Compact crossover SUVs are everywhere. From entry-level to high-end luxury there is a compact crossover being built for just about everyone. The compact SUV combines sedan-like handling and performance with utility vehicle practicality. Fuel economy is often on par with smaller hatchbacks or less versatile station wagons.
The 2020 Cadillac CT4 is on the luxury side of today’s compact crossover landscape. Designed to appeal to younger consumers, both in age or spirit, the CT4 features innovative design inside and out. Cadillac’s “user experience” infotainment intuitively grows and adapts with the user. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call it “smart infotainment” as it leverages cloud-based connectivity to continually update systems with the latest technology. The standard 8-inch touchscreen system includes 4 USB ports, BOSE seven-speaker audio, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Upgraded audio and a wireless charging station are available as options on select models.
One engine sits under the hood of every trim, regardless of the modifier in the name. All Sport, Luxury and Premium Luxury models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline4 that produces 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A smooth, quick-shifting nine-speed automatic is standard. Front wheel drive models are rated at 24/30 city/highway mpg and all-wheel-drive, which is available as an option, yield 22/29 city/highway mpg.
What defines the trim levels is appointments and design elements. XT4 Sport models feature a gloss black mesh V-Series inspired grille, gloss black window moldings and unique alloy wheel choices. Luxury and Premium Luxury models feature extensive brightwork, including grilles with metallic accents, satin aluminum window moldings and satin chrome-accented door handles.
Our review vehicle was the front-wheel-drive XT4 Sport model with front-wheel-drive. The review period fell during a busy time of the year and the XT4 worked hard to transport materials, chauffeur friends and run numerous errands. The fuel efficiency was appreciated as we racked up more than 500 miles on the odometer. While the engine and transmission combination fall short of the “sport” nomenclature, they do work exceptionally well as a spirited daily driver. The XT4’s steering is precise. The suspension is comfortable and braking confident.
New for 2020, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking and forward collision alert and safety alert seat are now standard on all models. Additional standard active safety features include rear park assist and an HD rear vision camera. Optional safety feature highlights include Lange change alert with blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear pedestrian alert and more.
The 2020 Cadillac CT4 has a starting price of $36,690 including destination.