2020 Kia Soul vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Soul S/EX/GT-Line’s 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 Soul 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.


The Soul 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 Soul 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’ 2019 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 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 23 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.


As tested in Motor Trend the Soul GT-Line Turbo is faster than the Cadillac XT4 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

89.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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





2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy


EX 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

GT Turbo 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy




2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy



2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

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


The Soul offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The XT4 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Soul offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The XT4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

The Soul offers an available 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The Soul stops much shorter than the XT4:



70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Soul X-Line 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 Soul GT-Line Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT4 Sport AWD (26.8 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

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


The Kia Soul may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

The Soul is 1 foot, 3.9 inches shorter than the XT4, making the Soul easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Soul has .7 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 3 inches more rear hip room than the XT4.

Cargo Capacity

The Soul has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The Soul has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (62.1 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).


The Kia Soul outsold the Cadillac XT4 by over 13 to one during 2018.

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