2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 Lincoln MKZ

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Safety

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The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKZ 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKZ doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Arteon offers an optional Overhead View Camera 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 Arteon and the MKZ 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 lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

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The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the MKZ’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Arteon for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKZ.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the MKZ’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid and 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Volkswagen Arteon is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

Arteon

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

9.4 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.4 sec

25.3 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.4 sec

9.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

83 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

127 MPH

109 MPH

135 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Arteon has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Arteon, 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 Arteon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

Arteon

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The Arteon stops shorter than the MKZ:

Arteon

MKZ

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Arteon’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series 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 Arteon offers optional 20-inch wheels. The MKZ’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Arteon SE 4Motion handles at .89 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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

The Arteon has .4 inches more rear headroom and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

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

Towing

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The Arteon’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKZ’s (4850 vs. 1000 pounds).

While the MKZ Hybrid is not recommended to tow, any Arteon can tow a minimum of 4850 pounds.

Ergonomics

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The Arteon’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The MKZ’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Consumer Reports rated the Arteon’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the MKZ’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Recommendations

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

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