2021 Volvo XC60 vs. 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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Safety

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The XC60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Corsair doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the XC60 and Corsair have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Corsair’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo XC60 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Lincoln doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Corsair. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XC60’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Corsair doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the XC60 and the Corsair 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, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Corsair’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo 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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The battery on the XC60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XC60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Corsair’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 XC60’s reliability 14 points higher than the Corsair.

Engine

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The XC60 has more powerful engines than the Corsair:

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 P.E. 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

Corsair 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Corsair 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder

280 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Lincoln Corsair:

XC60

Corsair 2.0

Corsair 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.3 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.6 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 Recharge running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Corsair:

MPGe

XC60

AWD

Electric Motor

56 city/57 hwy

Corsair

MPG

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 T8 Polestar running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Corsair AWD with its standard engine (26 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 19 miles. The Corsair must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Corsair doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corsair (18.5 vs. 16.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corsair (18.8 vs. 16.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XC60’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corsair:

XC60 T5

XC60 T8 P. E.

Corsair

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

11.9 inches

The XC60’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 XC60 stops much shorter than the Corsair:

XC60

Corsair

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC60 has larger standard tires than the Corsair (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R18). The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corsair (265/35R22 vs. 245/45R20).

The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’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 Corsair Reserve’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Corsair’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’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 Corsair doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Corsair (112.8 inches vs. 106.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Corsair.

The XC60 T6 AWD R-Design handles at .88 G’s, while the Corsair Reserve AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Corsair AWD (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has .8 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and 4.6 inches more rear hip room than the Corsair.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Corsair with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 27.6 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Corsair with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 57.6 cubic feet).

Towing

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The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Corsair’s (3500 vs. 3000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Corsair, the XC60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XC60’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 standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XC60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Corsair doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Corsair doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the Corsair because it costs $336 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the Corsair, including $17 less for a water pump, $220 less for a muffler, $5 less for front struts, $626 less for a timing belt/chain and $741 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

The Volvo XC60 outsold the Lincoln Corsair/MKC by 18% during 2019.

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