2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 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

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 X2’s reliability 18 points higher than the MKC.

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

The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (302 vs. 285) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 305) than the MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Lincoln MKC:

 

X2

MKC 2.0

MKC 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.9 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

87.4 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

X2

MKC

 

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (228 HP)/Auto

23 city/32 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (302 HP)/Auto

23 city/29 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (228 HP)/Auto

21 city/31 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’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 X2’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.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKC (5). This means the X2 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 X2, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

The X2’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 X2’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 X2 stops much shorter than the MKC:

 

X2

MKC

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X2 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 X2 xDrive28i 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 X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.2 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

The X2 is 7 inches shorter than the MKC, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the MKC AWD:

 

X2

MKC

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The X2 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 X2’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.

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKC’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the X2 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

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