2015 Lincoln MKC Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Generous standard equipment
- comfortable and quiet highway ride
- good value.
- Snug backseat
- modest cargo capacity
- lackluster performance
- touchscreen interface can be finicky to use.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC doesn't set any new standards for the small luxury crossover segment. But as a stylish alternative to the class favorites, it's a smart choice.
Is that the name of a new Lincoln or a stock market ticker symbol? Even we have a hard time keeping our Lincolns straight, but all you really need to know about the 2015 Lincoln MKC is that it's a genuinely competitive compact luxury crossover.
The MKC has good genetics on its side, as it's mechanically based on the excellent Ford Escape. Note the word "based," as opposed to past Lincoln efforts that were more akin to removing a Ford oval and slapping on a Lincoln badge. It certainly doesn't look much like an Escape. Indeed, if the MKC imitates any particular vehicle, it's the Audi Q5. Lincoln has clearly drawn inspiration from the Q5's distinctive liftgate and integrated taillights, and the profiles of the two are rather similar. But the winged grille is pure Lincoln, and the overall effect is quite pleasing to the eye. The MKC's cabin also pleases with its tasteful wood accents and sleek, high-tech dashboard.
The MKC gets the Escape's more powerful, optional turbocharged engine as standard equipment. This 2.0-liter four-cylinder cranks out a respectable 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, but you can also get an upgrade, to a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder good for 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Complementing this power is the MKC's optional adaptive suspension, which gives the MKC an excellent ride quality on the highway.
As good as the Edmunds "B" rated MKC is, there are some exceptionally desirable models in this segment. Top choices include the practical 2015 Acura RDX, the stylish Audi Q5, the sporty 2015 BMW X3, the classy Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and the family-friendly 2015 Volvo XC60. Truth be told, we'd be hard-pressed to give the MKC a decisive nod over any of these outstanding vehicles. But the MKC holds its own, and it's typically priced lower than these competitors as well. If you're looking for an alternative to the usual suspects, a 2015 MKC at the right price could be a compelling candidate.
2015 Lincoln MKC models
The 2015 Lincoln MKC is a five-passenger compact luxury crossover SUV. There are available packages/equipment groups known as Premiere, Select and Reserve.
Standard equipment for the base MKC (Premiere) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), driver memory settings, a four-way power front passenger seat, heated front seat and leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery. On the technology front you'll find an 8-inch touchscreen with the MyLincoln Touch interface, a rearview camera, voice controls (Sync) and a nine-speaker audio system with two USB ports, an SD card reader and satellite radio.
The Select package (required with the 2.3-liter engine) adds power-folding side mirrors, leather upholstery, an eight-way power passenger seat (with power lumbar), ambient interior lighting and a cargo cover. The Reserve gets you a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate with a foot sensor, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system, a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert and an embedded modem that enables remote communication with the vehicle via the MyLincoln Mobile smartphone app (including GPS location, remote start and status checks for fuel, tire pressures, etc.).
Depending on configuration, additional features are also available. The Climate package comes with automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Technology package contributes adaptive cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, a forward collision warning system and an automated parallel-parking system. Stand-alone options include adaptive suspension dampers, 19- or 20-inch wheels and a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system.
Performance & mpg
The 2015 Lincoln MKC's base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It's connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. For this engine, front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Fuel economy is EPA rated at 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway) with FWD and 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) with AWD.
During Edmunds performance testing, an MKC with front-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter engine went from zero to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds, a slow time for this class of vehicle.
The optional 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder churns out 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. It comes only with AWD. Fuel economy is barely affected at 21 mpg combined (18 city/26 highway). In our testing, an all-wheel-drive MKC with the 2.3-liter engine accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. It's an improvement, but most competing crossover SUVs are still quicker.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC comes standard with stability control, antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, front-seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard is MyKey, which allows parents to set electronic parameters (such as maximum speed and radio volume) for when teenagers are behind the wheel. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a frontal collision warning with emergency brake priming are optional.
In government crash tests, the MKC received four out of five possible stars, with four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side crash protection. However, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration did note a safety concern for the MKC: "During the side impact test, the left rear passenger door unlatched and opened. A door opening during a side-impact crash increases the likelihood of occupant ejection."
During Edmunds performance testing, an MKC with the 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, which is several feet longer than average for the segment. An MKC with all-wheel drive and the 2.3-liter engine came to a stop in a much more respectable 121 feet.
The 2015 MKC's base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine packs a suitable amount of punch for most situations. Despite its spec sheet numbers, the 2.3-liter engine doesn't feel a whole lot quicker. It's also noticeably less potent than the six-cylinder variants of the Q5, X3 and GLK.
If you want a luxury crossover with a comfortable and quiet cabin, then getting the MKC with its optional adaptive suspension is a good choice. On long highway journeys, the MKC feels smooth and relaxed. And thanks in part to a standard active noise-cancellation system, it's also very quiet. When the road bends, though, the MKC is less appealing. The comfort-tuned suspension allows a lot of body roll, or lean, which cuts back on how precise the MKC feels. All-wheel-drive models feel a bit more nimble in turns thanks to their torque-vectoring technology.
