Loosely based on the 2015 Ford Escape or Kuga (if you live outside of the North American continent), the 2015 Lincoln MKC is the newest member to join the revamped model lineup of Ford Motor Company’s Luxury division.
As the competition intensifies in the entry-level mid-size luxury crossover segment in the United States, the latest entry from Lincoln faces a steep climb ahead of itself as it tries to attract young and active consumers into its showrooms away from its fellow American and European competitors. So, lets see how this new 2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 Eco Boost AWD stacks up against its competition with this in-depth review.
The moment you open the doors and enter the cabin, you will immediately feel and smell the upscale materials used throughout the vehicle.
The seats in the top spec vehicle I drove over the past week featured heated and cooled front sport seats with heated outboard seats in the back. The front seats are fairly supportive and provide enough grip and support to keep the driver and the front passenger comfortable over small to medium distance journeys. If you are looking for a vehicle for long distance cruising or road trips, then I would recommend you checking out its bigger brother, the 2015 Lincoln MKX.
Up front, there is ample head, leg, and shoulder room for an occupant with a stature of 6.0 ft or higher. But, when it comes to the head, leg, and shoulder room in the back seat, the story is not the same. The back bench is barely wide enough to fit two adults and one child or teenager (to be honest, the back seats are ideally designed for just two adults with the middle part left open for the center armrest). The leg and head room at the back is enough for anyone who is under 6 feet, but if you are taller than that, you might feel a bit cramped and your head might rub a bit on the headliner.
The front seats of the top-of-the-line 2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 Eco Boost AWD are powered and can be adjusted in 12 different parameters and the driver’s seat also features memory setting for two drivers. The memory setting stores the driver’s preference for the seat and mirror positions, it can also store your seat temperature and the overall temperature of the cabin when you enter the vehicle.
The Lincoln MKC I drove for the review featured exclusive features like Approach Detection with Welcome Mat, Ambient Lighting, MyLincoln Mobile App with Embedded Modem, class-exclusive hands free power tailgate (which opens and closes with the swipe of your foot underneath a sensor, which is in the middle of the back bumper), and Active Park Assist with Park Out Assist.
My tester also came fitted with auto-dimming, heated, and power-folding exterior mirrors, vista roof (Lincoln speak for panoramic roof), keyless entry, push-button start, and automatic headlights.
Technology options available in the Lincoln MKC include enhanced THX II certified premium audio system, active noise control, adaptive cruise control with collision warning, lane keeping assist, BLIS with cross-traffic alert, and SYNC with MyLincoln touch.
The base engine in the 2015 Lincoln MKC is a 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower @ 5500 RPM and 270 lb.ft.of torque @ 3000 RPM. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic and sends its power either to the front wheels as standard or to all four wheels via an optional all-wheel-drive system.
However, the car I drove featured the more powerful 2.3 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 285 horsepower @ 5500 RP< and 305 lb.ft.of torque @ 2750 RPM. Like the smaller engine, this engine was also equipped with the same six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. All of the power from the engine is sent exclusively to all four wheels.
The EPA fuel efficiency rating for the 2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 Eco Boost AWD is rated at 18 mpg in city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.
Additional performance features include Lincoln Drive Control, which includes continuously controlled damping, Electric power-assisted steering, and AdvanceTrac with Stability Control.
Like all entry-level luxury mid-size crossovers in the market at the moment, the Lincoln MKC is also fitted with MacPherson strut type suspension with anti-roll bars up front, and out back, it features a fully independent multi-link suspension setup with anti-roll bars and progressive spring rate.
Brakes are power assisted four-wheel disc (vented up front and solid out back) with anti-lock braking system and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.
When it comes to safety, this Lincoln is loaded with all the features you can image. Some of the safety features installed in our tester included a back up camera, personal safety system, dual stage front airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, LATCH system, SOS post collision alert system, and Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder.
On top of all the safety features mentioned, my Lincoln also came equipped with these following security features as well. These included illuminated entry, remote keyless entry system, Securilock passive anti-theft system, child-safety rear door locks, Secuicode keyless entry keypad on the driver side door B-pillar, battery saver, and perimeter alarm.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 Eco Boost AWD is currently on sale nationwide and has starting base price of $40,145.
But, with all the features and options mentioned above, the car I drove for the review had the final price of $48,375.
So, the final question to ask before considering the vehicle is “is it worth it?” Well, the answer to that question is “it depends on your personal needs and requirements”. Yes, I know that it is a lot of money for an entry-level mid-size luxury crossover, but when you compare it to its main rivals like the Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Range Rover Evoque, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK, the price of the Lincoln MKC is right in the middle of the competition.
After driving the vehicle for this review, I felt that the car was well worth the price it was commanding. This crossover has everything that its European counterparts have to offer. The crossover is comfortable, luxurious, spacious, fast, and moderately fuel-efficient.
However, if you do not need all the features and options that my test car came equipped with, you can always bypass those features in the options list and save yourself some additional money and still drive away in a well equipped model which meets all the need you are looking for in a vehicle in this segment, To configure your own 2015 Lincoln MKC, click here
The 2015 Lincoln MKC is a very competent and well packaged entry-level luxury mid-size crossover and does a good job of holding its ground among its domestic and European competitors.
Is this crossover perfect?, well, no. But considering the fact that it is Lincoln’s first entry into this highly contested segment in the American auto industry, this crossover is all right.
I believe that the Lincoln MKC does have enough strength and charisma to attract young and adventurous consumers into the showroom. But, will it attract buyers away from its competitors’ showrooms? Well, that completely depends on the consumer. With that being said, go to your local Lincoln dealership, get behind the wheel of the MKC and decide for yourself if this new entry from Lincoln is the right crossover for you.
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