2019 Lincoln MKC vs 2019 Cadillac XT5

If you're looking for a luxury compact SUV, you may have come across these two popular models: the 2019 Lincoln MKC and the 2019 Cadillac XT5. These perfectly-sized vehicles are made to tow the family in a sedan-like space with the added benefit of a utility vehicle.

In comparing these two crossover SUVs, they share a lot in common, but there are some key differences when it comes to the actual ride experience, interior comfort, and consumer technology.

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The 2019 Lincoln MKC available at Jack Demmer Lincoln in Dearborn, MI

2019 Lincoln MKC vs 2019 Cadillac XT5 Performance

The Lincoln MKC offers two engine options versus the XT5's single engine. The XT5's engine produces 310 horsepower versus the MKC's top-end 285 horsepower, however reviewers note that the acceleration is similar between both models. The difference in the performance is most apparent in the fuel efficiency, with the MKC's base engine getting 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway. The XT5 comes in at only 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

The MKC comes standard with front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive with three suspension modes: normal, sport, and comfort. This allows drivers to customize their ride experience on every trip. The XT5 offers similar suspension modes, but only on more costly trims with large 20” wheels, causing a bumpier ride than the MKC. Because of the Lincoln MKC's wide body and low center of gravity, the handling is more sportscar like than the typical SUV ride experience on the Cadillac.

While the XT5 has an eight-speed automatic transmission, this MKC's six-speed takes advantage of Lincoln's semi-automatic SelectShift, the same technology used on high-performance vehicles. On the MKC, drivers can use wheel-mounted power shifters to give extra power when needed.

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The high performance 2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Lincoln MKC vs 2019 Cadillac XT5 Exterior

The sleek exterior of the 2019 Lincoln MKC

Overall, the exteriors of these two models are quite similar in shape, with similarly sloped roofs and window lines. The 2019 Cadillac XT5 uses a 112.5” wheelbase while the 2019 Lincoln MKC uses a 106” wheelbase. The shorter the wheelbase, the better turning and cornering are, particularly on tight curves. The MKC is also a bit shorter, at 180” versus the Cadillac's 190”, making the Lincoln easier to maneuver in tight spaces like parking lots and busy city streets.

When it comes to the exterior style, the MKC sticks with the modern Lincoln fascias, including wide tail light strips, LED accents, and new mesh grille featuring the Lincoln emblem. The XT5 features the Cadillac's traditional horizontal grill with traditional separated tail lights.

The color options are similar on both models, with silvers, blacks, grays, and whites dominating the lineups. The Lincoln MKC comes with two red options versus the XT5's one, with options for a brighter, sportier shade or a deeper, elegant burgundy.

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2019 Lincoln MKC vs 2019 Cadillac XT5 Interior

The 2019 Lincoln MKC and the 2019 Cadillac XT5 seat five passengers and offer standard leatherette seating and dual-zone climate control. The MKC offers a few more standard features, such as reclining rear seats (unavailable on the XT5) and heated and power-adjusting front seats, both of which cost extra on the XT5. Unsurprisingly for luxury models, both models offer an upgrade to real leather seats. However, the MKC goes a step further in the luxury mode by featuring active noise control to keep the cabin soothingly quiet.

Each model offers an available panoramic moonroof, too, though the XT5's has been criticized for being too low in the back for rear passenger comfort.

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The spacious interior of the 2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Lincoln MKC vs 2019 Cadillac XT5 Technology

Touchscreen display inside the 2019 Lincoln MKC

The MKC and the XT5 both offer an 8-inch touchscreen as well as standard satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth. The ease-of-use is a key difference between these two models, as the MKC uses redundant physical buttons for its touchscreen features. The XT5 relies solely on touchscreen, even for volume control, which can be frustrating to use, especially while driving.

When it comes to sound, the Lincoln takes the point for having a standard nine-speaker system versus the Cadillac's standard eight-speaker. Both systems can be upgraded to 14-speaker units with the main difference being the quality. The Lincoln MKC uses THX premium audio while the Cadillac uses Bose. THX, founded by filmmaker George Lucas, is a certification process best known for ensuring movie theater-quality sound. Bose speakers are not THX certified.

The Lincoln MKC also comes standard with the exclusive MyKey system technology, which allows owners to set speed and volume limits for other drivers.

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2019 Lincoln MKC vs 2019 Cadillac XT5 Safety

In today's car market, there are two important ways to look at safety. One is traditional crash test ratings, and the other is the list of standard and available advanced safety technology. When it comes to crash safety ratings, the Lincoln MKC and the Cadillac XT5 have identical ratings, so the next important place to look is advanced features.

Standard features found on both models include rearview camera and rear parking assist with sensors. Available on both models are lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring, though the cost to obtain these tends to be less on the MKC. The 2019 Lincoln MKC also has available parallel park assist.

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Why Buy from Jack Demmer Lincoln In Dearborn, MI?

Our family-owned Lincoln dealership has served the residents of Dearborn, MI for 20 years. Across three generations of Demmers, we have worked together in the automotive industry for many decades, providing a variety of quality, reliable vehicles at unbeatable prices.

When you shop for a luxury vehicle, you expect a luxury experience. We provide VIP service to all of our customers from beginning to end. Our sales team is carefully selected to provide the utmost expertise and friendliness. Our finance team is quick and capable, making what is typically the most arduous part of car-buying a total breeze. Our service center and collision center are staffed by factory-trained technicians who specialize in Lincoln vehicles for the fastest and most accurate repairs.

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