2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Sportage’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 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Cadillac XT4:

Sportage

XT4

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sportage’s reliability 39 points higher than the XT4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XT4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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.

Engine

The Sportage SX Turbo FWD’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder 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.

As tested in Car and Driver the Sportage SX Turbo is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

Sportage

XT4

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.9 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.5 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

87 MPH

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.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sportage stops shorter than the XT4:

Sportage

XT4

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the XT4 Sport AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT4 Sport AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

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

Chassis

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 volume 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 volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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.

Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the XT4’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac XT4 isn't recommended.

The Kia Sportage outsold the Cadillac XT4 by almost 11 to one during 2018.

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