The 2018 Lincoln MKC may not be the first choice for many buyers. It just out for a few years, and recently Lincoln has made more efforts to improve the quality of its vehicles and brands it represents. But take look and you could be very impressed with what Lincoln has to offer.
The basic requirements are certainly covered well in the 2018 Lincoln MKC. It offers smooth ride quality, quiet cabin and plenty of standard features. The MKC is also cheaper than most rivals. Convenient and affordable for many crossover SUV buyers, it will be an interesting combination.
Look further, and you’ll find the MKC not as luxurious as some competitors. The MKC rear seats and cargo area are small, and some of the interior materials don’t feel and look very high quality. Performance is slightly disappointing though the MKC power looks great on paper. It also disappointed that Lincoln limit the availability of the MKC advanced safety features.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Lincoln MKC is a five-passenger compact luxury SUV available in four trims levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label.
Standard equipment for the MKC Premiere include keyless ignition and entry, 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, heated mirrors, remote start, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver-seat memory functions, heated power-adjustable front seats (eight-way driver seat with four-way lumbar control, and four-way passenger), leather upholstery, a 60/40-split reclining and folding back seat.
Standard tech features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch touchscreen, the Sync 3 infotainment interface, two USB ports, Lincoln Connect with Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The MKC Select adds a cargo cover, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, ambient interior light, a power-adjustable steering wheel, an eight-way power passenger seat, upgraded leather on the steering wheel and seats. Options include a panoramic sunroof and the Select Plus package, which adds a blind-spot warning system and a navigation system.
The MKC Reserve include all above features along with a hands-free liftgate, ventilated front seats and an onboard modem that allows for remote functions. A 19 and 20-inch wheels are also available.
The 2018 Lincoln MKC Black Label adds unique exterior and interior trim, 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers (optional on Select and Reserve), a simulated suede headliner, extended leather interior trim, upgraded leather upholstery and special color choices.
Optional for the Select, Reserve and Black Label is a 14-speaker THX II sound system and the Climate package (automatic wipers, automatic high beams, a wiper de-icer, heated steering wheel and rear seats).
For the Reserve and Black Label, the Technology package will give you an automatic parking system, a forward collision warning and mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention.
The 2018 Lincoln MKC is powered exclusively by turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines that produce 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an option.
EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 23 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) with front-wheel-drive. The all-wheel-drive models return 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway) or 22 (19/25) when equipped with the optional automatic stop-start system (standard with front-wheel drive).
Optional for the Select, Reserve and Black Label trim is a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. It also uses a six-speed automatic and only available with all-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy rating at 20 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway).
Despite having relatively strong output numbers, it revealed more modest results. At performance testing, the 2018 Lincoln MKC FWD with the base 2.0-liter engine accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds, which is slower than average for a small luxury crossover. The MKC 2.3 EcoBoost AWD took 7.2 seconds on the same sprint, which is also slower than the base engines of many competitors.
When you first sit behind the MKC wheels, you may be wondering what Lincoln did to the shifter. Lincoln chose to present the MKC transmission as a vertical stack of buttons to the left of the touchscreen, opening useful storage areas in the central stack where the shift lever usually located. We can not deny the increased versatility produced, but the shift button itself does not feel as high-quality as expected.
Overall, the 2018 Lincoln MKC material quality is good, but still below what is offered by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, Audi and Lexus. On the other hand, it’s very competitive standard Sync 3 system has a smartphone-like touchscreen interface, and when equipped with navigation, it includes swiping and pinch-to-zoom motions. It also provides Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes-Free functionality for iPhone users as well as Android Auto.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the MKC is the lack of space. The rear seat space is tighter than most rivals, with tall people up front creating a squeeze for them in the back. The cargo capacity is also disappointing. The MKC offers only 25.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 53.1 cubes with rear seats folded down. Most competitors offer more, with Volvo XC60, Jaguar F-Pace and Acura RDX as class leaders.
Release dates and price
The 2018 Lincoln MKC SUV is available at the dealership for purchase now. Key competitors include the BMW X3, Acura RDX and Volvo XC60 SUV.
Official price for the base MKC Premiere starts at $34,280 (include the $925 destination charge). The Select costs $37,035, while the Reserve trim has a starting price tag of $40,910. The Black Label is the most luxurious MKZ and costs $46,900. All-wheel drive as a $2,410 option.