2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

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Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 4 points, IIHS rates the City Collision Mitigation optional in the X1 as “Advanced.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Both the X1 and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

 

X1

MKC

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

187

377

Neck Injury Risk

31%

47%

Neck Compression

68 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

309/268 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 BMW X1 is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

 

X1

MKC

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

193

338

Hip Force

637 lbs.

778 lbs.

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 with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 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 X1’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKC.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 12 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

X1

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

87.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

 

MPG

X1

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

MKC

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

 

 

2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKC (5). This means the X1 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKC every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X1, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

The X1’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 X1’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 X1 stops shorter than the MKC:

 

X1

MKC

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKC doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

The X1 is 3.8 inches shorter than the MKC, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i is quieter than the MKC AWD (40 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

The X1 has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (101.2 vs. 97.9).

The X1 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

The X1’s cargo area is larger than the MKC’s in almost every dimension:

 

X1

MKC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

35.1”/69”

34.4”/67”

Max Width

51.5”

47.6”

Min Width

39.5”

40.3”

Height

33”

32”

Ergonomics

The X1 offers an optional 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 MKC doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X1 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 X1’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.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the X1 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 X1 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X1 with a number “3” insurance rate while the MKC is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The X1 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X1 will retain 48.72% to 48.91% 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 X1 is less expensive to operate than the MKC because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the MKC, including $67 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small 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 in its category.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The MKC has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The BMW X1 outsold the Lincoln MKC by 24% during the 2018 model year.

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