2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q5 and Lincoln MKX have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q5 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Lincoln MKX’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Lincoln MKX 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 Q5. But it costs extra on the Lincoln MKX.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q5’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Q5 and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Q5

Lincoln MKX

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

71

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

118 G’s

Hip Force

279 lbs.

281 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

18 inches

HIC

219

297

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

53 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Lincoln MKX’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Lincoln MKX’s 3.7 DOHC V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 Q5’s reliability 35 points higher than the Lincoln MKX.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 13 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Q5 is faster than the Lincoln MKX twin turbo V6:

 

Q5

MKX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.5 sec

18.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Lincoln MKX AWD with its standard engine (22 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Q5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Audi Q5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Lincoln MKX.

The Q5 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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Q5’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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:

 

Q5

MKX

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops much shorter than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Q5

Lincoln MKX

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Lincoln MKX (8.2 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Q5 is 6.4 inches shorter than the Lincoln MKX, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 1.8 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Lincoln MKX.

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Lincoln MKX’s (4400 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Lincoln MKX. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 11% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

The Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Q5 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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Q5’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 Lincoln MKX’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 Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

When the Q5 with available tilt-down mirrors 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 Lincoln MKX’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Lincoln MKX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Q5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q5 will retain 52.7% to 53.4% of its original price after five years, while the Lincoln MKX only retains 41.53% to 42.39%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Lincoln MKX because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Lincoln MKX, including $210 less for a timing belt/chain and $509 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Lincoln MKX by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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