The 2022 Cadillac XT4 is Cadillac’s smallest SUV and is a competent alternative to other entry-level luxury SUVs from Europe.
The 2022 Cadillac XT4 is a carryover from 2021, except for three new available colors. The XT4 features stylish looks and upscale styling that separate it from some of the cheaper entries from its European competition. The SUV has plenty of functionality, modern tech, passenger space, and cargo space. Unfortunately, the XT4 remains held back from being top of the class by its underwhelming powertrain.
Performance, Handling, and Fuel Economy
The Cadillac XT4 is powered by a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 235-horsepower and 258lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission and to all four wheels in our AWD XT4 tester.
While 235-horsepower usually is nothing to sneeze at, the engine feels programmed purely for max fuel economy, even when pushed in Sport mode. The XT4 does a reasonable job of merging onto the highway and has enough passing power but is overshadowed by the Europeans, who do much more with less in the powertrain department.
The XT4’s ride is comfortable, even on our tester’s optional 20-inch wheels. Noise levels are higher than I’d expect of a luxury SUV, though not enough to be an issue.
The EPA rates the 2022 Cadillac XT4 AWD at 22mpg city, 29mpg highway, and 24mpg combined. We bested the EPAs combined number seeing a very respectable 27mpg.
Interior Comfort and Technology
The XT4’s cabin is open and airy, with function buttons in well-thought-out places. However, the dashboard design feels dated and isn’t as premium as the Cadillac name commands. There is plenty of faux-leather and cheap plastics abound. The dashboard design and large surface area of the dashboard panels make the cheap materials more pronounced.
The XT4’s leather seats are comfortable, front and rear, though the rear seats might feel cramped for taller individuals. Cargo capacity is good with the rear seats up at 22.5 cubic feet and the fold-down rear seats more than double the space when flat at 48.9 cubic feet.
The XT4 comes standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen powered by Caddilac CUE. The touchscreen is sharp and easy to use via touch controls or the knob located on the center console. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system are all available to keep driver and passenger entertained while on the road. In addition, the available Technology package adds a digital gauge cluster, HUD, and wireless phone charging.
Safety features include standard forward-collision warning and emergency braking, available blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and available adaptive cruise control. The NHTSA gives the Cadillac XT4 5 out of 5 stars for overall safety.
The Caddilac XT4 warranty is better than most of its competition, with a limited Bumper-to-Bumper warranty covering four years or 50,000 miles and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The 2022 Cadillac XT4 is an entry-level luxury SUV that’s worth looking at, even though it is outclassed in some areas by many of its competitors. It’s an attractive, comfortable, and unique offering in a sea of sameness. The current XT4 is getting long in the tooth in some areas though, and it shows with a lackluster powertrain and a not-quite premium interior.
The value proposition is there though, with the XT4 starting at just $36,990 for the Luxury FWD model and topping out at just under $55,000 with the AWD Premium Luxury trim with every option selected.