2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive: Fresh and Fun

Cadillac isn’t known for making particularly small cars, with their flagship being the Escalade — seating 7 adults, and equipped with a 6.2L V8 — but you’ll be pleasantly surprised with their latest offering, and forgive them for being a little late to the compact SUV party. Starting at $34,795, Cadillac’s new XT4 has a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine and all the luxury features you’d expect to find in a Cadillac. SlashGear took it for a spin last week, and here are our first impressions.

A thoroughly modern Cadillac outside

At first glance it’s a good looking car. It’s got great street presence and the design details have been carefully considered for both style and function, while the finishes feel sporty and modern. Robin Krieg, Lead Exterior Designer of the XT4, described the design process as trying to design a baby Escalade, with all the best features from the larger model reimagined for this smaller platform. Krieg likened it to a puppy, with large paws and ears but hints of its future full-grown self.

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