2018 BMW X1 vs. 2017 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X1 offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKC offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the X1 and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 110 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKC.

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 X1’s reliability 43 points higher than the MKC.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 second among small premium suvs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The MKC isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 9th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 12 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

X1

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

87.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

X1

MKC

 

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/32 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X1, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

The X1’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The MKC doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MKC are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the MKC:

 

X1

MKC

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKC doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

The X1 is 3.8 inches shorter than the MKC, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i is quieter than the MKC AWD (40 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

The X1 has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (101.2 vs. 97.9).

The X1 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X1’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The X1 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKC doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X1 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKC doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The X1’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The MKC’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X1 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

When the X1 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The MKC’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X1 with a number “5” insurance rate while the MKC is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The X1 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X1 will retain 45.09% to 45.24% of its original price after five years, while the MKC only retains 43.48% to 44.66%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the MKC because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X1 than the MKC, including $167 less for a water pump and $565 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The MKC isn’t in the top three in its category.

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