2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac XT4 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XT4 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Allroad has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XT4 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Allroad. But it costs extra on the XT4.

Both the Allroad and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT4’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the XT4’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 21 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

The Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (248 vs. 237) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Allroad is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

 

Allroad

XT4

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

87 MPH

Transmission

The Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XT4 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The XT4 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XT4:

 

Allroad

XT4

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The Allroad stops much shorter than the XT4:

 

Allroad

XT4

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the XT4 (245/45R18 vs. 235/60R18).

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT4’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Allroad’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the XT4 (110.9 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

The Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the XT4 Sport AWD (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity

The Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XT4. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Allroad’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Allroad’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The XT4 Luxury’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XT4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Allroad has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The XT4 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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