2018 Lincoln MKC vs. 2018 BMW X4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKC are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The MKC Reserve’s optional 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 X4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the MKC and the X4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKC 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MKC’s warranty.


The MKC has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The X4 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.


The MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (245 vs. 240) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 260) than the X4 xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln MKC uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The X4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The MKC has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the MKC’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the X4:




Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12.9 inches

The MKC stops much shorter than the X4:





70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

128 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the MKC AWD’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X4 (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R19).

Suspension and Handling

The MKC’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the MKC’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the X4’s (38 feet vs. 39 feet).


The Lincoln MKC may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the BMW X4.

The MKC is 5.1 inches shorter than the X4 xDrive28i, making the MKC easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the MKC uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The MKC uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The MKC has 2.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X4 (97.9 vs. 95.6).

The MKC has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the X4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the MKC’s rear seats recline. The X4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The MKC has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X4 with its rear seat up (25.2 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The MKC has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X4 with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 49.4 cubic feet).


The MKC has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The MKC’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The MKC’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The X4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKC’s exterior PIN entry system. The X4 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its BMW Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the MKC has a standard rear wiper. The X4 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the MKC has standard extendable sun visors. The X4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the MKC Reserve keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The MKC has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the X4.

The MKC (except Premiere) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The MKC is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X4 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the MKC owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the MKC will cost $520 to $2680 less than the X4 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln MKC will be $9191 to $11073 less than for the BMW X4.


The Lincoln MKC outsold the BMW X4 by almost six to one during the 2017 model year.

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