2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 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 MKX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Q7’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 Q7 and Lincoln MKX have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q7 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 Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q7 offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q7. But it costs extra on the Lincoln MKX.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q7’s standard Hill Descent Assist allows you to creep down safely. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer Hill Descent Assist.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q7 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q7 is safer than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Q7

Lincoln MKX

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

HIC

290

297

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

585 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Lincoln MKX’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 Q7’s reliability 29 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

The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 26 more horsepower (329 vs. 303) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 278) than the Lincoln MKX’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q7 55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Lincoln MKX twin turbo V6:

 

Q7

MKX

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

11.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.5 sec

18.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q7 gets better fuel mileage than the Lincoln MKX:

 

 

Q7

Lincoln MKX

 

2WD

 

n/a

17 city/25 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

3.5 turbo V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

19 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

 

3.0 S.C. V6/8-spd. Auto

19 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.5 turbo V6/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q7’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.

The Q7 has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (22.5 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is available on the Audi Q7, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Lincoln MKX.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:

 

Q7

MKX

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.6 inches

The Q7’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 Q7 stops much shorter than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Q7

Lincoln MKX

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the Lincoln MKX (255/55R19 vs. 245/60R18). The Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Lincoln MKX (285/45R20 vs. 265/40R21).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 5.7 inches longer than on the Lincoln MKX (117.9 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q7 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Lincoln MKX.

The Q7’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the Lincoln MKX’s (58.3% to 41.7%). This gives the Q7 more stable handling and braking.

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Q7 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Lincoln MKX (8.3 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Q7 w/Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the Lincoln MKX (9.7 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Q7 Prestige is quieter than the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD (70 vs. 72 dB).

Passenger Space

The Q7 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Lincoln MKX can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

The Q7’s cargo area provides more volume than the Lincoln MKX.

 

Q7

MKX

Third Seat Folded

37.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

37.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

71.6 cubic feet

68.8 cubic feet

Towing

The Q7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Lincoln MKX’s (4400 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln MKX is only 3500 pounds. The Q7 offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q7 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

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Lincoln MKX, the Q7 Prestige offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Q7 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 Q7 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 Q7’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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q7 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Q7 has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the Q7 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 Q7 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q7 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Lincoln MKX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Q7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q7 will retain 4.96% to 83.4% 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 Q7 is less expensive to operate than the Lincoln MKX because typical repairs cost much less on the Q7 than the Lincoln MKX, including $108 less for a water pump and $418 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Q7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Lincoln MKX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Lincoln MKX by 38% during the 2018 model year.

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