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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT4 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Audi Allroad has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the XT4 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Allroad doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT4 Premium/Sport offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Allroad doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
Both the XT4 and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT4 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT4’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT4’s fuel efficiency. The Allroad doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The XT4 AWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Allroad (16.3 vs. 15.3 gallons).
The XT4 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.
The XT4 stops shorter than the Allroad:
60 to 0 MPH
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT4 Premium/Sport offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The XT4 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Allroad doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT4 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.
The XT4 Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the Allroad Prestige pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
For greater off-road capability the XT4 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (6.8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the XT4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The XT4 is 5.9 inches shorter than the Allroad, making the XT4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The XT4 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The XT4 has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (101 vs. 92).
The XT4 has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.
The XT4 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The XT4 Premium/Sport’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Allroad doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
On a hot day the XT4’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XT4 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
When the XT4 Premium/Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Allroad’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The XT4 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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