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    2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    Cadillac's effort to bring in young blood betrays the brand's rich heritage.
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    After roughly 300 miles and seven days of driving the XT4 Sport in mixed weather conditions (thanks, Midwest spring), I walked away with equally mixed feelings. It would be easy to make excuses for several of its demerits, but the truth is that in doing so I would be doing a disservice to the brand. When buyers young and old think of Cadillac, they expect a certain experience, a certain level of refinement. The XT4 may very well fulfill its mission of attracting young buyers to the brand, put a bit more black in Cadillac's balance sheets, and maybe even justify killing its sedans. But it's also doing something else: diluting the brand. If the XT4 were one of its lesser GM siblings, it would be a pretty good ride. But a Cadillac it isn't.

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    LOL at all the FORD fans in this thread thinking they got a one up. This is the Yukon Denali and trust me it's going to blow away the Navigator. Escalade is gunning for RR/Bentley level of interiors and beyond. I've talked to someone about this on another site that confirmed it Navigator isn't even being bench-marked at Cadillac too low for them.
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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    I'm going to have to disagree with Jerry Perez here. I'm a fan of the XT4, and think that Cadillac needs more cars like it.

    As many on GMI know, I'm a very picky person when it comes to interiors, particularly about materials and fit and finish of said materials. I think the XT4's material usage is very class appropriate, and I think the overall fit and finish is as well.

    I think the XT4 is the best looking CUV in its segment, especially when it's sitting on the 20" wheels. It's very attractive.

    Where I think the XT4 lags is in the powertrain department. The base 237 HP 2.0T just isn't enough motor for this car IMO. It's fine for a base level XT4, but once we start getting into the $50,000 range, it isn't enough. I didn't like the power delivery when I drove one either, which was mentioned in the review. I think it's by far the weakest link in an otherwise excellent package.

    With all that said, I don't think the XT4 has anything to worry about. It's a solid CUV and is selling well.
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    LOL at all the FORD fans in this thread thinking they got a one up. This is the Yukon Denali and trust me it's going to blow away the Navigator. Escalade is gunning for RR/Bentley level of interiors and beyond. I've talked to someone about this on another site that confirmed it Navigator isn't even being bench-marked at Cadillac too low for them.
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    Easily the best looking compact CUV IMO.
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    LOL at all the FORD fans in this thread thinking they got a one up. This is the Yukon Denali and trust me it's going to blow away the Navigator. Escalade is gunning for RR/Bentley level of interiors and beyond. I've talked to someone about this on another site that confirmed it Navigator isn't even being bench-marked at Cadillac too low for them.
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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    Maybe a V-series is on the horizon to solve the power dilemma? I also really like the XT4, a bigger engine offering would help greatly imo.

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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    I agree, it definitely looks a lot better than a number of others. I'm getting used to the stubby rear end look it has and there are others that have the same look so it's becoming no biggie. I look at some of the details in styling and I like the understated approach (at least I think it is). I have not yet been inside one but I think from what I've looked at sitting on the lot that is is good as well.

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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post




    Easily the best looking compact CUV IMO.
    Agreed. The is one of the best looking new Cadillacs in a generation or two.

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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    I don't know man, Did Cadillac ever build spaceships at one point so much so that when its cars do not fly people get disappointed?

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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    I'm going to have to disagree with Jerry Perez here. I'm a fan of the XT4, and think that Cadillac needs more cars like it.

    As many on GMI know, I'm a very picky person when it comes to interiors, particularly about materials and fit and finish of said materials. I think the XT4's material usage is very class appropriate, and I think the overall fit and finish is as well.

    I think the XT4 is the best looking CUV in its segment, especially when it's sitting on the 20" wheels. It's very attractive.

    Where I think the XT4 lags is in the powertrain department. The base 237 HP 2.0T just isn't enough motor for this car IMO. It's fine for a base level XT4, but once we start getting into the $50,000 range, it isn't enough. I didn't like the power delivery when I drove one either, which was mentioned in the review. I think it's by far the weakest link in an otherwise excellent package.

    With all that said, I don't think the XT4 has anything to worry about. It's a solid CUV and is selling well.
    I think Hell just froze over, as I agree with pretty much everything you just said haha!
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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by DequindreToo View Post
    Agreed. The is one of the best looking new Cadillacs in a generation or two.

