2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2018 Lincoln MKC

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 MKC doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The XC60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKC doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the XC60 and MKC have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 MKC’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 XC60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The MKC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XC60 has standard City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKC offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The XC60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKC 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.

The XC60 offers an optional 360-Degree Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKC 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 XC60 and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 91 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKC.

Engine

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The XC60 has more powerful engines than the MKC:

 

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Lincoln MKC:

 

XC60

MKC 2.0

MKC 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.9 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

87.4 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the MKC 2.0 AWD (60 city/58 hwy MPGe vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the MKC 2.0 AWD (26 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

XC60

MKC

 

2WD

T5/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

T5/Auto

21 city/27 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

T6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The MKC must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the XC60’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 MKC 2.0 Turbo.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKC (3 to 5). This means the XC60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKC every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo XC60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XC60 T6/T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKC:

 

XC60 T6/T8

MKC

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The XC60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MKC are solid, not vented.

The XC60 stops shorter than the MKC:

 

XC60

MKC

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The MKC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The MKC doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 6.9 inches longer than on the MKC (112.8 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the MKC.

The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .87 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (103 vs. 97.9).

The XC60 has 2 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.6 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo area than the MKC with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 25.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 24.3 inches, while the MKC’s liftover is 26.5 inches.

The XC60’s cargo area is larger than the MKC’s in almost every dimension:

 

XC60

MKC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.8”/68.7”

34.4”/67”

Height

30.6”

32”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKC’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The XC60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKC doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The XC60 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKC doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The XC60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The MKC’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKC’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The XC60’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKC’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

When the XC60 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKC’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the MKC, including $58 less for a water pump, $301 less for a muffler, $630 less for a timing belt/chain and $769 less for a power steering pump.

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