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2020 Lincoln Corsair vs. 2020 BMW X3: Which Is Better?

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair and 2020 BWM X3 are five-passenger luxury compact SUVs. Let’s see how these two family-friendly vehicles compare to each other.

Quick Facts

  • The Lincoln Corsair is all-new for 2020
  • The BMW X3 was introduced in 2018. It is slightly enhanced for 2020.

2020 Lincoln Corsair

2020 Lincoln Corsair

Base Price: $35,945 / Read our 2020 Lincoln Corsair Review

What we like: All-new model for 2020. Very attractive styling wrapped around a spacious and quiet interior. The second row of seats slides forward/rearward to increase space and utility.

What we would change: The desirable premium trims drive pricing above $55,000.

Overview: Lincoln replaced its MKC crossover with the all-new Corsair (it shares platforms with the Ford Escape). Engineered to be an improvement over the outgoing MKC, the new Corsair exhibits Lincoln’s “Quiet Flight” approach to exterior design. This styling includes a signature grille, unique contouring on the side panels, and full-width rear tail lights. The vehicle is offered with combustion engines in 2020, but the promised 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will arrive with an all-wheel-drive system for the next model year. We anticipate 25 miles of pure-EV range.

What’s new for 2020: The Lincoln Corsair is all-new for 2020.

Features and technology: The passenger cabin of the Corsair features standard 10-way power-operated seats for front occupants. Choose the available Perfect Position front seats and they are upgraded to 24-way adjustment with massage function. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard (Bridge of Weir Deepsoft leather-trimmed seats are optional), as is dual-zone climate control and a 360-degree camera.

Standard audio technology includes a Lincoln Premium Audio System with 10-speakers and an 8-inch LCD touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both standard fitment. Lincoln offers several different ways for owners to connect and interact with their vehicle via mobile apps. These include Lincoln Connect and Lincoln Way. Lincoln’s MyKey technology helps parents restrict settings to promote safer teen driving.

What does the future hold: Lincoln will most likely make the 2021 Corsair a carryover model with only minimal changes. However, the company has indicated that it will introduce a third powertrain — a plug-in hybrid variant — that will debut for next year. Details are scarce, but we expect it to offer 25 miles of pure-EV driving before the combustion engine fires up. See the 2020 Lincoln Corsair models for sale near you

2020 BMW X3

2020 BMW X3


Base Price: $41,950 / Read our 2020 BMW X3 Review

What we like: Quality German engineering and many different offered configurations.

What we would change: The base price is steep and adding options drives the cost skyward. Premium models may exceed $80,000.

Overview: The 2020 BMW X3 is a third-generation model that was last redesigned for the 2018 model year. The crossover shares platforms with the 3 Series and the 4 Series, which contributes to its sporty character and demeanor. Like all vehicles, the X3 has grown in size over the years. In fact, today’s X3 is larger than the original 1999 BMW X5 — that’s a sizeable growth spurt.

What’s new for 2020: BMW made minor revisions to the X3 for the 2020 model year that improved the standard content and option packaged. First, they made the navigation standard on all trims. Second, they reshuffled some of the packages to better align the content. Lastly, the LED headlights were redesigned. It is also important to note that BMW added a new high-performance model, designated “X3 M40i,” to the lineup.

Features and technology: The passenger cabin of the BMW X3 is equipped with standard 10-way power front sport seats with 2-way power side bolsters for both front occupants. The seats are upholstered in Sensa Tec (synthetic leather). Genuine leather, heated, and ventilated seats are optional. Three-zone climate control is standard, with separate air distribution controls for the zones (in addition to the temperature controls).

A HiFi Sound System, with 12-speakers and a 205-watt digital amplifier, is standard on the 2020 BMW X3. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay. And, as of July 2020, BMW has introduced Android Auto (both systems will be accessed via a wireless LAN connection) to the X3 model. There is no cost for either. One USB port is standard, but BMW offers a second USB port on its options list. BMW ConnectedDrive, working with the BMW Connected App, is used to remotely access many features of the vehicle via a smartphone.

What does the future hold: Now that BMW has the sDrive30i, xDrive30i, and plug-in xDrive30e, they will add an all-electric model, designated the iX3, in the near future — sadly, the Chinese-made EV will only be sold in China and European markets. Those seeking an all-electric X3 will want to wait for the 2022 BMW iNext. See the 2020 BMW X3 models for sale near you

Corsair vs. X3: Strengths comparison

Lincoln Corsair Benefits: More powerful engine tuning and smoother transmission. More passenger and cargo room.

BMW X3 Benefits: Much sportier demeanor. More spacious interior. Premium build quality.

Corsair vs. X3: Which is better?

The Lincoln Corsair is an excellent five-passenger luxury compact SUV that is arguably the best domestic offering in today’s crowded marketplace. It is spacious and technically advanced. However, the BMW X3 excels in nearly every subjective (and objective) category.   The X3’s cabin is more functional, its powertrains are more advanced, and the BMW’s all-wheel-drive system and suspension are superior. While the BMW will cost more than the Lincoln, it is money well spent. This comparison goes to slightly larger BMW. Find a Lincoln Corsair for sale or Find a BMW X3 for sale

2020 Lincoln Corsair 2020 BMW X3 sDrive30i
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 4-year / 50,000 miles
Horsepower 250 hp 248 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque 280 lb-ft 258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 24 (21 city, 29 highway) 27 (25 city, 29 highway)
Also Available 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 3.0-liter I6, 2.0-liter PHEV
Warranty 4-year / 50,000 miles 4-year / 50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5-stars 5-stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Curb Weight 3,842 pounds 4,317 pounds
Wheelbase 106.7 inches 112.8 inches
Overall Length 180.6 inches 186.1 inches
Width 76.2 inches 74.7 inches
Height 64.1 inches 66.0 inches
Turning Diameter n/a 39.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.0 inches
Legroom, Front 43.2 inches 40.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.1 inches 57.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 102.5 cu. Ft. 101.4 cu. Ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 27.6 cu. Ft. 28.7 cu. ft.

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