Design Battle: XT4 vs. Corsair

In this design battle we will compare two mid-size American SUVs : The Cadillac XT4 and Lincoln Corsair. The rivalry between these two American luxury brands has been going on for decades. The XT4 is new for 2019, while the Corsair is new for 2020. Using in-depth photos from Car and Driver and Lincoln, we can make an accurate decision on which vehicle design looks best. I will decide which vehicle I think looks best, and at the end of the article I will let you decide!

Now let’s start the Design Battle:

In this design battle, each topic I cover will have a rating from 1-10 for each vehicle. Whichever vehicle has the most points wins each topic . At the end of the battle we will add up the points and see who wins overall.


I know this article is called a Design Battle, but specs are important when comparing any cars. Here’s what the Car and Driver team said about both vehicles.

Cadillac XT4

“Under the hood of all XT4s is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 237 horsepower. It pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. The 2019 XT4 Sport we tested sashayed its way to 60 mph in a lackluster 7.8 seconds—1.5 seconds behind the 10Best-award-winning BMW X1. Despite the difference, the XT4 felt spry around town and when merging onto the highway. Ignore Cadillac’s assertion of sportiness with the XT4. It’s more of a boulevard cruiser than a sports car. The ride is okay, so long as the road is relatively smooth. Rough stretches of asphalt translate plenty of vibrations and sharp impacts into the cabin, especially when riding on the optional 20-inch wheels. The steering is similarly disappointing and is neither feelsome nor direct in its action. The XT4’s only decisive controls are its brakes, which hauled our test car down from 70 mph in our emergency-stopping test in 172 feet with one of the firmest brake pedals we’ve encountered.”

Lincoln Corsair:

“The Corsair Standard—that’s a trim level, not a benchmark—starts at a reasonable $36,940 and comes with a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four carried over from the previous MKC; adding all-wheel drive is $2200 on all versions. Stepping up to the $43,625 Reserve model unlocks an optional 280-hp turbo 2.3-liter four ($1140), which only can be had with all-wheel drive. Both engines quietly hum in the background, even at full throttle, and serve up ample low-end torque—310 lb-ft from the 2.3-liter, 275 lb-ft from the 2.0—for drama-free acceleration. Thanks in part to the Corsair weighing a claimed 100 pounds or so less than its MKC predecessor, even the standard engine can deploy adequate if uneventful grunt for passing maneuvers at highway speeds. The 2.3-liter’s EPA combined fuel-economy estimate of 24 mpg represents a solid 4-mpg increase over its MKC counterpart’s. Front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter models receive a 2-mpg bump to 25 mpg. Figures are not yet available for the base engine paired with all-wheel drive, although it is safe to assume they will land in the middle of the 2.3 AWD and 2.0 FWD.”

Based on what Car and Driver said, the Lincoln Corsair has slightly more power and a smoother ride.

Cadillac: 8 Lincoln: 9

Exterior Design:

This is a very tough choice. I like the sharp aggressiveness of the Cadillac, but I also like the smooth, simple elegance of the Lincoln. Although it’s a tough choice, I have to go with the Lincoln on this one. The Lincoln looks like it is more expensive, even though they both start under $40,000. I really like the rear light strip on the Corsair.

Cadillac: 8 Lincoln: 10

FINAL TOPIC: Interior Design:

I believe the Lincoln clearly has the better interior. The Lincoln’s interior is much more luxurious-looking than the Cadillac. The Cadillac’s interior doesn’t look very special.

Cadillac: 7 Lincoln: 9

Final Score: Cadillac: 23 Lincoln: 28

The Lincoln wins this design battle because of its cleaner more-elegant looks. The Cadillac should look a little better for that price, especially the interior. Disagree? Vote below!

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