2020 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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Safety

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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 Arteon doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The MKZ’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Arteon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the MKZ and the Arteon 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all-wheel drive and front parking sensors.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKZ 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Arteon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Arteon ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The MKZ’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Arteon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 24 percent more Lincoln dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it 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 Arteon doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

The battery on the MKZ is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the MKZ’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Arteon’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 29 points higher than the Arteon.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 12 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The MKZ’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The MKZ’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 produces 82 more horsepower (350 vs. 268) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The MKZ’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 produces 132 more horsepower (400 vs. 268) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKZ turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:

MKZ

Arteon

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the MKZ Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon FWD (42 city/39 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

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

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 Arteon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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

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 Arteon doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The MKZ stops shorter than the Arteon:

MKZ

Arteon

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The MKZ has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the MKZ flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The MKZ’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Arteon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The MKZ Premiere AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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 Arteon 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 Arteon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The MKZ has .2 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 34% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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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 Arteon doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 Arteon doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lincoln MKZ and the Volkswagen Arteon, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lincoln MKZ outsold the Volkswagen Arteon by over seven to one during 2019.

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