2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 MKX 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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the XC60 and Lincoln MKX 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 Lincoln MKX’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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Lincoln MKX 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XC60’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the XC60 and the Lincoln MKX 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Lincoln MKX was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty

The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Lincoln MKX’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 MKX.

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 XC60’s reliability 11 points higher than the Lincoln MKX.

Engine

The XC60 has more powerful engines than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Horsepower

Torque

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.

Lincoln MKX 3.7 DOHC V6

303 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

Lincoln MKX 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Lincoln MKX twin turbo V6:

 

XC60

MKX

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the MKX 2.7 twin turbo AWD (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the MKX 2.7 twin turbo AWD (25 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

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

 

 

XC60

MKX

 

2WD

T5/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

Turbo V6/Auto

4WD

T5/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

V6/Auto

 

T6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

Turbo V6/Auto

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The Lincoln MKX 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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XC60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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 MKX (3 to 5). This means the XC60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Lincoln MKX every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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 Lincoln MKX.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

XC60 T5

XC60 T6/T8

MKX

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 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 Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

The XC60 stops much shorter than the Lincoln MKX:

 

XC60

Lincoln MKX

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .87 G’s, while the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Lincoln MKX’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Lincoln MKX (8.5 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 600 pounds less than the Lincoln MKX.

The XC60 is 5.4 inches shorter than the Lincoln MKX, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Lincoln MKX’s liftover is 30.3 inches.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Lincoln MKX, the XC60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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 Lincoln MKX 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 Lincoln MKX 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 Lincoln MKX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Lincoln MKX’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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Lincoln MKX’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the Lincoln MKX because typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the Lincoln MKX, including $3 less for a water pump, $201 less for a muffler, $640 less for a timing belt/chain and $522 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Volvo XC60 outsold the Lincoln MKX by 6% during the 2018 model year.

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