When you first slip behind the MKC's wheel, you may find yourself wondering what they did with the shifter. Since it's all run by computers anyway, Lincoln has elected to present the MKC's transmission as a vertical stack of buttons to the left of the touchscreen, opening up a handy storage area at the base of the center stack where the shift lever normally resides. The shift buttons themselves don't feel as high quality as we'd like, but we can't argue with the increased versatility that results.
Overall materials quality in the MKC isn't a home run, but we'll call it a solid double off the wall. The tastefully finished wood inlays and available leather upholstery impress, though the generic Ford-spec climate buttons and the dashboard's dull silver-painted plastic trim do not. The standard MyLincoln Touch (a.k.a. MyFord Touch) system handles Bluetooth, audio, navigation and other vehicle functions via its crisp 8-inch touchscreen. In practice, however, MyLincoln Touch's processing speeds still seem sluggish during certain tasks. Nonetheless, it is improved over past iterations and tech-savvy owners will likely appreciate the system's capabilities.
The MKC's backseat offers adequate legroom unless there are tall folks in front, in which case it's pretty cramped back there. You can make it work, but rivals like the Acura RDX and BMW X3 are more accommodating. Cargo capacity is also disappointing. The MKC offers 25.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 53.1 cubes with the rear seatbacks folded down. Rivals such as the RDX and Volvo XC60 are notably roomier.
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Features & Specs
NHTSA Overall Rating4 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover16.4%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestNot Tested
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
More About This Model
The 2015 Lincoln MKC is a new compact luxury crossover with an excellent ride, distinctive styling and an abundance of equipment at a price that undercuts most competitors by thousands of dollars. However, its interior space, cabin materials and build quality trail most competitors.
What Is It?
The 2015 Lincoln MKC is a five-passenger compact luxury SUV. Though it shares its basic structure (and its wheelbase) with the Ford Escape, the MKC is 1 inch wider and 1.1 inches longer than the Ford, and unlike past Lincoln efforts, it feels more like a distant cousin to the more plebian Ford than a full-fledged sibling.
Although it's bigger than the Escape, the MKC is still smaller than some of its main competitors. For instance, the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 both have a wheelbase that's almost 5 inches longer. That difference translates into reduced front- and rear-seat passenger legroom. The cargo area is also on the small side for the segment, limiting its appeal as a family hauler.
Two engines are available: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder good for 240 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder rated at 285 hp. Both are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift paddle controls.
All-wheel drive is standard with the larger engine and optional on the base 2.0-liter. Pricing is tied to these powertrain combinations, with the base 2.0 EcoBoost hitting the register at $33,100 ($33,995 with destination). Adding all-wheel drive bumps it up to $35,595; opting for the 2.3 EcoBoost AWD costs $39,965. All those pricing levels undercut most competitors.
How Does It Drive?
Lincoln engineers benchmarked Audi's Q5, BMW's X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLK throughout the MKC's development. The result is a well-controlled chassis with more capability than most drivers will ever use. Throw it into a corner and there are quick responses and meaningful feedback. Its overall balance is quite good, and placing the small SUV on the road is easy.
To get the best responses, you need to opt for the optional three-mode Continuously Control Damping Suspension. In its most aggressive "Sport" mode it not only firms up the suspension but also adds extra weight to the steering, sharpens throttle response, alters transmission programming and even tweaks the active noise-cancellation system to make things sound sporty.
It is ultimately the other two settings that are more impressive, however, and make the CCD suspension a must-have on the MKC (a $650 option with front-wheel drive, standard on both all-wheel-drive models). In the "Normal" setting, the MKC strikes as close to an ideal balance of comfort and control as you'll find in the compact luxury crossover segment. Whereas many competitors have stiff rides in an effort to be sporty, the MKC is quite happy to offer comfort as the norm.
The "Comfort" suspension setting is even softer, offering an old-school Lincoln float and a genuine pillowlike suppleness that you really don't feel these days in any type of car, let alone compact SUVs. Indeed, if you place ride comfort high atop your list of priorities, the MKC is one of the best in the segment.
What Kind of Performance Does It Deliver?
Around town or when passing on the highway, the base MKC 2.0 EcoBoost provides an ample kick of low-end power. It actually feels quite quick, but our track test results tell a different story. Sprinting from zero to 60 mph took 8.0 seconds, making this MKC one of the slowest members of the compact luxury crossover segment. It's about a second slower than average, and it's a difference you're bound to notice most when merging onto a highway.
The 2.3 EcoBoost is the way to go if you want more competitive acceleration. Its 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds more closely aligns with the base engines found in the Audi Q5 and Lexus NX 200t, but is still a bit off the pace. You may ultimately not notice as it, too, feels plenty powerful around town.
The 2.0 EcoBoost returns an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway) with front-wheel drive, and 22 mpg combined (19/26) with all-wheel drive. Despite its power advantage, the 2.3 EcoBoost still manages to deliver 21 mpg combined (18/26).
