2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X1’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The XT4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X1 and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 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 X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT4’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XT4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 20 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X1 is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

 

X1

XT4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the XT4:

 

 

 

MPG

X1

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

XT4

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT4 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The X1’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 X1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XT4:

 

X1

XT4

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The X1 stops shorter than the XT4:

 

X1

XT4

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT4’s standard 60 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XT4 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the XT4 Sport AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT4 Sport AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XT4’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (7.2 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The X1 is 5.7 inches shorter than the XT4, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The X1 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The XT4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The X1’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 X1’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.

Recommendations

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The XT4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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