The 2020 Cadillac XT4's interior. Photo: GM

Last week I drove to northern Michigan in the 2020 Cadillac XT4, a compact crossover utility.

The big picture: The XT4 is Cadillac's entry-level crossover. It was introduced in 2019, but adds important assisted-driving features as standard equipment for 2020.

Key takeaways: The XT4 is roomier than some other small luxury crossovers like the Mercedes GLA or BMW X1.

  • Its new infotainment system is well-designed, with reasonably easy controls, a characteristic that's often difficult to find in some luxury models.

The knock against the Cadillac XT4 is that the interior isn't fancy enough for a luxury car.

  • The dashboard and upper door panels are covered in a stitched, faux-leather wrap, and there are some plastic bits on the lower doors and center console.
  • I confess I was initially surprised by the Plain Jane dashboard, but the more I drove it, the more I liked its refined simplicity.

The 2020 XT4 adds standard safety features at all price levels, including forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking.

  • Other popular features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control cost extra.

You can buy an XT4 starting at $36,690, or jump up to the Premium or Sport trims, which both begin at $40,790.

  • But shop around. If you prefer being bathed in luxury, the XT4 might not be for you.

What to watch: Today's XT4 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but Cadillac is going all-electric across its lineup in the future.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the XT4 is roomier than some other small luxury crossovers like the Mercedes GLA, not the Mercedes GLE.

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