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A Car That Makes You Proud

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is a brand-new model in the Lincoln family, which went on sale this May. Now 6 months have passed, but as of today it is still very hard to spot a Lincoln MKC on the street. The sales volume of the Lincoln MKC merely matched the BMW X3, but lacking behind the Lexus RX and the Audi Q5 by a factor of as high as 5 (sales figure of the MKC is only around 1/5 of the Lexus RX).

On paper the 2015 Lincoln MKC has beautiful specifications, and its shapes and styling looks OK in ads. In our test drive review, I will try to explain why the MKC doesn’t receive better recognition from the consumer.

The exterior shape of the Lincoln MKC is very close to the Ford Escape – because they share the same platform, and some of the trims even share the same engine and transmission.

How About the 2015 Lincoln MKC Wheelbase?

The MKC has a slightly longer wheelbase of 106.9in (compared to 105.9in for the Ford Escape). Similar optioned MKC is about 170 lb heavier than the Escape, due to the longer wheelbase and larger car body in almost all dimensions. Besides this, there are extra noise damping materials all around the cabin, which also contributes to the extra 170 lb of weight.

Our test car is the top-of-the-line trim equipped with the firm’s latest 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, which can also be found in the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost (but with a higher output). When the 2.3L engine is selected, Lincoln will also offer the AWD system as standard.

There is one major build quality issue on the exterior. The rear spoiler on the liftgate has two tips extended down on each sides. And guess what? They are only glued to the glass by something like two-sided tape or some other kind of adhesive. Obviously that can’t withstand the tough outside environmental conditions, and also the wind forces generated during high-speed driving. Therefore our almost-brand-new test car already has those two tips detached from its location.

Even though the Lincoln MKC is based on a front-wheel-drive platform, it has a relatively short overhang in the front. Due to the short length of the 4-cylinder engine in traverse mounted configuration.

Our MKC test car has the standard 235/50R18 tire on all four corners. Compared to other available options (P235/45R19; P245/45R19; P255/40R20), the standard tire size offers cushioned ride comfort and good linear acceleration.