2019 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Sportage and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 91 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT4 has not been tested, yet.


The Sportage 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 Sportage 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.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage second among small 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 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.


The Sportage SX Turbo’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (240 vs. 237) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Suspension and Handling

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


The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 350 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

The Sportage is 4.7 inches shorter than the XT4, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sportage has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear hip room than the XT4.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Sportage has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The Sportage has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).


Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage 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.

The XT4 (except Luxury)’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Sportage SX Turbo’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.


The Kia Sportage has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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