In our testing, both engines delivered similar fuel economy on the 116-mile Edmunds evaluation route, with a front-drive 2.0 returning 25.8 mpg and the all-wheel-drive 2.3 returning 25.5. Both the EPA and Edmunds fuel economy results are essentially identical to primary competitors like the Audi Q5, Lexus NX 200t and Volvo XC60.
How Luxurious Is the Cabin?
Stitched leather and open pore wood inlays give the MKC character and quality in places where recent Lincolns had neither, yet the overall quality of the center stack plastics, switchgear and various interior panels trails that of most competitors. It's certainly much better than any Ford products, but it still feels a step behind the class leaders. One standout feature is the optional seat leather, which is as good as you'll find in anything from Audi and BMW.
The overall design is distinctive, as the center control stack juts out toward the driver, with a media player bin and cupholders below it. There's no traditional transmission shifter; instead, shifting gears is accomplished by pressing buttons aligned vertically on the center stack. It's gimmicky to be sure, but we got used to it quickly and it doesn't negatively affect drivability.
The frustrating touchpad climate and audio buttons used in Lincoln's sedans have been replaced in the MKC with easily deciphered physical buttons. The MyLincoln Touch screen is also much closer to the driver than in other Lincolns and is placed at an angle that better reduces glare. The system can still be prone to some glitches, however, and many of the on-screen icons and buttons are too small. Using the Sync voice controls can alleviate these issues at times, but it's still not intuitive enough to use easily.
How Much Passenger and Cargo Space Is There?
This is an area that shoppers should consider closely, especially those with children, because they expect their sport-utility vehicle to offer more practicality than a sedan. The front seat did not adjust far enough back for our tallest drivers to be comfortable. And even if it did offer more adjustment, there would be virtually no legroom left in the backseat.
The area behind the second row offers 25.2 cubic feet of space, making it one of the smallest cargo areas in the segment. Even a set of golf clubs struggles to fit diagonally.
When it comes to its maximum cargo capacity, the MKC is more competitive but still tight. With 53.1 cubic feet of available space, it's similar in size to the Lexus NX 200t, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Range Rover Evoque.
What Kind of Features Do You Get for the Price?
Even the most basic, $33,995 MKC includes HID headlamps, heated seats, driver memory function, push-button start, parking sensors and the MyLincoln Touch driver interface. Equipment like this usually costs extra, even in this luxury segment.
Our 2.0 EcoBoost test car included the adaptive suspension, a navigation system, a blind-spot warning system and optional leather seating, which boosted the as-tested price to $38,975. This represents exceptional value for the segment that's only matched by the Acura RDX. By comparison, a similarly equipped Audi Q5 or Cadillac SRX would be about $5,000 more; a Volvo XC60 is about $4,000 more.
Our 2.3 EcoBoost test car was so loaded with features that it topped the $50,000 mark. It included automated parallel parking, 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled seats, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and a 14-speaker THX sound system.
How Safe Is It?
In government crash testing, the MKC received four out of five stars for overall crash testing, along with four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side protection.
Seven airbags (including a driver's knee airbag) are standard, as is a rearview camera. Available features include a lane-keeping system and blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert as well as a collision warning system that alerts the driver of a potential accident ahead. A driver alert system monitors driver attentiveness and issues an audible warning if it senses reduced alertness.
In Edmunds brake testing, the MKC 2.0 came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, which is several feet longer than average. The MKC 2.3, on the other hand, stopped in a more acceptable 122 feet. The more aggressive tires that come standard on the 2.3-liter model likely account for the shorter stops. Both models use all-season tires, while some of the MKC's competitors use higher-performance summer tires that help to produce even shorter distances.
What Are Its Closest Competitors?
If the MKC's value is appealing, it would be smart to check out the Acura RDX. It doesn't offer the sheer volume of features, but lines up with the Lincoln when similarly equipped. The Acura is a bit bigger, though, and its single engine choice, a 3.5-liter V6, matches the MKC's fuel economy and betters its acceleration.
Lincoln benchmarked the Audi Q5 when designing the MKC, and it shows. The two cars are similar in size and their general look, while putting an emphasis on stylish design. The Q5's interior is of a higher quality and its backseat legroom is more generous, but the Lincoln offers a better ride.
The Lexus NX 200t is another new kid on the block that puts an emphasis on design, refinement, comfort and feature content rather than maximum utility. It, too, comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder, but stands apart with its available hybrid model.
Why Should You Consider this Car?
It offers an exceptional ride, quiet cabin, strong value, copious features and a distinctive American take on luxury. Its fuel economy, warranty and two years of free scheduled maintenance are additional features worth considering.
Why Should You Think Twice About this Car?
It's slower than most competitors, regardless of engine, so if you value strong acceleration the MKC may disappoint. Its interior isn't as nice as some others in the segment either, and there's limited cargo and rear passenger space. We also noted some instances of poor build quality on our early production test vehicles.
The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.
Used 2015 Lincoln MKC Overview
The Used 2015 Lincoln MKC is offered in the following submodels: MKC SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Black Label 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Black Label 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Pre-owned Lincoln MKC models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 240 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2015 Lincoln MKC comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2015 Lincoln MKC comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Should I lease or buy a 2015 Lincoln MKC?
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