2017 Lincoln MKC review with video

The Basics:

Starting price: $41,800 + taxes
As tested: $51,550 + taxes
Our fuel economy over a week of driving: 10.9 L/100 kms (21.5 US MPG)
Competitors: Audi Q5, Buick Encore, Cadillac XT5, Volvo XC60, etc

When the Lincoln MKC was introduced back in 2015, it immediately shot up to the second best selling vehicle in the company’s line-up. It offers great value in the luxury crossover segment and Lincoln, rather cleverly, sized it in a bit of a no man’s land somewhere between sub-compacts like the Buick Encore but not as big as competitors like the Audi Q5 either. Its size and price point has appealed to younger buyers and created a great entry point into the Lincoln brand for some much needed new customer blood. For all the details, take a look at our full video review above then scroll through our list of pros and cons below.

Pros:
– Unlike US models, all Canadian MKCs come with AWD standard
– It also starts one trim higher in Canada with the Select trim. So it comes with fantastic standard equipment at its starting price and really blows the European brands out of the water
– Lincoln prides itself on a quiet ride and that continues here in the MKC. We hit 60 decibels at 100 kms/hour, which is excellent
– The MKC has an impressive towing capacity for a small crossover – 3,000 lbs with the towing package (which is a $500 option)
– You also get impressive customer service with Lincoln – 6 years of road side assistance, a loaner vehicle whenever your car is in for servicing, concierge perks and a generally far better customer service experience. For 2018, by the way, the Lincoln Way app will be standard on all trims of the MKC as well

Cons:
– Styling, in our opinion, is starting to look a bit dated and due for a refresh when compared to other Lincoln vehicles like the new Continental or the MKZ sedans
– For a small crossover, it’s also not as efficient as we’d expected. Couple that with pretty dull performance out of the 2 litre turbo in our tester and you might want to consider spending the extra $2000 and getting the optional 2.3-litre engine with 45 more horsepower (only available in the Reserve package)
– While the interior fit and finish is generally good, it does have some cheaper, rattly plastics weaken the overall luxury feel
– The MKC also has a busy dashboard with lots of really small buttons. I’ve spent too much time taking my eyes off the road this week
– Meanwhile, certain features are missing from the dash. You have to wade through the infotainment system to turn the heated steering wheel on/off, for example
– I’m conflicted about the seats. They’re comfortable but very soft so it will depends what level of support you like
– The second row is quite tight with 36.8 inches of leg room versus 40 inches in the Cadilliac XT5 or 37.3 inches in the Escape (despite the fact that they’re based on the same platform)
– The trunk is also small and narrow and only offers 710 litres versus the Escape’s 964 litres. It is, however, larger compared to the Buick Encore or Volvo XC60

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4.5/5 (62 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 3/5 (with the base 2-litre engine)
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3/5
Family Wheels trunk score: 3/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5

Family Wheels overall score: 36/50= 72%

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