Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW 7 SERIES VS 2015 Lincoln MKS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW 7 SERIES

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2015 Lincoln MKS

Safety Comparison

The 7 Series’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKS doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The 7 Series has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The MKS doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The 7 Series offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKS offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the 7 Series xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The MKS doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The BMW 7 Series has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKS doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the 7 Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The MKS doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The 7 Series offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKS 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.

The 7 Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The MKS doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 7 Series and the MKS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The 7 Series’ corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKS’ (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 7 Series for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lincoln pays for maintenance for the MKS (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 7 Series has a standard 210-amp alternator. The MKS’ 190-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the 7 Series’ reliability will be 11% better than the MKS.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

Engine Comparison

The 7 Series has more powerful engines than the MKS:

Horsepower

Torque

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

315 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

ActiveHybrid 7 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

350 HP

360 lbs.-ft.

750i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

480 lbs.-ft.

760Li 6.0 turbo V12

535 HP

550 lbs.-ft.

Alpina B7 4.4 turbo V8

540 HP

538 lbs.-ft.

MKS 3.7 DOHC V6

304 HP

279 lbs.-ft.

MKS 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

The 7 Series’ 3.0 turbo diesel produces 134 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 279) than the MKS’ standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The 7 Series’ 3.0 turbo diesel produces 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 350) than the MKS’ optional 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alpina B7 is faster than the Lincoln MKS twin turbo V6:

7 Series

MKS

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.6 MPH

91.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the ActiveHybrid 7 gets better fuel mileage than the MKS FWD (22 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 740Ld gets better fuel mileage than the MKS 3.7 V6 AWD (23 city/31 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the ActiveHybrid 7 gets better fuel mileage than the MKS:

7 Series

MKS

n/a

19 city/28 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

2WD

740i/Auto

19 city/29 hwy

n/a

n/a

18 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

AWD

740i/Auto

19 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.5 ECOBoost/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the 7 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKS doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 7 Series (except 760Li)’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The MKS doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The 7 Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKS (20.1 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 7 Series’ standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKS (21.1 vs. 19 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the 750/760/B7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKS:

750/760/B7

MKS

Front Rotors

14.7 inches

13.86 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13.58 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Alpina B7’s 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKS’ optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Alpina B7 has standard 21-inch wheels. The MKS’ largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 7 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKS doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 7 Series offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The MKS doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 7 Series SWB offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Lincoln doesn’t offer an active suspension on the MKS.

The 7 Series has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The MKS doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 7 Series SWB’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the MKS (120.9 inches vs. 112.9 inches). The 7 Series LWB’s wheelbase is 13.5 inches longer than on the MKS (126.4 inches vs. 112.9 inches).

The Alpina B7 LWB xDrive handles at .93 G’s, while the MKS AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 750Li goes through Road & Track’s slalom 6.1 MPH faster than the MKS AWD (68.7 vs. 62.6 MPH).

The 740i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the MKS AWD (25.8 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The 7 Series SWB is 5.6 inches shorter than the MKS, making the 7 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The 7 Series SWB has .2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKS (106 vs. 105.8).

The 7 Series SWB has .9 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear legroom than the MKS.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the 7 Series LWB’s available rear seats recline. The MKS’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the 7 Series offers cargo security. The MKS’ non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking center console (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the 7 Series. The MKS doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the 7 Series’ trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The 7 Series also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The MKS doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKS, the 7 Series has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The 7 Series offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKS doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The 7 Series’ 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 MKS’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The 7 Series has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKS doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 7 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The MKS 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 7 Series has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKS doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the 7 Series 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 MKS’ mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the 7 Series’ passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The MKS doesn’t offer air conditioned seats in the rear.

Standard BMW Apps for the 7 Series allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The MKS doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the 7 Series owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 7 Series with a number “3” insurance rate while the MKS is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 7 Series is less expensive to operate than the MKS because it costs $387 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 7 Series than the MKS, including $361 less for a water pump and $24 less for front brake pads.

Recommendations Comparison

The BMW 7 Series won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Lincoln MKS didn't win any award.

The BMW 7 Series outsold the Lincoln MKS by 19% during 2014.

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