Luxury crossover SUV owners are spoiled for choice. Many competitors offer bleeding-edge tech wrapped in high-quality materials, dressed in flashy sheet metal.
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 keeps pace with all of them, mostly. It offers the latest whiz-bang features, but asks drivers to pay a princely sum for all of them.
We give the new XT4 a point for features, thanks to its generously sized infotainment screen but bring it back down to average with a menu of spend-up safety features that nickel-and-dime their way out of our good graces. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The XT4 is available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport trim levels starting at $35,790, including mandatory destination, and reaching toward $57,000 fully loaded.
XT4 Luxury versions are equipped with 18-inch wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights and taillights, power-adjustable front seats, four USB charging ports, dual-zone climate control, a 4.2-inch driver information display, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Base XT4s largely skip offering any options except a cold weather package that adds heated seats and steering wheel, and we think the base model misses the point.
The Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels cost the same amount to start, $40,290 including destination, and offer slightly different standard features befitting their mission.
XT4 Sports keep the synthetic leather upholstery, but add sporty exterior appearance items, a sporty steering wheel, and kick plates.
The Premium Luxury is more in line with our ideas for the Cadillac XT4’s purview. It subs in real hides and aluminum or wood interior accents for its starting price.
A comfort package goes further for $1,050 on Premium Luxury versions by adding power-adjustable cooled front seats with massage, a power liftgate, and better lumbar support. It costs $1,900 on Premium Luxury models, after a prerequisite cold weather package is added in.
Equipping the XT4 with high-speed automatic emergency braking takes patience, deep pockets, and Sport or Premium Luxury trims to start.
A $770 starter package adds low-speed auto braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, and automatic headlights. High-speed automatic braking requires 20-inch wheels (Why?—Eds) and the aforementioned “Safety for Beginners” group (Our words, not theirs.—Eds, again) for $1,100 more.
Cadillac’s highly advanced SuperCruise driver-assistance features aren’t on the menu at all. That’s an oversight.
All our news isn’t bad news, however. The revised Cadillac infotainment system is sharp and easy to use. All XT4 versions get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with bright menus and a clear display. The surround-view camera system optionally equipped on top trims is neat, and there are a number of baked-in apps such as Spotify that add value. Our only quibble: No pinch-to-zoom on the maps.
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