2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X2’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Corsair doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the X2 and the Corsair have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The X2’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Corsair’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Corsair.

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 X2’s reliability 40 points higher than the Corsair.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Corsair isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 21st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

Engine

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The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 21 more horsepower (301 vs. 280) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 310) than the Corsair’s optional 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 2.0 is faster than the Lincoln Corsair:

X2

Corsair 2.0

Corsair 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.3 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.6 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Corsair:

X2

Corsair

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/32 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/31 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.3 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Corsair doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The X2’s 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 Corsair doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Corsair:

X2

X2 M35i

Corsair

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

The X2’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Corsair are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the Corsair:

X2

Corsair

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corsair’s standard 60 series tires. The X2 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Corsair Reserve’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X2 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Corsair doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the Corsair Reserve AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Corsair AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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The X2 is 8.4 inches shorter than the Corsair, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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The X2’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 Corsair’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln Corsair isn't recommended.

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