2019 XT4 New Car Test Drive
New for the 2019 model year, the compact Cadillac XT4 dresses in high-quality materials, packs an impressive new powertrain, and has one of Cadillac's most daring designs in recent times.
Priced from around $35,000, the 2019 XT4 comes in three trim levels: base Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. Each version holds an eager new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For now, at least, the turbo-4 is exclusive to the XT4.
The turbo-4 mates with a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive costs an additional $2,500. It's a part-time AWD system, engaged by tapping twice on a button.
Sport models get some appearance boosts, including gloss black window moldings and specific Sport alloy wheels. Helpful adaptive dampers are included. So are clear-lens taillights. Every XT4 gets a good-looking infotainment system with smartphone compatibility.
No official crash-test ratings are available as yet, from either the federal government or independent testers.
Blind-spot monitors are standard. Several active-safety features are available, as option packages for upper trim levels. A $770 Driver Awareness group includes low-speed automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warnings, active lane control, and automatic headlights. The $1,100 Driver Assist package provides forward/reverse automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Neither package is offered for the base XT4. A surround-view camera system, automatic parking assistance, and camera-based rearview mirror also are available..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
Luxury ($34,795 with front-drive, $37,295 with all-wheel drive) is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights and taillights, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, three drive modes, 4.2-inch driver information display, and 18-inch wheels. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes a rotary controller, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Premium Luxury ($39,295 with FWD, $41,795 with AWD) turns to genuine leather seating, a power liftgate, blind-spot monitors, lane-change alert, and aluminum or wood interior accents.
Sport ($39,295 with FWD, $41,795 with AWD) reverts to synthetic leather, but adds black exterior trim, a mesh grille, and sport steering wheel..