2020 Jaguar XE vs. 2020 Lincoln MKZ

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XE 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 MKZ doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XE and MKZ have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE 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 MKZ’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 XE has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKZ doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XE offers an optional Surround Camera System 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 XE and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The XE comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The MKZ’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKZ’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKZ.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the XE 25t is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

XE

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

84.9 MPH

89.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XE gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ:

XE

MKZ

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (247 HP)/8-spd. Auto

25 city/34 hwy

20 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (247 HP)/8-spd. Auto

24 city/34 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (296 HP)/8-spd. Auto

22 city/30 hwy

n/a

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lincoln only offers a regenerative brake system on the MKZ Hybrid.

Regardless of its engine, the XE’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 MKZ Hybrid.

The XE has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar XE higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKZ (5 to 7). This means the XE produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKZ every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKZ.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XE’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

XE

XE R-Dynamic

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

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

Tires and Wheels

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The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKZ’s optional 40 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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

The XE handles at .86 G’s, while the MKZ Premiere AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.4 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar XE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 750 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The XE is 9.7 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XE easier. The XE’s trunk lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The MKZ’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

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

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKZ. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XE to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The MKZ doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

When the XE is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The MKZ’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Jaguar XE offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The MKZ doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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