2018 Porsche Macan vs. 2018 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln MKC doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Macan offers optional Porsche Active Safe, 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.

The Macan has a standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKC doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the MKC.

The Macan offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKC only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Macan and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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

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 Macan’s reliability 39 points higher than the MKC.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Macan first among compact premium SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The MKC isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 9th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 9 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

The Macan has more powerful engines than the MKC:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Macan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

Macan S 3.0 turbo V6

340 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

Macan GTS 3.0 turbo V6

360 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 3.6 turbo V6

400 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 3.6 turbo V6

440 HP

442 lbs.-ft.

MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche Macan is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Macan S

Macan GTS

MKC

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

1.4 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

4.4 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.7 sec

7.4 sec

11.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.4 sec

11.7 sec

18.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

5.4 sec

7.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.1 sec

3.1 sec

3.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.9 sec

3.9 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

13 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

105 MPH

92 MPH

Top Speed

156 MPH

n/a

130 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Macan Turbo is faster than the Lincoln MKC:

 

Macan

MKC 2.0

MKC 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

7.6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

15.9 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.2 MPH

87.4 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Macan with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the MKC AWD with its standard engine (20 city/25 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

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

Regardless of its engine, the Macan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lincoln only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the MKC 2.0 Turbo.

The Macan has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (19.8 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Porsche Macan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The MKC doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional 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

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

 

Macan

Macan S

Macan GTS

Macan Turbo

Macan opt.

MKC

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.8 inches

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

15.6 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

13 inches

14 inches

14.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Macan’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 Macan offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The MKC doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Macan stops much shorter than the MKC:

 

Macan

MKC

 

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKC (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 255/40R20).

The Macan’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKC AWD’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The MKC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The MKC doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Macan’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the MKC (110.5 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Macan is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the MKC.

The Macan S handles at .91 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Macan Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (25 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Macan S is quieter than the MKC AWD (67 vs. 69 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The Macan’s cargo area is larger than the MKC’s in almost every dimension:

 

Macan

MKC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

39”/68.5”

34.4”/67”

Max Width

46.7”

47.6”

Min Width

41”

40.3”

Height

29”

32”

Towing

The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKC’s (4409 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKC. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 14% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKC, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The MKC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Macan 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 Macan’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 standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Macan to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The MKC doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Macan has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

When the Macan 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

The Macan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Macan will retain 47.42% to 60.51% 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 Macan is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the Macan than the MKC, including $378 less for a water pump and $663 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its January 2015 issue and they ranked the Porsche Macan S first. They ranked the Lincoln MKC AWD third.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Macan first among compact 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.

The Macan was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The MKC has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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