2019 BMW X6 vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X6’s optional 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 X6 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X6 xDrive’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 X6 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 X6 and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The X6’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Lincoln MKX’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 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

The battery on the X6 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X6’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Lincoln MKX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Lincoln MKX isn’t in the top three.

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 X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 278) than the Lincoln MKX’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The X6 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 110 more horsepower (445 vs. 335) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 380) than the Lincoln MKX’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the X6 s/xDrive35i is faster than the Lincoln MKX twin turbo V6:

 

X6

MKX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X6 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the MKX AWD turbo V6 (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X6’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 X6’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 X6 has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (22.4 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Lincoln MKX.

The X6’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

For better stopping power the X6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:

 

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

MKX

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

11.6 inches

The X6’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 X6 stops much shorter than the Lincoln MKX:

 

X6

Lincoln MKX

 

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X6 has larger standard tires than the Lincoln MKX (255/50R19 vs. 245/60R18). The X6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Lincoln MKX (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 265/40R21).

The X6’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 X6 xDrive50i’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 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 X6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Lincoln MKX Premiere/Select.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X6 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 X6 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.

The X6 offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X6’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the Lincoln MKX (115.5 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X6 is 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Lincoln MKX.

The X6’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the Lincoln MKX’s (58.3% to 41.7%). This gives the X6 more stable handling and braking.

The X6 xDrive35i handles at .88 G’s, while the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X6 xDrive35i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X6 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Lincoln MKX (8.3 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the X6 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Payload and Towing

The X6’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Lincoln MKX’s (6000 vs. 2000 pounds).

The X6 has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Lincoln MKX (1110 vs. 900 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the X6 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

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Lincoln MKX, the X6 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The X6 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 X6 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 X6’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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X6 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X6 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the X6 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 X6 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X6 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Lincoln MKX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The X6 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X6 will retain 42.56% to 47.6% 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 X6 is less expensive to operate than the Lincoln MKX because typical repairs cost less on the X6 than the Lincoln MKX, including $173 less for a timing belt/chain.

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