2020 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2020 Jaguar XE

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKZ are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The rear seatbelts optional on the MKZ 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 XE doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the MKZ and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and front parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the MKZ the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKZ 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the XE. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XE ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 5 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MKZ’s warranty.

Reliability

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The MKZ has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The XE doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

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 MKZ’s reliability 69 points higher than the XE.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 19th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The MKZ has more powerful engines than the XE:

Horsepower

Torque

MKZ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKZ 3.0 turbo V6

350 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

MKZ AWD 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XE 30t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKZ 2.0 turbo is faster than the XE 25t:

MKZ

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the MKZ Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the XE 25t RWD (42 city/39 hwy vs. 25 city/34 hwy).

The MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE (18 vs. 16.6 gallons).

The MKZ has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The XE doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The MKZ Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The XE doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The MKZ stops shorter than the XE:

MKZ

XE

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the MKZ has larger tires than the XE (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The MKZ’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/45R18 vs. 235/35R20).

Chassis

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The front grille of the MKZ Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The MKZ uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XE doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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

The MKZ has 5.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (96.6 vs. 91).

The MKZ has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

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The MKZ has a larger trunk than the XE (15.4 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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The MKZ has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The XE has no towing capacity.

The MKZ 3.0 Turbo/Hybrid (except 2.0 Turbo) can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the MKZ can be unhitched and driven around locally. The XE can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 40% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The MKZ’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XE doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the MKZ the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the XE can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKZ’s exterior PIN entry system. The XE doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKZ’s exterior PIN entry system. The XE doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl 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 MKZ has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The MKZ Reserve offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the XE.

The MKZ offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XE doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the MKZ owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the MKZ will cost $700 less than the XE over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln MKZ will be $3930 to $14999 less than for the Jaguar XE.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln MKZ, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar XE isn't recommended.

The Lincoln MKZ outsold the Jaguar XE by over four to one during the 2019 model year.

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