2021 Cadillac XT4

What’s new

  • Power liftgate is now standard on Luxury trim
  • Standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Part of the first XT4 generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating and cargo area
  • Infotainment system is quick and sharp-looking
  • Ride is busy for a luxury SUV
  • Lots of engine and road noise
  • Some controls are confusing to use
  • Luxury features you'd expect to be standard are optional
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2021 Cadillac XT4 Review

The 2021 Cadillac XT4 is the smallest SUV in GM's luxury division, slotting below the XT5 and XT6 SUVs. Changes for 2021 are minor, with additional features on certain trims. Overall, it's the same basic vehicle Cadillac released in 2019. As such, you're getting a spacious cabin with plenty of room for both people and cargo. We also like Cadillac's current infotainment system. Controls for the radio, media and navigation are huge improvements on what's in some older Cadillac models.

The XT4 competes in a very competitive segment, however. Some of our favorites include the recently redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3 as well as the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Lexus NX 300. Read our Expert Rating on the XT4 for our in-depth analysis.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

6.9 / 10
With distinctive styling and a modern interior, the Cadillac XT4 makes a good first impression. The interior is comfortable and spacious, and the infotainment is impressive. But a closer look reveals cost-cutting measures and underwhelming performance. Noise levels, ride and steering all need to improve to reach the standards of the class.

How does it drive?

The XT4 packs ample power, enough for quick passing maneuvers, but it's slow off the line (0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds in our tests) and it gets winded at higher speeds. A distinct lack of steering feel and an often slow-witted transmission further hamper the XT4's sporting pretensions. Other qualities, such as braking and handling, are average.

With a light foot, the XT4 stays calm and is usually in the right gear. But more aggressive driving can catch the transmission out, either trying not to downshift or downshifting too many gears at once.

How comfortable is it?

With a busy, often unsophisticated ride and a surprisingly noisy engine, the XT4 does not represent Cadillac's best effort. There's constant jitter from all four wheels on less-than-perfect roads and a never-ending stream of impacts on rough patches. This look isn't good for a luxury SUV.

Thankfully, the seats are comfortable for a variety of body types and offer plenty of lower lumbar support. Uniform air circulation keeps the cabin evenly warm or cool, aided by the optional heated and ventilated front seats. (The rear seats can also be heated.) But the XT4's engine is loud and unrefined, and in combination with excessive road noise at highway speeds, hardly seems up to traditional Cadillac standards.

How’s the interior?

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.

Hopping in and out of the XT4 is easy thanks to the 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.

How’s the tech?

The XT4's infotainment system is quick, sharp and easy to use. The integrated navigation system looks a bit like Android Auto — a good thing — and the optional Bose audio system is impressive even at high volume. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, along with USB and USB-C connections. There's also a wireless charging pad and new wireless functionality for CarPlay and Android Auto if you want to go cable-free. The main drawback is that the multimedia control knob is clumsy and unnecessary; it can only scroll and doesn't work in some menus.

The forward collision warning and adaptive cruise systems are well calibrated and not overly sensitive. However, Cadillac has chosen to bundle electronic driver aids like those into option packages that aren't available on the base trim level. That's disappointing for this class of vehicle.

How’s the storage?

Cargo space is about average for the class. The split rear seats fold nearly flat and enhance versatility. There's also plenty of small storage spaces for drink bottles and personal items up front but less so in the back.

Child seats are easy to install thanks to easily accessible car seat anchors cleverly concealed under the leather upholstery. Large rear-facing seats may require taller drivers or front passengers to scoot up some. An inexpensive optional towing package allows the XT4 to pull up 3,500 pounds, which is about average for the class.

How economical is it?

The XT4's EPA-estimated fuel economy is about average for the class. But we struggled to achieve the EPA numbers in our own testing, even with a substantial amount of highway driving. Like many other vehicles in this class, the XT4 requires higher-priced premium fuel.

Is it a good value?

Luxury-car value comes from intangibles that create a premium experience, with price often a secondary concern. But the XT4 competes in a more affordable luxury class, where money is expected to go a bit further. Here, the Cadillac doesn't do much to distinguish itself. Interior quality is a mixed bag — the leather upholstery feels rich and pliable, but it's accompanied by low-grade plastic panels. Fully loaded, this baby Cadillac can cost almost as much as more luxurious SUVs such as the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.

Warranty coverage (four years/50,000 miles) is consistent with the class, but powertrain coverage (six years/70,000 miles) is better than most. Roadside assistance coverage is also above average.


With distinctive styling and a sleek interior, the XT4 does a good impression of a compact luxury SUV. But its performance and refinement come up short compared to European and Asian rivals, which are quieter, ride smoother and offer more dynamic performance. There's just not a lot of compelling evidence to land on the XT4. It's a solid choice for buyers who prefer to buy American. Although at this price, we'd give serious thought to a fully loaded Buick Encore instead.

