2021 Cadillac XT4

 The Cadillac XT4 will appeal to buyers who value a sharp-edged design, a spacious interior, and a traditionally upright, SUV-like driving position in a market crowded with small-luxury SUVs. All models are equipped with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine and either front- or all-wheel drive. The cabin has a modern appearance and plenty of standard and optional technology and infotainment features, but overall refinement isn't quite on par with the XT4's key competitors, which include the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-class. If you ignore the XT4's low-end interior materials, it remains a practical and stylish option in this popular segment.

2021 Cadillac XT4

2021 Cadillac XT4 Price

The Cadillac XT4 starts at $36,790, with all-wheel drive available for an additional $2500 on all models. The Premium Luxury and Sport models are nearly identical in price, but the former does not live up to its name, and the latter is even better to drive, so we recommend the XT4 Sport. It has one-of-a-kind wheels, blacked-out exterior trim, and exclusive interior accents. In addition, the Sport model has an exclusive active suspension with adaptive dampers and more bolstered front seats. To that, we'd add the Comfort and Convenience package (leather interior, ventilated and massaging front seats, etc.) and the Active Sport suspension (adaptive dampers) to avoid the ride-quality-degrading 20-inch wheels that come with the Sport Dynamics package.

2021 Cadillac XT4 Engine

2021 Cadillac XT4

All XT4s are powered by a 237-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The 2019 XT4 Sport we tested reached 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, 1.5 seconds slower than the X1. Despite the differences, the XT4 felt quick around town and on the highway. Ignore Cadillac's claim that the XT4 is sporty.

It's more of a roadster than a sports car. So long as the road is relatively smooth, the ride is fine. Rough asphalt stretches transmit a lot of vibrations and sharp impacts into the cabin, especially if you're riding on the optional 20-inch wheels. The steering is also disappointing, as it is neither pleasant nor direct in its action. The only decisive controls on the XT4 are its brakes, which hauled our test car down from 70 mph in our emergency-braking test in 172 feet with one of the firmest brake pedals we've encountered.

2021 Cadillac XT4 Fuel

Despite its fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, the XT4 earns entirely average EPA fuel-economy estimates, with front-wheel-drive variants reaching 30 mpg on the highway. Our all-wheel-drive test vehicle only managed 27 of the EPA-rated 29 mpg in our real-world highway fuel-economy test.

2021 Cadillac XT4 Interior

2021 Cadillac XT4 Interior

The interior of the XT4 is comfortable and spacious, but it isn't as high-end as we would expect in this premium segment. The dashboard and upper door panels are wrapped in a stitched, faux-leather wrap, but cheaper, sharp-edged plastic remains on the doors and centre console. The buttons and switches appear to be shared with other less expensive offerings in the General Motors portfolio. The space in the front seat is excellent, and it's actually quite good in the back seat as well. The cargo area of the XT4 is as large as the passenger compartment.

We were able to fit six of our carry-on suitcases behind the XT4's rear seat, and with the seatbacks folded flat, we were able to fit 18—slightly more than smaller rivals like the Mini Cooper Countryman. If you're looking for a small SUV that can haul cargo like a larger one, the Volvo XC40, which can hold 23 carry-on suitcases, is a good option.

2021 Cadillac XT4 Infotainment 

2021 Cadillac XT4 Infotainment

All XT4 models come standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment system that includes Cadillac's CUE software. The touchscreen is clear and sharp, and it is tucked slightly into the dashboard. The interface is also fairly simple to use, and in addition to touching the screen, the user can interact with it via a console-mounted knob. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and a seven-speaker audio system are all standard features; navigation and a 13-speaker Bose audio system are optional. The available Technology package (available on Premium Luxury and Sport models only) includes a digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.

2021 Cadillac XT4 Safety 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2021 XT4 a five-star safety rating, but it was not named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Cadillac does offer a slew of driver-assistance features, but only a few of them are standard. The following are important safety features:

Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard features.

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available.

Adaptive cruise control is available.

2021 Cadillac XT4 Warranty 

With powertrain coverage that lasts six years or 70,000 miles, Cadillac outperforms several competitors. With the purchase of any 2021 model, Cadillac provides one free maintenance visit.

The limited warranty period is four years or 50,000 miles.

The powertrain warranty is valid for six years or 70,000 miles.

For one year or 12,000 miles, complimentary maintenance is provided.