2019 Kia Niro vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Niro and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Niro comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The XT4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Cadillac covers the XT4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XT4 ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia third in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 27th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Niro

XT4

 

FWD

FE

52 city/49 hwy

24 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl. Turbo/Auto

 

LX/EX

51 city/46 hwy

n/a

 

 

Touring

46 city/40 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

 

n/a

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl. Turbo/Auto

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Niro uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XT4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Niro 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.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Niro’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the XT4’s (34.8 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Kia Niro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

The Niro is 9.6 inches shorter than the XT4, making the Niro easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Niro has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT4.

Cargo Capacity

The Niro has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (54.5 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Niro (except FE/LX/S Touring) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Niro, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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