for a small SUV. It gets the XT4 going quickly and without much drama, but it receives a few complaints for being unresponsive and occasionally noisy.

The XT4's fuel economy rating is in line with the luxury subcompact SUV class average. This Cadillac gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

  • Although there's ample power, enough for quick passing maneuvers, it's slow off the line (0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds in our tests) and it gets winded at higher speeds." -- Edmunds
  • The XT4's 2.0T engine felt lively and eager to rev through the midrange, though it starts running out of breath above 5,000 rpm. That said, in normal driving, plenty of low-down torque and the 9-speed transmission conspire to keep revs low while not feeling like the XT4 is bogging in the slightest. This is possibly the best 9-speed we've experienced to date, with little gear hunting and silky smooth shifts that are almost imperceptible at times. That said, the XT4 is no rocket." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
  • "Driving the new XT4 was an easy job. … 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 (2019)

Handling and Braking

The base front-wheel-drive XT4 has three drive modes: Tour, Snow/Ice, and Sport. You can add all-wheel drive to any trim level, which changes the drive modes to Tour, Sport, Off-Road, and AWD. This small crossover SUV has a smooth ride. Reviewers complain that its brakes are inconsistent and require a lot of force, and some say the steering doesn't inspire confidence on the highway.

  • "Ride and comfort are strong points for the XT4. Despite its small stature, the XT4 feels planted and composed on the road. The XT4's standard suspension system does a good job of absorbing bumps without feeling floaty. The optional adaptive damper system provides an even more compliant ride." -- Left Lane News
  • 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
  • "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. … The XT4's rack is acceptable but not notable." -- Autoblog (2019)
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