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The X7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the middle seat shoulder belts of the BMW X7 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lincoln MKT doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.
The X7 has standard City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.
The X7 has standard Post-Crash Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKT 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.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X7’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The MKT doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The BMW X7 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
The X7 offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The X7’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The MKT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the X7 and the MKT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.
The BMW X7 weighs 428 to 675 pounds more than the Lincoln MKT. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The X7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKT’s (12 vs. 5 years).
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X7 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 MKT.
The battery on the X7 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X7’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The MKT’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.
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.
The X7 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 91 more horsepower (456 vs. 365) and 129 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 350) than the MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6.
On the EPA test cycle the X7 xDrive40i gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (20 city/25 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the X7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X7’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 MKT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The X7 has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKT (21.9 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X7, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKT.
The X7’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 MKT doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the X7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKT:
X7 M Sport
For better traction, the X7 has larger standard tires than the MKT (285/45R21 vs. 235/55R19). The X7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKT (F:275/40R22 & R:315/35R22 vs. 255/45R20).
The X7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKT’s standard 55 series tires. The X7’s optional 275/40R22 front and 315/35R22 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the MKT’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X7 has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the MKT. The X7’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the MKT.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The front and rear suspension of the X7 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the MKT, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The X7 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The X7’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The MKT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X7’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the MKT (122.2 inches vs. 117.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X7 is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the MKT.
The X7 is 4.3 inches shorter than the MKT, making the X7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the X7 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The MKT doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The X7 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.5 inches more third row headroom and .3 inches more third row legroom than the MKT.
The X7’s cargo area provides more volume than the MKT.
Third Seat Folded
48.6 cubic feet
39.6 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
90.4 cubic feet
75.9 cubic feet
The X7’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The MKT’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The X7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKT’s (7500 vs. 2000 pounds).
The engine in the X7 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKT. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKT, the X7 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 X7 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 MKT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
When the X7 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 MKT’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
The X7 has standard heated front and optional heated second and third row seats, which keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. The MKT doesn’t offer a third-row heated seat.
Standard smartphone integration for the X7 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The MKT doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.
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