Lincoln’s redesigned MKC for 2019 is anything but an entry-level offering.
Words unt photos. Angus MacKenzie + Lincoln
A few months back I had the opportunity to run out Lincoln’s revised for 2019 MKC SUV. Considered “entry level” by Lincoln the tight n lean wee sporty utilitarian vehicle feels more like a mid-level than baseline model.
Our model featuring the 2.3L twin-scroll, 285 hp/305 ft.lb of torque turbocharged inline four proved to be quick off the line and through mid-range. Power starts to peter a bit at higher speeds but for most drivers in this segment they won’t likely miss the higher top end shortcomings. Performance figures have the 2.3L turbo model hitting 60 mph in a right respectable 6.1 seconds (96 kph). Want to take it to the track this weekend? Could do worse as it will run the 1/4 mile in a respectable 14.4 seconds.
More geeky facts and interesting figures can be found over at this thing known as the AUTOMOBILE CATALOG. There you’ll find way more than I’m willing to type out or bore you with in this post.
Ride quality is comfy sporty good inside thanks to Lincoln’s mix of decent hard and soft surface materials. The thing shows damn fine on the inside and feels like a much higher end SUV. Something Lincoln buyers are likely drawn too vs a more subdued, humourless German offering.
Thanks to its smaller, tighter proportions, AWD offering and bigly rubber bits the 2019 MKC handles extremely well. While it won’t put a Honda S2000 to shame in autoslalom, the smallish SUV (still weighs 1800 kg / 3968 lbs) shows quality composure in real world left right, stop go situations for a vehicle of this mandate.
At around the $50,000 CAD mark the 2019 Lincoln MKC makes a strong suv argument for “less is more”. While storage and rear leg room aren’t what some consumers might want, the overall package of design, performance, handling, AWD and small proportions will definitely appeal to a certain clientele.
Performance 8.5 / 10 | Interior trim comfort 8.75 / 10 | Handling 8.0 / 10 | Design styling 8.95 / 10 | Ride 8.35 normal mode/ 7.95 sport | Transmission 8.5/10 | Fit finish 8.75 / 10