The 2020 Volvo XC60 is a stylish and modern take on the current trends for the luxury compact SUV segment. It takes a lot of the larger XC90 which made it a smaller yet highly satisfying alternative. Its contemporary profile is backed up by premium features that it is nearly impossible for other vehicles to match.

The 2020 Cadillac XT4 is dashing but all other features are a mixed bag. It lacks the refinement of a true luxury SUV but there are also elements that make it interesting. 

Design & Style

The XC60 is a charmer with the signature headlights, tall grille, and rounded body. The calm demeanor outside is complimented with a neat and stylish cabin. The styling direction is elegant overall especially because the materials looks and feel luxurious.

The XT4 is a slimmed down and dressier version of the Escalade. It has the classic crest and wreath badge of the brand on its grille, with headlights that jut upward. The petite dimensions are reinforced by the short overhangs. The cabin initially appears stylish but the redundant controls somehow made the interior look unnecessarily busy.

Technology & Safety

Modern in-car technology is really Volvo's forte and it shows on the XC60. Most of the infotainment equipment is at par with the standards for its segment. While the standard infotainment is sufficient, there is an option to elevate the contemporary features even further with the highly recommended entertainment and driver aids upgrades.

The infotainment system on the XT4 is quick and easy to use but the control knob is both unnecessary and inept. What is more disappointing, however, is the mediocre set of standard safety features. The only way to work around the inefficient driver aids is by having upgrades that are really expensive. This may be fine for regular cars but never on luxury vehicles since most cars in the same segment comes well-equipped even without the costly extras.

Performance

The XC60 is not only well-endowed with advanced technology. It also delivers a robust performance thanks to the potent powertrains that it is equipped with. A supercharged performance is guaranteed whether you choose the 250 hp or the 415 hp engine. This is mostly because of the agreeable steering and handling capabilities that keep the XC60 calm on any road.

The XT4 is supposed to have ample power from its 237-hp engine. On the road, however, it is not quick enough and tends to get winded upon speeding up. The slow-witted transmission gets in the way of making the XT4 feel sporty to drive.

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Volvo XC60 is suited to take the top spot on its segment. This vehicle is efficient and contemporary but with focus on delivering a sprightly performance. The 2020 Cadillac XT4 can be excellent but this is realized only with the many optional extras. It is at the bottom of the pack without the costly upgrades.

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