2024 Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD Review: Big Tech Boost

Lee Bailie
by Lee Bailie
From the A-pillar forward the XT4's design is all-new

2024 Cadillac XT4 Quick Take

Styling and content updates the XT4 received should make it more appealing in a crowded premium subcompact SUV segment.


While it doesn’t possess much performance, isn’t the cheapest, and doesn’t offer any electrification (or even GM’s impressive Super Cruise), the XT4’s tech and luxury updates deliver sophistication that should help level the playing field with its rivals. The 33-inch LED 9K display is a key asset in that regard.

While it wasn’t the bestselling Caddy in the U.S. in 2023 – that honor went to the full-size Escalade SUV – the XT4 subcompact SUV crossover got some shine of its own when it received a mid-cycle update, its first major change since it went on sale in 2018.


The update, which began rolling out last fall on 2024 models, covers a slew of changes, inside and out. AutoGuide recently spent a week driving a top-level Sport AWD trim, which included a road trip from Toronto to Detroit and back, to get a closer look at the changes.

The rear of the Cadillac XT4 is a familiar sight

What's New for 2024


On the outside, everything from the A-pillar forward on the 2024 XT4 is new, meaning a new hood, grilles, and LED headlights. The grilles are grade-specific, with Luxury and Premium Luxury trims receiving bright accent grille, while Sport models get a high-gloss black mesh grille. Lower front air intakes also differ with Luxury and Premium trims receiving a different black design, than Sport, which has a mesh pattern like its grille design.


Other exterior changes include new alloy wheels and color options, along with grade-specific trim accents (roof rails, window trims, and the like): chrome finishes for Luxury and Premium Luxury, and black for Sport. Wheel sizes are standardized at 18 inches for all grades, with optional 20-inch sets available. Eight exterior colors are available, including Emerald Lake Metallic, a new shade.

The XT4's powertrain is unchanged for 2024

Powertrain

Under the hood, the XT4 is unchanged. The powertrain combination offered before 2024 remains the same. This means the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine still puts out 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque and is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.


In the U.S., front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on all models. For Canada, the XT4 comes with standard all-wheel drive on Premium Luxury and Sport, while Luxury is either front or all-wheel drive. Three driving modes – tour, sport, and snow/ice – are standard on all trims, and Sport comes with an Active Sport Suspension.

The XT4's interior has been totally revamped

Fresh Cabin

Inside the cabin, significant changes have taken place, with Cadillac designers swapping out much of the prior XT4’s content in favor of a more premium offering. I’ll get to the 33-inch 9K resolution screen further down, as it is the star attraction here, but other interior changes are also worth noting.


In addition to new color options, the XT4 has new trim accents, including those made from brushed aluminum. The décor patterns and materials vary based on grade. Luxury models come with piano black trim with laser etching. Genuine wood or aluminum trim, depending on color, is standard with Premium Luxury, while Sport receives carbon fiber or wood (color-dependent) accents.


As for color schemes, there are three for Luxury, five for Premium luxury, and four for Sport. Synthetic Interluxe is standard on Luxury, but Oxford Stone leather is available. Leather and Perforated leather are the choices for Premium Luxury and Sport, with Jet Black and Santorini Blue accents available depending on color.

The 33-inch LED digital display is the interior's centerpiece

Boosted Technology


The cabin showstopper in the 2024 XT4 is a new 33-inch LED digital display with 9K resolution screen that replaces the eight-inch unit used in the outgoing model.


This curved screen is two displays housed in one panel, featuring a configurable instrument cluster and a multimedia touchscreen that has embedded navigation, stereo, and other functions, such as vehicle diagnostics.


The multimedia display is powered by Google which brings features like Google Maps, Assistant, and Play Store. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto tethering are also included but are displayed in a windowed mode, unlike the native map display which fills the entire screen. The system is also compatible with Amazon Alexa. Cadillac calls the display the Virtual Cockpit System–just ike the one used in the Lyriq EV.


Like other Cadillacs, the XT4 is also available with an AKG Studio audio system which, in this case, includes 14 speakers and metal speaker grilles. This system is optional for all grades, while a 7-speaker stereo is standard.

