2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

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 MKC doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q5 and MKC 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 MKC’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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Pre Sense City in the Q5 as “Superior.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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 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 Q5. But it costs extra on the MKC.

The Q5 Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System 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 Q5 and the MKC 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 and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

 

Q5

MKC

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

36%

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

50 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

80/49 lbs.

175/258 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

187

377

Neck Injury Risk

34%

47%

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

90/55 lbs.

667/277 lbs.

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

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, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

 

Q5

MKC

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

102 G’s

Hip Force

279 lbs.

404 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

185

338

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

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

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the MKC’s engines use 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 40 points higher than the MKC.

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

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (248 vs. 245) than the MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Q5 is faster than the Lincoln MKC:

 

Q5

MKC 2.0

MKC 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.9 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

87.4 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the MKC AWD with its standard engine (22 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

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

The Q5 has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (18.5 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 MKC.

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 MKC 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 MKC doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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 MKC are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops shorter than the MKC:

 

Q5

MKC

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the MKC (111 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the MKC.

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKC AWD (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 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 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 MKC 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 MKC 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 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 Q5 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.

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 MKC’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 MKC 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 MKC only retains 45.06% to 45.58%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the MKC, including $200 less for a timing belt/chain and $756 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Lincoln MKC by almost three to one during the 2018 model year.

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