My wife's car was due for replacement. Having owned 4 Audis and 5 Porsches over the last 40+ years, our first stops were to look at the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan. Fine vehicles by any standard and no doubt, worth their price. But my closest P/A dealerships are 30+ miles away. And then there is the cost of routine maintenance. Even if it is only once or twice a year the bills do add up. Stopped by our local Lincoln dealer. Family-owned operation, not a mega-dealer.Drove a 2016 MkX and a 2017 MkC. Bought the C. AWD, 2.3 liter turbo 4, 19" wheels and a whole bunch of other stuff. More technology than I will ever need or want. Quiet, solid. No wind noise at 75mph. The 2.3 liter has more than enough low end grunt and can run all day at 80mph.Lincoln is certainly trying to up their game. Call for service and the dealer comes to your house or place of business, drops off a loaner and takes your vehicle in for service. Your vehicle gets, serviced, washed and returned to you. Not a bad deal. Is the MkC comparable to a Q5 or Macan? Not really. But I have an extremely competent smaller SUV that cost between $10k and $20k less than its German counterparts, not counting the service cost differential. My one complaint is that those 19" diameter 45 series tires are not the friendliest on the oxen trails that pass for roads in my state.
I bought the 2017 MKC about a month ago and have been very happy with my purchase. Car rides beautifully and is extremely quiet on the inside. Gas millage so far is around 20, for an AWD that's not bad considering the weight of the car. All of the controls are easy to use and figure out. Car does shift a little odd at times but did read that's a problem with Ford products. All in all no complaints so far, driving does not seem to be an effort anymore!
We purchased a 2017 MKC in July and we LOVE it. We have the 2.0 engine, which provides great acceleration and good fuel economy (21.1 mpg). The interior is totally quiet and interior touches like the real wood trim, leather seats, and the stitching on the steering wheel and dash add to the elegant feel. The touch screen is convenient and very easy to use without having to refer to the owner's manual all the time. I can even choose the type of ride - sport, normal, or comfort (my favorite). The doors have a nice solid feel when you close them and the vehicle just looks and rides very classy.
I have the 2017 MKC Reserve. I have never been more pleased with a vehicle. As far as safety, it is incomparable. The blind spot alerts and lane drifting alarm (steering wheel vibration) is great. The interior with the wood trim is very well done, you certainly get your money's worth. The ride is smooth and quiet and it handles fantastic. I can open the tailgate by waiving my foot underneath it lol, so that works great when your hands are full. I love this car.