As for advanced safety, the Cadillac Smart System is standard on all XT4s and includes the following: Blind Zone Steering Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Braking, Front Pedestrian and Bicyclist Braking, Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam automatic high beams, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Second Row Seat Belt Indicator.


Cadillac also offers the Active Safety Package, which includes items such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Reverse Automatic Braking, and Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking, for Premium Luxury and Sport grades.

There are several interior themes to choose from

Driveability


Despite spending a week driving a Sport AWD tester, the XT4 doesn’t feel especially sporty. Thanks to peak torque beginning at 1,500 rpm, the 2.0-liter turbo offers good initial response from rest and decent thrust for darting around town at lower speeds but is much less engaging higher up in the rev range.


Peak horsepower, which is just 235, doesn’t come in until 5,000 rpm, a level that most XT4 owners are likely to hit. Instead, they’re more likely to spend time in the mushy middle, where the nine-speed automatic sometimes goes gear hunting until the driver, as we did, stabs the throttle to get the desired upshift. This makes for a choppy driving experience, which we didn’t always enjoy.


Highway driving, such as during our 526-mile (846 km) trek from Toronto to Detroit and back, was more satisfying, however. With the powertrain settled at a lower rpm, our XT4 cruises comfortably and delivers a mostly quiet ride.

Despite performance being a mixed bag, the XT4’s style and content changes get high marks. The exterior changes are subtle, but modernize the car’s looks, and the cabin changes, led by the 33-inch LED display, are a home run.

The XT4 is a gateway product for the Cadillac brand

2024 Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD: The Verdict


The screen is simply gorgeous but is also quite intuitive and feature-rich. We’re happy to see the inclusion of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the windowed display lessens their impact when compared to the screen-filling gorgeousness of the native Google software.


We also like the expanded color palette and trim enhancements that align with each grade. This is not only good for customers wishing for more choice, but it also provides clear content delineation for each grade.


Despite its small size, the XT4 is also spacious and offers good utility with 48.9 cu-ft. (1,385 liters) of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded down, and a 3,500-pound (1,588 kg) tow rating when equipped with the towing package.


In sum, the styling and content updates the XT4 has received should make it more appealing in a crowded premium subcompact SUV segment.


While it doesn’t possess much performance, isn’t the cheapest, and doesn’t offer any electrification (or even GM’s impressive Super Cruise), the XT4’s tech and luxury updates deliver sophistication that should help level the playing field with its rivals. The 33-inch LED 9K display is a key asset in that regard.


The XT4 isn’t the most important model in the Cadillac lineup, but it’s a vital gateway to the brand, so it needs to be compelling. With these updates, it has achieved that objective.


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Pros

Cons

Handsome styling update

Average performance

Gorgeous 33-inch LED 9K display

Super Cruise is not available

High utility factor

No electrification

2024 Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD FAQs

  • Q: How much horsepower does the 2024 Cadillac XT4 have?
  • A: The small Cadillac CUV offers 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque
  • Q: How much does the 2024 Cadillac XT4 cost
  • A: The XT4 starts at $45,690 in the United States and $48,899 in Canada
  • Q: Does the XT4 have good technology?
  • A: The 33-inch LED digital display with 9K resolution screen is powered by Google

Engine:

2.0-liter Turbo I4

Output:

235 hp; 258 lb-ft.

Transmission:

9AT, AWD

Fuel Economy (MPG):

23/28 (city/hwy)

Fuel Economy (L/100 KM):

10.4/8.4 (city/hwy)

Starting Price (USD):

$45,690

Starting Price (CAD):

$48,899

As Tested Price (USD):

$57,215 (inc. dest.)

As Tested Price (CAD):

$63,984 (inc. dest.)

Lee Bailie
Lee Bailie

With more than 20 years of industry experience, which includes automotive retail, motorsports PR, and writing and editing for various automotive publications, Lee is an AutoGuide freelancer, and car guy to the core. For nearly a decade and a half, he has married his two consuming passions together – journalism and the automotive industry. Whether it’s providing coverage on debuts from an auto show floor, writing road test reviews, or previewing a new model coming soon, Lee is eager to share his passion for the automotive industry with his readers. He is a long-standing member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and won a feature writing award in 2018.

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