2019 Lincoln MKT vs. 2019 Volvo XC90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 XC90 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the MKT. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the MKT and the XC90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, 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 Volvo covers the XC90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XC90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Volvo 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 1 place higher in reliability than Volvo.


The MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 115 more horsepower (365 vs. 250) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 49 more horsepower (365 vs. 316) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKT is faster than the XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.8 MPH

92.8 MPH

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 XC90 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The MKT has 5.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.6 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the MKT’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:




Front Rotors

13.86 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

The MKT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC90 T5’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKT has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XC90 T5.

Suspension and Handling

The MKT has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC90’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the MKT uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space

The MKT has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.1 inches more third row legroom and 2.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

The MKT’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.




Behind Third Seat

17.9 cubic feet

15.9 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the MKT’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XC90 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the MKT to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC90.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 18% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.


The MKT’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC90’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Volvo On Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the MKT has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 XC90.

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