2020 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan 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 MKC doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKC 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the MKC.

The Macan offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKC 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 Macan and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

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

Engine

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The Macan has more powerful engines than the MKC:

Horsepower

Torque

Macan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

Macan S 3.0 turbo V6

348 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 2.9 turbo V6

434 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Macan’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 MKC 2.0 Turbo.

The Macan has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (19.8 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Porsche Macan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The MKC doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The MKC doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Macan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKC:

Macan

Macan Turbo

MKC

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

15.6 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

14.6 inches

12.4 inches

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

The Macan offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The MKC doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKC (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 255/40R20).

The Macan’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKC AWD’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The MKC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’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 MKC doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Macan’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the MKC (110.5 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Macan is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the MKC.

Towing

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The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKC’s (4409 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKC. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 28% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKC, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’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 MKC’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Macan offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Macan with available tilt-down mirrors 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 MKC’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Macan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Macan with a number “5” insurance rate while the MKC is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Macan is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the Macan than the MKC, including $45 less for a water pump and $392 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Macan, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

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