2018 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2018 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKZ 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 Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The rear seatbelts optional on the MKZ Select/Reserve inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The XE doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the MKZ and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors, rear cross-path warning 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 MKZ the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 136 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKZ 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the XE. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XE ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 5 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MKZ’s warranty.

Reliability

The MKZ 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 XE doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

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 MKZ’s reliability 24 points higher than the XE.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

Engine

The MKZ has more powerful engines than the XE:

 

Horsepower

Torque

MKZ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKZ 3.0 turbo V6

350 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

MKZ 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XE 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XE S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKZ turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

MKZ

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the MKZ Hybrid gets better city fuel mileage than the XE 20d RWD (41 city vs. 32 city).

The MKZ FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (16.5 vs. 14.8 gallons). The MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE 25t/35t’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 16.6 gallons).

The MKZ 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 XE doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lincoln MKZ higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Jaguar XE (1 to 7). This means the MKZ produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XE every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The MKZ Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The XE doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The MKZ stops much shorter than the XE:

 

MKZ

XE

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the MKZ has larger tires than the XE (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The MKZ’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/45R18 vs. 235/35R20).

The MKZ’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XE’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKZ has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the XE.

Suspension and Handling

The MKZ Premiere AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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

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

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the MKZ is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the XE is rated a Compact.

The MKZ has 5.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (96.6 vs. 91).

The MKZ has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The MKZ has a larger trunk than the XE (15.4 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The MKZ has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The XE has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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

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

The MKZ Reserve/Select has a 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 XE doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln MKZ will be $192 to $8013 less than for the Jaguar XE.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln MKZ, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar XE isn't recommended.

The Lincoln MKZ outsold the Jaguar XE by almost three to one during the 2017 model year.

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