Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2016 Lincoln MKC Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2016 Lincoln MKC

Safety Comparison

The X3 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. The MKC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The X3 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 MKC offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The X3 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 X3 and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X3 is safer than the Lincoln MKC:




5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Compression

44 lbs.

50 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Compression

95 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

534/168 lbs.

667/277 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X3 is safer than the Lincoln MKC:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

222 lbs.

404 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

709 lbs.

778 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The X3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lincoln pays for maintenance for the MKC (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (300 vs. 285) than the MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

The X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 270) than the MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the X3 s/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Lincoln MKC:


MKC 2.0

MKC 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.9 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.3 MPH

87.4 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the MKC AWD (27 city/34 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X3 s/xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the MKC AWD with its standard engine (21 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X3’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X3’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 MKC doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The X3 has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (17.7 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The X3’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 X3 stops shorter than the MKC:



60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X3 has larger standard tires than the MKC (245/50R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The X3’s optional 275/35R20 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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKC doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the MKC (110.6 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X3 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the MKC.

The X3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the MKC’s (57% to 43%). This gives the X3 more stable handling and braking.

The X3 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 xDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (26.9 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X3 has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

The X3’s cargo area is larger than the MKC’s in every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

The X3 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKC doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X3 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 MKC doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The X3’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 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 standard on the X3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The MKC 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 X3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the X3 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 X3 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 Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the X3 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X3 will cost $105 to $2570 less than the MKC over a five-year period.

The X3 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X3 will retain 49.61% to 51.23% of its original price after five years, while the MKC only retains 34.43% to 40.07%.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2015 issue and they ranked the BMW X3 xDrive28i xDrive two places higher than the Lincoln MKC AWD.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The BMW X3 is ranked second in the Near-Luxury Utility category. The Lincoln MKC is ranked below average.

The BMW X3 outsold the Lincoln MKC by 10% during the 2015 model year.

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