Cadillac XT4 vs. Cadillac XT5

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - September 19, 2019

It took Cadillac a while to catch up to the crossover craze. Despite doing their best to compete with the German luxury establishment, the American brand only introduced the mid-size Cadillac XT5 in 2017. They finally followed up with a compact crossover in the 2019 Cadillac XT4. Does the little sibling deserve to steal the spotlight? We investigated to find out.

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What the XT4 Gets Right

As it slots in below the XT5 in Cadillac’s lineup, the Cadillac XT4 wins its first victory on price. The XT4 starts at $36,690 including destination, while the XT5 sets buyers back $45,090.

The XT4 is the smaller vehicle as well, resembling the BMW X3 or Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class in size. But the compact crossover pulls out a surprise win on cabin space. Despite being the shorter vehicle, the XT4 has more head room than the XT5 in both rows. The XT4 also has 39.5 inches of rear leg room, which is exceptional for the class and equals the XT5’s figure.

The XT4 matches the XT5’s towing capacity. However, thanks to its smaller engine and lighter weight, it has the better fuel economy by far. The XT4 achieves an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon combined compared to the the XT5's 21 mpg combined.

What the XT5 Gets Right

The Cadillac XT5’s larger engine may lose the efficiency battle, but it wins out handily on power. The XT5 has a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower compared to the XT4's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 237 hp.

As might be expected, the XT5 has substantially more cargo capacity. With both rows in place, the XT5 will swallow 30 cubic feet of cargo. Fold down the second row and the figure jumps to 63 cubic feet. Both exceed the XT4, which can manage 22.5 and 48.9 cubic feet, respectively.

The XT5 has more than 1.5 inches of clearance over the XT4, and it can be optioned with a full-time all-wheel-drive system (the XT4’s is part-time only). Both attributes make it a safer option for excursions away from the pavement.

A Cadillac for the Modern Driver

Both of these crossovers are on a mission to tempt luxury buyers away from models like the Audi Q5 or Lexus RX. Both offer some distinctly American virtues, like bold styling and a comfy ride. The Cadillac XT4 has a more sophisticated and efficient powertrain, and it keeps up well on passenger space. The Cadillac XT5’s biggest advantages are its power and cargo space – of the two, it feels closer to a true SUV.

Our Verdict: Cadillac XT4

In many ways, the Cadillac XT4 was worth the wait. The powertrain is excellent, and the styling is sharp enough to draw eyes away from the competition. The Cadillac XT5 may suit buyers that need SUV utility, but the XT4 offers better efficiency and excellent cabin space at a much lower price point. For that, it earns the win in this comparison.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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