2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XE have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln MKZ doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XE and MKZ have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The MKZ’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XE has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKZ doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XE Portfolio/Sport/S offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKZ 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.

Both the XE and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The XE comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The MKZ’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKZ’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKZ.

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 XE’s reliability 11 points higher than the MKZ.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the XE 25t is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

XE

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

84.9 MPH

89.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ:

 

 

 

MPG

XE

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

32 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

MKZ

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/31 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lincoln only offers a regenerative brake system on the MKZ Hybrid.

Regardless of its engine, the XE’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 MKZ Hybrid.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKZ.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XE’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

 

XE

XE 300 Sport/S

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

12.8 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The XE 300 Sport/S’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MKZ are solid, not vented.

The XE stops much shorter than the MKZ:

 

XE

MKZ

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The XE S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKZ’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE S offers optional 20-inch wheels. The MKZ’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XE has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The MKZ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The XE handles at .96 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XE R-Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (24.9 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The XE is 10 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XE R-Sport AWD is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

 

XE

MKZ

At idle

43 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

71 dB

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XE easier. The XE’s trunk lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The MKZ’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XE’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The MKZ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKZ. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The XE (except Base/Premium) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKZ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

When the XE 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 MKZ’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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