2019 Lincoln MKT vs. 2019 BMW X7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKT 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 BMW X7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The middle row seatbelts optional on the MKT inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The X7 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the MKT and the X7 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, rear cross-path warning, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.


Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKT 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MKT’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.


The MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 330) than the X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKT is faster than the X7 xDrive40i:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln MKT uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The MKT has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the MKT’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the X7:



Front Rotors

13.86 inches

13.7 inches

Suspension and Handling

The MKT’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the MKT AWD’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X7’s (41.5 feet vs. 42.8 feet).


The Lincoln MKT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 700 pounds less than the BMW X7.

Passenger Space

The MKT has 3.2 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the MKT when its tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The X7 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

The MKT has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The X7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

The MKT’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 18% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.


In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKT’s exterior PIN entry system. The X7 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its BMW Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the MKT has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The MKT has standard front air-conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The MKT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the X7.

The MKT has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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