2019 Jaguar XF 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 XF 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 XF and MKZ have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF 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 XF 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 XF Sport/S/Portfolio 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 XF and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF 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 XF’s reliability 11 points higher than the MKZ.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the XF S is faster than the Lincoln MKZ turbo 4 cyl.:

 

XF

MKZ

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.3 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

8.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.2 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

XF Sedan

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

31 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 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 XF’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 XF’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.

The XF Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XF’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 16.5 gallons). The XF Sportbrake’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 18 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XF, 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 XF’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

 

XF 25t/20d

XF 30t/S

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The XF’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKZ (255/35R20 vs. 245/45R18).

The XF’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series 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 XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The MKZ’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XF Sportbrake has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The MKZ doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the MKZ (116.5 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

The XF R-Sport Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XF S Sedan AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (25.5 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XF S Sedan AWD is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

 

XF

MKZ

At idle

40 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The XF Sedan has 1 inch more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the MKZ (17.8 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XF 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 XF’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 XF 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

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKZ, the XF Portfolio/S has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XF (except 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 XF 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XF has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKZ doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the XF 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.

Model Availability

The Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Lincoln MKZ isn’t available as a station wagon.

Recommendations

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The MKZ has never been an “All Star.”

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