MPG

Q3

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

MKC

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

2.3 Turbo 4 cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q3 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKC with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Q3 higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKC (5). This means the Q3 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKC every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Audi Q3, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q3’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKC:

Q3

MKC

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13.2 inches

The Q3’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.

Ergonomics

The Q3’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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports? recommends the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

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