2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKZ 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKZ doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Arteon offers an optional Overhead View Camera 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 Arteon and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The MKZ’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the MKZ’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the MKZ’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid and 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 4 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Arteon FWD gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ FWD 2.0 Turbo (22 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/31 hwy).

The Arteon 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.

Transmission

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

 

Arteon

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the MKZ is rated a Mid-size.

The Arteon has .4 inches more rear headroom and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the MKZ (27.2 vs. 15.4 cubic feet). The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the MKZ Hybrid (27.2 vs. 11.1 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Arteon’s liftgate 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.

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