2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT4’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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

The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (302 vs. 237) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 258) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

 

X2

XT4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.9 sec

13.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.5 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the XT4:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 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 X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT4 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The X2’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 X2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XT4:

 

X2

XT4

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The X2 stops much shorter than the XT4:

 

X2

XT4

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X2’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 available on the X2 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 X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the XT4 Sport AWD pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the XT4 Sport AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the XT4’s (37.2 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (7.2 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The X2 is 8.9 inches shorter than the XT4, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the XT4 Sport AWD:

 

X2

XT4

At idle

37 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The XT4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The X2 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (50.1 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XT4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The X2’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 X2’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

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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