By Veeno Dewan
Athletic, compact, and taut-looking, the XT4 CUV works as an example of the softer, less brash approach to styling for Cadillac; There is a lot less of the hard straight lines and razor creases, but the XT4 is identifiable as a Caddy, thanks to the distinctive elongated front and rear light clusters. There is also a less overwhelming modern take on the Cadillac grille. Engine wise, there is a 2.0-litre turbo I-4- 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine with 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Fuel-saving technology such as a cylinder deactivation – and an automatic engine stop/start function is also fitted. The transmission is a new nine-speed automatic unit with either FWD or AWD.
Cadillac is offering different three different XT4 model trims in Canada. The base Luxury model at $35,298 offers as standard: Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, with a rotary controller, Rear Park Assist, Haptic safety alert seats, Selectable drive modes, Forward Collision Alert, Front pedestrian braking and; low speed braking. The spacious upscale design of the XT4 cabin features a sleek dash design, a nice chunky three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel with a new rotary infotainment controller. I liked the details such as the carbon fibre inserts on the doors. Plenty of technology features abound – in a quest to attract a younger breed of buyers to the Cadillac brand. There is: fast wireless device charging, four USB ports, a built-in 4G LTE WI-Fi hotspot Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart phone capability. An eight-inch touchscreen is well integrated into the dashboard design to display Cadillac’s excellent CUE infotainment system— which can be operated either by the touch screen or from a rotary controller.
There’s excellent headroom, shoulder-room, and legroom in all five seats, with 39.5-inches of best-in-class rear leg room. There is also a fairly spacious cargo area with 637 litres of space. Fold down the rear seats and that expands to 1,385 litres of cargo capacity. The rear is finished off with a rear cargo cover, and a hands-free power lift gate. The fuel rating is city/highway 10.7/9.5 L/100km for the AWD Model as tested.
The equipment list and entry level price is very tempting! The pleasant road manners will satisfy both dyed in the wool Cadillac fans looking to downsize, and those new to the brand, who are considering a Cadillac. Highly impressive and well recommended.
2020 Cadillac XT4 Priced from: $35,298. – $43,298. More info at Cadillac.ca