2019 BMW X5 vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X5’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.

The X5 has standard Active Protection, 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 X5. But it costs extra on the Lincoln MKX.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X5’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 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 X5 and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The X5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Lincoln MKX’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 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 MKX.

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’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 17 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

The X5 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (335 vs. 303) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 278) than the Lincoln MKX’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 121 more horsepower (456 vs. 335) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 380) than the Lincoln MKX’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the MKX:

 

 

X5

MKX

 

2WD

 

n/a

17 city/25 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

2.7 twin turbo V6/Auto

4WD

 

n/a

16 city/23 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

xDrive40i/Auto

20 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

2.7 twin turbo V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’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 X5’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 X5 has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (21.9 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Lincoln MKX.

The X5’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

The X5’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the Lincoln MKX (265/50R19 vs. 245/60R18). The X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Lincoln MKX (F:275/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. 265/40R21).

The X5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Lincoln MKX Premiere/Select’s standard 60 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Lincoln MKX Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Lincoln MKX Premiere/Select. The X5’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Lincoln MKX Reserve.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 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

The X5 offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Lincoln doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Lincoln MKX.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Lincoln MKX (117.1 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X5 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Lincoln MKX.

The X5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the Lincoln MKX’s (58.3% to 41.7%). This gives the X5 more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Lincoln MKX (8.7 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Lincoln MKX can only carry 5.

The X5 has .9 inches more front headroom and 1.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Lincoln MKX.

Cargo Capacity

The X5 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Lincoln MKX with its rear seat folded (72.3 vs. 68.8 cubic feet).

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Lincoln MKX’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

The X5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Lincoln MKX’s (6603 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln MKX is only 3500 pounds. The X5 offers up to a 7209 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the X5 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.

Ergonomics

The X5 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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X5’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.

When the X5 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.

Recommendations

The BMW X5 outsold the Lincoln MKX by 69% during the 2018 model year.

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