2020 Cadillac XT4

What’s new

  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking now standard
  • Hands-free liftgate standard on Premium Luxury models
  • Part of the first Cadillac XT4 generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating and cargo area for this class of SUV
  • Infotainment system is quick and sharp-looking
  • Ride is busy for a luxury crossover
  • 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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2020 Cadillac XT4 Review

Like the midsize XT5 and the all-new XT6, the 2020 Cadillac XT4 cuts a dashing figure true to Cadillac form. You also get a modern interior and an impressive technology interface. And for such a small size, the XT4 feels surprisingly spacious inside, with generous rear legroom not unlike what's offered in a sedan.

The XT4, however, misses the mark in some key areas. An underpowered engine and lackluster handling dull what could otherwise be an enjoyable driving experience. There's also a lack of refinement. The engine makes a constant diesel-like chattering sound, and the ride quality is unnecessarily firm. Rivals are similarly priced and triumph where the XT4 falters.

Overall, we find the XT4 to be a mixed bag. It's worth a look if space and style are priorities for you. Otherwise, you might be happier checking out rival crossover SUVs such as the Acura RDX, BMW X1 or Volvo XC40.

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Our verdict

6.9 / 10
With distinctive styling and a modern interior, the 2019 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?

Even if our test car lacked the word "Sport" in its name, the XT4 would still come up a bit short. 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. A distinct lack of steering feel and an often slow-witted transmission further hamper the XT4's sporting pretensions. Other qualities, such as braking, are average.

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 wide 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, though, 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.

How’s the tech?

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.

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. Split-folding 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. We struggled to achieve the EPA numbers in our own testing, however, 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, with leather upholstery that feels rich and pliable, but 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 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 good 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?

The base Luxury trim has an attractive price, but it's missing some features you might expect. As such, we'd recommend going with the Premium Luxury, which comes with niceties such as leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirrors and a power liftgate. The Sport trim level is similarly equipped and priced, but be aware that it's sporty in the cosmetic sense only.

Cadillac XT4 models

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 is available in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. Though the base Luxury boasts solid entertainment and phone integration features, it's light on some features. The Premium Luxury and the Sport come with upgrades that match their names, such as leather for the former and additional seat bolstering for the latter.

All trims come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (237 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

The base Luxury lacks some features you might expect of a "luxury"-dubbed trim level, such as heated front seats or a power-adjustable steering column. But it still comes decently equipped with alloy wheels, simulated-leather upholstery, comprehensive infotainment features that include an available Wi-Fi connection, and basic driver safety aids such as automatic emergency braking.

Stepping up to the Premium Luxury adds useful extras such as a hands-free liftgate, driver-seat memory functions, and additional driver safety aids (blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert).

The Sport is similarly equipped but offers black trim-specific details with different interior features (sport front seats and a different style steering wheel).

Additional options are available for the Premium Luxury and the Sport. As part of a couple of optional packages, you can add features such as heated and massaging front seats, a panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging and adaptive cruise control.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Cadillac XT4.

5 star reviews: 87%
4 star reviews: 13%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.9 stars based on 8 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Cadillac has a Winner With the XT4
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

XT4 is a small luxury SUV with unbelievable interior room. My 6’ 5” friend sat in Driver’s seat and I was able to sit directly behind him in backseat (I’m 5’ 10”) with room to spare. Averaging over 29 mpg on the highway. Great layout of controls - smart combo of buttons, control wheel, and responsive touch screen. Cool white leather seats with red stitching and black side inserts. Well paired turbo 4 engine & 9 speed transmission (quick, smooth shifts). Quiet interior, good breaks, comfortable ride. 6,100 miles with no issues. Cadillac has a winner with the XT4.

5 out of 5 stars, Bigger than small but smaller than big.
Scott M,
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

The CT4 has a thoughtful design, with good interior space, in a manageable size for daily use. Easy to park, the driver can see all the corners. Controls are intuitive and customizable to user preferences. The available heated seats and steering wheel are divine in cold weather, also the all wheel drive that can be turned off to save fuel and tire wear. The turbo 4 requires premium fuel, but is more than peppy, but is slightly unrefined when pressed. The interior is finished nicely, with attractive stitching, color choices, and very adjustable/comfortable seats. Some surfaces glare and reflect, while other, mostly lower and rearward surfaces are hard and plasticky, scratch easily. I like the back seat isn’t forgotten with lots of legroom and easy access. Overall an easy to use, stylish small suv, much more is right than not, in a perfect size for our needs.

5 out of 5 stars, Cadillac's Hole in One!
John Carrigan,
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

Excellent vehicle that won't disappoint! Unique to Cadillac"s design, this car addresses all of the short comings of many other SUV's within the class. Surprisingly comfortable for both front and rear occupants, an awesome value for the creature comforts, even in base form. very quick and agile, strong and linear braking, great sounding entertainment, and the lists goes on. It's no wonder that these cars are seen everywhere. I actually found myself staring at it in a parking lot trying to identify it before Cadillac announced its arrival. It is also more reliable than many of its direct rivals. This Cadillac won't disappoint.

4 out of 5 stars, Great Size
Robert D McLean,
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

A little under powered & over Geared.

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Features & Specs

Premium Luxury 4dr SUV features & specs
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A
MPG 24 city / 30 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower237 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A
MPG 22 city / 29 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower237 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Sport 4dr SUV features & specs
Sport 4dr SUV
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A
MPG 24 city / 30 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower237 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Sport 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Sport 4dr SUV AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A
MPG 22 city / 29 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
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%

Cadillac XT4 vs. the competition

Cadillac XT4 vs. Lexus NX 300

These two SUVs are similar in cost and overall appeal. However, the Cadillac XT4 offers more rear legroom, a higher tow rating (when equipped with its Trailering package), and more cargo space behind the rear seats. The XT4 also has standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, which the NX 300 lacks. The NX, however, is available as a hybrid for superior fuel economy.

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Cadillac XT4 vs. Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 carries a higher starting price but accounts for the increase with more standard features, including all-wheel drive. Its interior relays a more modern appearance, especially when outfitted with the digital gauge cluster. The XT4 also comparatively suffers from less cargo space.

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Cadillac XT4 vs. BMW X3

Like other German SUVs, the BMW X3 costs more but offers a larger interior along with greater cargo volume and towing capability. Its performance model comes with a bigger and more powerful engine than what you can get in the Cadillac, too. You pay more for the X3, but in return you get a better SUV.

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Is the Cadillac XT4 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 2020 Cadillac XT4?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Cadillac XT4:

  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking now standard
  • Hands-free liftgate standard on Premium Luxury models
  • Part of the first Cadillac XT4 generation introduced for 2019
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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 2020 Cadillac XT4 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Cadillac XT4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 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 2020 XT4 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Cadillac XT4?

The least-expensive 2020 Cadillac XT4 is the 2020 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 $35,695.

Other versions include:

  • Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $39,795
  • Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $42,295
  • Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $39,795
  • Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $42,295
  • Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $35,695
  • Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $38,195
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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 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of XT4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Cadillac XT4

2020 Cadillac XT4 Overview

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 is offered in the following submodels: XT4 SUV. Available styles include Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A).

What do people think of the 2020 Cadillac XT4?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Cadillac XT4 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 XT4 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2020 XT4.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Cadillac XT4 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 XT4 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Cadillac XT4?

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