    The Sport on those twin five spoke 20s looks amazing. It has a chunky hunkered down stance that pretty much blows every car in the segment away. The Volvo XC40 is too overwrought and toy like in is styling. The C pillar and surfacing just cant hold a candle to the XT4.

    Now put 300HP+ in the XT4 Sport and then wed be talking. GM just has the hardest time making any high powered vehicles beyond Camaro/Corvette/V-Series. Hey GM/Cadillac management/Product planners, if you want to get people to the showrooms, Its pretty simple. Put some effing excitement into your bread and butter vehicles. Its not that hard, wtf are you waiting for?

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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    XT4 is a good attempt by Cadillac but if you look at it, Cadillac had to make it almost a Mid Sizer with a bobbed tail to keep it classed as a Compact. To me, this product just distracts from and draws buyers away from the XT5 which would IMO, normally sell at higher levels. IMO, it's another example of Cadillac doing two vehicles when it only really needs one*. Take that a step further, XT4/XT5 and XT6 should have all been variations of XT5
    - XT4 becomes a bobbed version of XT5 (XT5 Sport)
    - XT5 stays as it is now or maybe an inch wider.
    - XT6 becomes a LWB XT5 or XT5 3-row.

    Why is this stuff so hard for Cadillac to understand. They are adding unnecessary differentiation to vehicles in areas that don't matter to SUV buyers.


    (*ATS, ATS-L and CTS could have all been just one vehicle, a wider ATS-L)
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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    I'm going to have to disagree with Jerry Perez here. I'm a fan of the XT4, and think that Cadillac needs more cars like it.

    As many on GMI know, I'm a very picky person when it comes to interiors, particularly about materials and fit and finish of said materials. I think the XT4's material usage is very class appropriate, and I think the overall fit and finish is as well.

    I think the XT4 is the best looking CUV in its segment, especially when it's sitting on the 20" wheels. It's very attractive.

    Where I think the XT4 lags is in the powertrain department. The base 237 HP 2.0T just isn't enough motor for this car IMO. It's fine for a base level XT4, but once we start getting into the $50,000 range, it isn't enough. I didn't like the power delivery when I drove one either, which was mentioned in the review. I think it's by far the weakest link in an otherwise excellent package.

    With all that said, I don't think the XT4 has anything to worry about. It's a solid CUV and is selling well.
    I agree, we have two XT4s and they look great and are fun to drive.
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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    There is a lot to like about XT4 but I just don't see why premium buyers should have to put up with barely adequate power levels, this vehicle deserves the 2.7 I-4 Turbo to give it that effortless low end torque, the smile factor would be worth it.


    MKC/Corsair offers the 2.3 EB and 8AT, so the 2.7 I-4 T would not be out of place in XT4.
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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    She’s a looker. If GM hadn’t gone full on, sport sedan exclusive, fangs through the floor with the Alpha platform and this was Alpha based with a great Powertrain lineup? The Germans would be sweating.

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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post
    XT4 is a good attempt by Cadillac but if you look at it, Cadillac had to make it almost a Mid Sizer with a bobbed tail to keep it classed as a Compact. To me, this product just distracts from and draws buyers away from the XT5 which would IMO, normally sell at higher levels. IMO, it's another example of Cadillac doing two vehicles when it only really needs one*. Take that a step further, XT4/XT5 and XT6 should have all been variations of XT5
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    - XT5 stays as it is now or maybe an inch wider.
    - XT6 becomes a LWB XT5 or XT5 3-row.

    Why is this stuff so hard for Cadillac to understand. They are adding unnecessary differentiation to vehicles in areas that don't matter to SUV buyers.


    (*ATS, ATS-L and CTS could have all been just one vehicle, a wider ATS-L)
    That's complete nonsense. You want three different XT5's? They all look completely different with distinct styling. A marketing genius you are not. But typical post.

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    Re: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport Review: A Good Crossover, But It's No Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post
    I just don't see why premium buyers should have to put up with barely adequate power levels, this vehicle deserves the 2.7 I-4 Turbo to give it that effortless low end torque, the smile factor would be worth it.
    That’s if Cadillac or GM can justify the cost of developing that engine for transverse applications, based on the numbers they think they might sell. Also do they have a transmission that can handle that much torque in a FWD/AWD vehicle?

    I suspect the lack of a suitable transmission is why we don’t have a C1XX based CUV with more than 300 ft/lb of torque, however if they have one, then the XT4 with the 2.7L 4 banger would be a pretty awesome car.

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