Overall, we think the 2019 Cadillac XT4 has the right stuff to be the volume-adding product the brand needs right now. However, we wouldn’t call the luxury compact crossover perfect. We’ve compiled five things we’re not so sure about, following five things we really like about the 2019 XT4.
Without further ado:
No Super Cruise at launch
We expected the 2019 XT4 to haul in Cadillac’s heralded Super Cruise semi self-driving system, but that’s not the case. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen confirmed the crossover will not boast the system at launch, though it will likely arrive further into the CUV’s lifecycle. An entry-level luxury crossover with an optional hands-free driving system would have been a real headline-maker.
The standalone powertrain seems a tad underwhelming
We like the fact that Cadillac will usher in an exclusive 2.0-liter turbocharged LSY four-cylinder engine for the 2019 XT4, but on paper, it seems a smidge underwhelming. The engine is SAE-certified to make 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. At a glance, the turbo-four makes less power than its German rivals, and BMW specifically also offers a turbocharged inline-six engine as optional. We know the XT4’s platform will accept a V6 engine, and we think such an option would suit it well.
There aren’t any real segment breakthroughs
Cadillac’s banner ad for the 2019 XT4 claimed the compact crossover would be a fresh, new idea. However, nothing truly sets it apart from its rivals at the moment. Yes, it has the exclusive turbo-four engine, but otherwise, it’s a lot of the same. That’s not to say the XT4 will be a bad car, but it doesn’t appear to the move the needle right now. Super Cruise would have done that.
The looks are very Volvo-ish
We’re split on the design here at GM Authority. Some of us think the XT4 is rather handsome, but others clearly pointed out the taillights are ripped from Volvo. And they do look very, very similar. The Cadillac doesn’t actually look like a Volvo crossover, but the rear end shares a lot of similarities.
Was the plastic cladding necessary?
We’re sure there’s a reason behind the decision, but the plastic cladding on the front fascia sort of cheapens the XT4’s look. It fits in better with the darker color Cadillac showed the crossover in, but the burnt orange color and the gray plastic aren’t mixing very well, in our collective eyes.