Which XT4 does Edmunds recommend?

Of the three available trims, we suggest going with the Premium Luxury model. It has plenty of standard features including leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert.

Cadillac XT4 models

The 2021 XT4 is available in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. Each one is powered by turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (237 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available across the board.

The base Luxury trim comes decently equipped. Features include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Remote start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power liftgate
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery

The Luxury also comes with:

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)

Options include:

  • Cold Weather package
    • Heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel
  • Driver Awareness package
    • Following distance indicator
    • Lane keeping assist with lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane and can make minor steering corrections to keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Upgraded Bose audio system
  • Sunroof

Premium Luxury
The Premium Luxury model builds on the Luxury trim, adding:

  • Memory settings for the driver's seat
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Options include those on the Luxury trim plus:

  • Driver Assistance package
    • Requires Driver Awareness package
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the XT4 and the car in front)
    • Reverse emergency braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Comfort and Convenience package
    • Massaging and ventilated front seats
  • Technology package
    • Air ionizer (helps filter air in the cabin)
    • Head-up display
    • Power-adjustable steering wheel
    • Wireless phone charging
  • Comfort and Technology Preferred package
    • A single option that includes all features from those packages
  • Enhanced Visibility package
    • Rear pedestrian alert
    • Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)
    • Surround-view camera (gives you a top-down view of the XT4 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
    • Automatic parking assist (steers into a parking spot with no driver intervention)

The Sport trim level is basically an appearance package for the XT4. It generally mirrors the Premium Luxury trim in features and options. Changes include:

  • Seats with adjustable bolsters
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Body-colored exterior trim and accents including the grille, mirrors and door handles
  • Red brake calipers

Options include:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Sport suspension with adaptive dampers

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Cadillac XT4.

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    Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower237 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite XT4 safety features:

    Safety Alert Seat
    Vibrates the driver's seat to alert you of things such as an unintentional lane departure.
    Teen Driver
    Monitors driving habits, prevents disabling safety features such as stability control, and lets parents limit the volume of the stereo.
    Rear Camera Mirror
    Displays the view of a wide-angle camera in the rearview mirror to make reversing safer and easier.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.7%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength TestNot Tested
    Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Cadillac XT4 vs. the competition

    Cadillac XT4 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz GLA has been fully redesigned for 2021. That means an all-new interior and exterior design, the latest tech and driver aids Mercedes has to offer, and improved fuel economy thanks to a revised turbocharged engine. We like the GLA's smooth ride and comfortable seats as well as its in-car tech. Overall, it's a more compelling pick than the XT4.

    Compare Cadillac XT4 & Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class features

    Cadillac XT4 vs. BMW X1

    The BMW X1 has been on sale for a few years now, but BMW has done an excellent job of keeping it feeling fresh thanks to a number of updates over the past few years. We like the X1's sporty handling and quick acceleration. The X1's ride can be a bit rough on some roads, and the interior is looking a little dated and plain compared to some newer luxury SUVs.

    Compare Cadillac XT4 & BMW X1 features

    Cadillac XT4 vs. Audi Q3

    The Audi Q3 underwent a full redesign in the past couple of years. That means new interior and exterior styling as well as updated in-car tech and driver aids. The Q3's interior is both handsome and premium-feeling, with lots of high-grade materials, switches and knobs. We also like the Q3's comfortable and quiet ride. The Audi has more cargo space than the XT4, but the Cadillac wins out when it comes to overall passenger space.

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    Is the Cadillac XT4 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 XT4 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.9 out of 10. You probably care about Cadillac XT4 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the XT4 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg to 26 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the XT4 has 22.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Cadillac XT4. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Cadillac XT4?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Cadillac XT4:

    • Power liftgate is now standard on Luxury trim
    • Standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
    • Part of the first XT4 generation introduced for 2019
    Learn more

    Is the Cadillac XT4 reliable?

    To determine whether the Cadillac XT4 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the XT4. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the XT4's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Cadillac XT4 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Cadillac XT4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 XT4 and gave it a 6.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 XT4 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Cadillac XT4?

    The least-expensive 2021 Cadillac XT4 is the 2021 Cadillac XT4 Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $35,795.

    Other versions include:

    • Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $42,295
    • Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $38,295
    • Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $35,795
    • Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $39,795
    • Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $42,495
    • Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $39,995
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    What are the different models of Cadillac XT4?

    If you're interested in the Cadillac XT4, the next question is, which XT4 model is right for you? XT4 variants include Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of XT4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Cadillac XT4

    2021 Cadillac XT4 Overview

    The 2021 Cadillac XT4 is offered in the following submodels: XT4 SUV. Available styles include Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Cadillac XT4?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Cadillac XT4 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 XT4.

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