Athletic. Powerful. Luxurious.Unmistakable. These are all words that have been used to describe the 2020 Cadillac XT4. Combining all of the premium features that have become standard with the Cadillac name with the innate power of a turbocharged engine, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and twin-clutch all-wheel drive, the XT4 has been designed to be an elite athlete. The XT4 is offered in three trim packages for the new model year: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. Each package illuminates the Cadillac brand with ideal engineering, solid driving capability, and a level of luxury only Cadillac drivers have come to expect. Introduced in 2019, the XT4 generation has become synonymous with a powerful experience in a small package. The size is misleading, as the seating is roomy and impressive, allowing five adults to enjoy the ride. New standard safety features make the vehicle all the more enticing, adding a level of comfort to the art of transportation.
The Engine That Can and Will
The heart of the 2020 Cadillac XT4 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. Drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This compact SUV enjoys a 0-60 mph time of around seven seconds, giving drivers a clean running start to accelerate with power and precision.
The front-wheel-drive options offer a tantalizing 24 miles per gallon city fuel economy, and 30 miles per gallon highway, for a 26 mile per gallon combined, perfect for trips of any distance. The all-wheel-drive options compromise only a bit of that fuel economy, with 22 miles per gallon city and 29 miles per gallon highway, for a combined fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon.
The all-wheel-drive option is unique in the 2020 Cadillac XT4, with the option to manually activate this control. The intelligent design allows power to be aligned in the areas that need it most- both front and back and side to side, allowing the vehicle to take on all types of terrain and weather conditions with confidence. Three settings are available; Touring, which provides front wheel drive only, AWD, which engages the on demand all-wheel-drive settings, and Sport/Full time AWD, which changes in transmission shift points, steering reactivity, and driving torque to enhance driving in a variety of otherwise unenjoyable situations.
A Trim for Every Driver
As mentioned, the 2020 Cadillac XT4 is available in three trim packages. The Luxury package is considered the base model, yet it can hardly be considered basic. From its alloy wheels to its leather-like upholstery, the Luxury package has features that satisfy every luxury car drivers’ needs. The considerable infotainment package includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, as well as connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 8-inch touch screen displays all of the details a driver might need at their fingertips. Wireless charging is a standalone option on all trim packages, and offers a charging pad conveniently located under the under-armrest bin. Two USB ports are included, with a standard USB-A and a USB-C to accommodate a variety of technology and devices. Drivers and passengers alike will also enjoy the benefits of satellite radio on a well-tuned premium sound system.
The next level, the Premium Luxury trim package, adds a variety of extra features for those who need a little more car for the miles. A hands-free liftgate makes loading cargo, from weekly groceries to more strenuous hauls, as easy as possible. Driver seat memory functions make sharing a vehicle more amenable, as each driver can program their preferences to avoid uncomfortable and unsafe seat shifting. Blind spot monitoring comes standard on this trim package, alerting drivers to vehicles that appear suddenly in the one spot that isn’t as easy to check. The rear cross traffic alert works in conjunction with the rear camera when in reverse to provide a visual and audible alarm when traffic is approaching the rear of the vehicle. Both lane change and blind spot monitoring feature not only an audible alert, but a motion-activated seat alert, as well.
At this trim level, leather seating and elite interior features are available, such as wood or aluminum. The door hands are illuminated, and the cabin is flooded with on demand ambient lighting.
The XT4 Sport trim package is designed to be more athletic, with a specially-designed steering wheel and pedals, LED cornering lamps, and body-color door handles. Choose from wood or carbon-fiber accents within the cabin for a luxurious-yet-active feel. The optional Active Sport Suspension system on this trim package can make up to 500 dampening adjustments per second, all through constant monitoring of the road and conditions through its capable engineering.
Optional Packages Customize the Experience
The Driver Assist package is optional on both the Premium Luxury and Sport trims. This package enhances the safety features that come standard on the 2020 Cadillac XT4, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking system. While these standard features are intended to provide driver and passenger safety at lower speeds, the Driver Assist package includes reverse automatic braking and adaptive cruise control. The Driver Awareness package is also available for Premium Luxury and Sport trims, and includes lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams, which can assist drivers with maintaining courtesy to oncoming traffic on dark roads. The Enhanced Visibility package allows drivers to upgrade the rear vision camera to provide a 360-degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings and includes a rear pedestrian warning to alert drivers to smaller objects that might pass behind the vehicle while in reverse.
The 2020 Cadillac XT4 also offers a variety of technology-oriented packages for those who have specific driving needs. The Cold Weather package includes front and rear heated seats and a heated steering wheel, perfect for those who have long commutes in frigid climates. Options such as twenty-inch wheels, a sunroof, and a supreme Bose audio system are options many drivers might choose to enhance the luxury driving experience in any condition. A trailering package can also be added on to move more cargo more places.
For the new model year, Cadillac has put together a package that is pleasing in every way. From its smooth yet bold and athletic exterior, to an interior designed with passengers in mind, the footprint and cabin of the Cadillac have been carefully considered to provide the luxury ride that has become synonymous with the brand. Inside the spacious interior, drivers have the option of choosing an opulent interior that reflects their driving style. From the economically elite options of the Luxury package, to the wood, aluminum, and carbon options found in the Premier Luxury and Sports packages, the interior of the 2020 Cadillac XT4 is designed to simultaneously impress and soothe passengers with a cozy type of richness. Choose technology that widens horizons and expands communication, or safety features that protect passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers who share these roads. As a true luxury brand, Cadillac allows drivers to customize their experience, with a variety of options and packages that can elevate the driving experience from a regular daily commute to a daily experience in automobile superiority.