With the exception of the first-generation Cadillac SRX — which was really more of a station wagon than an SUV — the smallest Cadillac SUV has been the second-generation SRX, which is now known as the XT5. But for 2019, the XT4 is the new small fry.
Similar to the XT5, the XT4 straddles a couple of size classes. The XT5 is between compact and mid-size; the XT4 is sort of at the high end of subcompact luxury SUVs and into the compact size. And in its base trim level, which is simply called Luxury, it’s priced on the bottom end, closer to subcompacts, at just under $36,000 with a destination charge. The two higher trim levels — the ones that are going to be more popular — are the Premium Luxury and the Sport.
A few things distinguish the Sport trim level from the outside, starting with a blacked-out grille, whereas the Premium Luxury has chrome facets on the front. The Sport’s door handles also are strictly body-colored, where the Premium has an additional trim inlay, and the taillights are white on the Sport as opposed to red.
There are not that many mechanical differences, but one of them is best understood when you’re on the road. There’s actually only one potential mechanical difference between the two trim levels: The Sport is eligible for the active sport suspension option, which is $1,200. I like this type of feature, but I have to say: Even if you have the regular suspension, it’s quite nicely done — very well-controlled, comfortable, not overly firm to no great effect like some SUVs are. It’s a nice balance of controlled medium-firm, comfortable even with the 20-inch wheels that can come with the Sport and Premium Luxury. Even if you don’t get the active sport suspension, it’s one of the higher points of the XT4.
For my full impressions of the 2019 Cadillac XT4, watch the video review above.
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