Cadillac XT4 test drive.
I think the new XT4 is a really nice looking small SUV.
Especially with the 20-inch wheels from the Sports version, I got to drive.
At 181 inches long it actually is a bit longer than the Mazda CX-5 but appears shorter.
Same thing inside. It is pretty luxurious while keeping things pretty simple looking.
(Nothing like the super busy recent BMW interiors)
Everything feels solid and well made. As it should.
The Bose stereo in the version I drove sounded great. And loud! (many Bose units in other cars area actually not loud at all)
And the new Cadillac infotainment system is one of the best and easiest to use.
The screen is now very sensitive. Like a phone.
And the rotary control by the center armrest also works great.
It is actually very nice to have both a touch screen and manual control.
The steering wheel is surprisingly thick. maybe even a little bit too much.
Since the steering feel is itself pretty light, it doesn’t sem to match.
The electronic shifter actually works fine. I usually don’t like these, but I had no problem with it.
The center armrest is comfortable, but not adjustable.
In a “luxury” brand like Cadillac, it should be.
The giant double sunroof is also great. But still a $1550 option on all models…
With 39.5 inches of legroom, the rear seat is very roomy.
This is actually the same as in the larger XT5.
The only part of the interior that desperately needs improvement, is the rear side of the center console.
This super cheap looking plastic faces the rear passengers at all time.
It is really not worthy of a luxury brand and reminds me more of a base model VW Jetta than a Cadillac.
The cargo area is quite spacious. But there is no extra space under the floor.
And it is actually a few inches too short to be able to camp in. Unless you are under 5 feet 5 inches tall…
Unfortunately, the first thing I noticed every day was how noisy the engine sounded when cold.
Something that, of course, disappears quickly, but still. Other versions of GM’s 2.0 Liter do not sound that loud when cold.
This newest version used in the XT4 is just not as quiet when you start the car after a while.
Once it is warmed up, things are actually very quiet and smooth.
And there is lots of power all the time.
The 9-speed automatic transmission felt great. Always in the right gear and pretty eager to downshift when needed.
This makes for a pretty sporty experience.
The XT4 is rated at 22/29MPG.
I was able to get 22MPG around town when I drove like a grandma.
Otherwise, you get more like 17 or 18.
But easily got 35 on the freeway.
Which is actually better than What I got on the freeway with the 2.0 Liter Equinox.