Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X5 VS 2017 Lincoln Navigator Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Lincoln Navigator

Safety Comparison

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The X5 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 Navigator doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The X5 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 Navigator doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Navigator doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Navigator doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The X5 offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Navigator 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 X5’s optional 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 Navigator doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the X5 uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Navigator uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the X5 and the Navigator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, available all-wheel drive 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 X5 is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

X5

Navigator

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/471 lbs.

754/325 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

230

273

Neck Stress

155 lbs.

185 lbs.

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

89 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 X5 is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

X5

Navigator

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.6 inches

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

Warranty Comparison

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The X5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Navigator’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 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 Navigator.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the X5 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X5’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Navigator’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

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The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 65 more horsepower (445 vs. 380) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 460) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X5 is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

X5 s/xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

Navigator

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.3 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

12.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.1 MPH

106.9 MPH

90.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Navigator 4WD (23 city/29 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the Navigator:

 

 

X5

Navigator

 

2WD

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

3.5 turbo V6/Auto

4WD

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

18 city/24 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

3.5 turbo V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Navigator doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X5’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 Navigator doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X5 xDrive50i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Navigator:

 

X5 xDrive50i

Navigator

Front Rotors

15.2 inches

13.8 inches

The X5 stops much shorter than the Navigator:

 

X5

Navigator

 

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X5’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 Navigator’s standard 55 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Navigator’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Navigator doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X5 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 Navigator.

The X5 xDrive35d xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the Navigator 4x4 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Navigator 4x4 (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Navigator (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW X5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1200 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The X5 is 1 foot, 2.2 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the X5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The X5 is 8.7 inches shorter in height than the Navigator, making the X5 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction makes the X5’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Navigator doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X5. The Navigator doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X5 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 Navigator doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X5’s 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 Navigator’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Navigator can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X5 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 Navigator doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Navigator 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 X5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Navigator doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X5 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Navigator doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the X5 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 Navigator’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X5’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Navigator doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the X5 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Navigator doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The X5’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Navigator doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the X5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X5 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Navigator is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X5 is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X5 than the Navigator, including $61 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 second among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Navigator isn’t in the top three in its category.

The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Navigator is not ranked.

The BMW X5 outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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