2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Volvo XC60

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Safety

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Both the Nautilus and the XC60 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, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nautilus’ warranty.

Reliability

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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 Nautilus’ reliability 18 points higher than the XC60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XC60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 19th in reliability. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 9 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Nautilus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XC60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Nautilus’ standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

Nautilus

XC60

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Nautilus has larger standard tires than the XC60 (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18).

Suspension and Handling

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The Nautilus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Nautilus uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Chassis

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The Nautilus uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 5.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (108.3 vs. 103).

The Nautilus has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more rear hip room and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nautilus’ rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Nautilus is 1.5 inches lower than the XC60 (17.5” vs. 19”). The Nautilus’ rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the XC60’s (18” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XC60 with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 30.2 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

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

Nautilus

XC60

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/75”

37.8”/68.7”

Max Width

45”

43.5”

Min Width

45”

39.8”

Height

31”

30.6”

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

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 25% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The Nautilus’ standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Nautilus’ front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The XC60 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Volvo On Call 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 Nautilus has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Lincoln Nautilus Reserve/Black Label has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XC60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Nautilus offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XC60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Nautilus, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo XC60 isn't recommended.

The Lincoln MKX/Nautilus outsold the Volvo XC60 by 1322 units during the 2019 model year.

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