Swing by the Cadillac House in Manhattan one of these days, and hiding amongst the pretentious hipsters, chic modern art, and overpriced coffees is the new XT4, Cadillac's latest salvo in the luxury crossover wars. Going up against popular models like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 offers an enticing alternative for those who believe that the only way to travel is Cadillac style.
What's New for 2019
The Cadillac XT4 is all-new for 2019.
Choosing Your Cadillac XT4
While three different trim levels and a few option packages are available for the front-wheel-drive XT4, all models utilize a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for motivation. This motor musters 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and is paired up with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. It hasn't been tested by the EPA, but Cadillac estimates that fuel economy should be 25 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 combined.
As expected of something wearing the Cadillac crest, the XT4 comes well equipped even in base trim. Of all the included features, perhaps most noteworthy is the revised CUE infotainment system. Housed in an eight-inch color touchscreen with high-definition resolution, this software claims to be more intuitive, faster, and easier than ever before. Improved voice recognition, broadened App store access, and a new rotary controller are particular highlights of the system.
Other notable standard features for all XT4s include a seven-speaker audio system, LED lights, rear park assist, 18-inch wheels, and Teen Driver. The last one is a nifty little doodad that any parent will appreciate. Rather than hope the kids listen to the age-old admonishments about the dangers of speeding, the Teen Driver system acts as a parent even when the kiddos are driving solo. When activated, it turns on all safety features and makes it so that they're unable to be disabled, and parents can also program speed limits and volume limits. A registered key ensures that mom or dad isn't stuck doing a max of 55 miles pe rhour on their commute, and a report card can be viewed showing little Johnny's behind-the-wheel performance. For anyone who's concerned with giving their offspring the keys to the family car, the Teen Driver feature is a godsend.
A few extras permeate the options list of all XT4 trims. These include a $1,700 sunroof, $2,500 all-wheel drive, $1,500 navigation-equipped CUE system and 13-speaker Bose audio, and a $300 Trailer Tow Package that brings about a heavy-duty cooling system, wiring harness, and trailer hitch. With the Tow Package, you can tug along 3,500 pounds worth of boat, camper, or trailer. A Cold Weather Package is also available across the board. It costs $850 and includes heated seats both front and rear and a heated steering wheel. If you want any color but silver, expect to pony up $625.
As well-equipped as the base model is, we want our Caddy with the bells and whistles. To that end, we'd get the Premium Luxury with the Driver Awareness Package and Cold Weather Package. Together, they make for a 2018 Cadillac XT4 that has the safety equipment and comfort features that matter, all for an agreeable final price of $41,910.