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VinceL inspects the MKC(s) at his local Lincoln dealer....

Posted 07-08-2014 at 08:42 PM by

I stopped by the local Lincoln dealer today and they had 3 MkC's sitting out front (Silver, Black, and White), with a 4th sitting under the awning, which turns out it was being delivered as we walked up to check it out. It had the white sand/espresso interior that I wanted to see in person. While I was congratulating the new owner I was taking peeks inside and I liked the color combination (the espresso looked a lot darker in person than in photos and the white sand looked brighter).

I took a few photos and I will post those after we get back from dinner. I will also share my impressions of the vehicle after sitting in it for a decent amount of time, poking, prodding, and forming opinions the whole time. First off, I have to apologize for the quality of the photography as I didn't have my real camera with me and the overcast day really messed with the exposure on my phone.




When I first walked up to the car, it struck me how handsome it is in person. Also I noticed how much smaller it seemed in person as opposed to photographs. The vehicle has a nice presence and the flowing lines and crisp details signal that this car has something special going on. It is very distinctive and looked great just sitting there. Getting back to the size, the overall proportions gave me the impression that this vehicle is smaller than the Escape, which I know not to be true, but it shows itself as a more tightly integrated package where every inch of the car is business and very little is wasted on trying too hard to impress (which is a failing of many cars today). The design just works, and it is a clean and purposeful one that pleases the eye a razor focus on getting the details right without stumbling over itself in the process. This thing looks good! Holy crap, that picture is terrible!!!!







The interior was very nice. Soft touch materials abound with a reasonably good attention to detail. I say reasonably good because while the overall impression was one of quality and careful assembly, there were a few places that were inconsistent. By this I mean in a few places, the gaps between panels and materials, while mostly tight and clean, weren't always consistent. In most cars, these oversights would go unnoticed as there would be these gaps all over and none would look out of place, but in the MkC, a good example of the inconsistency is where the wood trim meets the dash over the glove box. 90% of the time, you couldn't get the tip of a needle in the interface of the two materials, but then a few inches down the seam would open up the slightest bit. Normally this would not be noticeable, but with the rest of the seam being darn near seamless, these types of issues with fit and finish become that much more apparent.

High quality materials surround the occupants as they sit in VERY comfortable seats. The leather is buttery soft and of a much higher quality than we found in the Navigator we sat in, or the Acuras we checked out at the next stop. Leather doesn't impress me as I am not really a fan, but my bias aside, I could tell this was nice stuff. I did notice a disconcerting amount of flex in the door panel when I applied some pressure to it. I think it could have used an attachment point to two more or greater stiffening as that gave a cheap feel to an otherwise very nice interior. The interior on the whole, physically fit me very well. The window sill was the perfect height for resting my elbow (big point of contention for me in our Explorer), the center armrest was a good size (but could have been a touch wider for the comfort of both front passengers), the steering wheel felt great, and all controls were in easy reach. I could very easily get in and out of the car (front and back) without dragging myself over the edge of the seat nor falling into it. It is the perfect height for me. I really like the push-button tranny. It is a simple thing but I really like the design. The little cubby at the bottom of the instrument stack was a good size and fit my HTC 8x and my friend's Galaxy S4 fine (though his might be a little tighter fit when plugged in). The plastic of the IP center stack is a matte finish and lightly textured which should do fine in hiding normal use and abuse. Thankfully there is nary a high gloss surface to be scratched!


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    QUOTE=VinceL (continued)
    Here is an example of the fit and finish coming up short. The good news, this is obviously real wood. The bad news is that the edge was sloppily finished. In a charcoal interiored car at the end of the 3 car row, the darker redwood was finished to a much higher standard and just looked better to me. If Lincoln wants to be a serious contender, they need to keep an eye out for these little things that can so easily detract from an otherwise impressive interior experience.



    Thank goodness for bringing back buttons and knobs! Shame on Lincoln for not executing them better. I really liked the satin metal feel of the knobs, but the tactile experience was ruined by a terrible mechanical feel during operation. Little clicky detents were nothing short of a shame. The knobs in my '93 protege had a better action. Lose the detents all together and give me a knob with a nice amount of resistance and make sure that it doesn't wobble a bit when you grab it. I like the simplified button arrangement but again the overall experience was marred by cheap feeling action. They could take a few lessons from Acura on this one as the first thing I noticed in the MDX and RDX was the better tactile feel of the action of the switch gear. It isn't horrible, and better than Lincoln has put out in the past, but I keep finding myself going back to the feeling that the other aspects of the car are setting such high standards that things like this stand out just that much more. I suggest they go back to the drawing board and rethink their strategies and designs. They can and should do better. Remain consistent (and I mean in maintaining the high standards set by aspects of the vehicle)!






    So here is the backseat experience. It is a mixed bag. The seating is once again top notch comfort-wise, and I found them more comfortable than the ones in the Escape (which I have spent some time in which as a back seat passenger/driver). On the other hand, the rear seat area seemed tighter to me. I had very little room for my feet under the front seat, not a lot of space in front of my knees, and my head kept rubbing on the edge of the headliner as it curved to meet the moonroof. The rubbing of the head was the most annoying. For measure, I am 5'11" with most of my height in my torso. If I shifted to the right and rested on the armrest, it was okay, but that just brings me to the armrest. I HATE armrests that have the cup holders down the middle of them, especially when the armrest itself is so narrow. The cupholders need to go somewhere else. I don't care where, but they need to move. On the good side, the skinny little part that you arm could rest on was nice and soft and very comfortable (what little part your arm actually touches). If only that comfort spanned the whole armrest it would have been fantastic. The armrest on the door was in the right spot and would have been a good place to rest if it didn't involve my hair getting mussed by the edge of the headliner.

    The view out was fine and I didn't at all feel confined in the space as much as I noticed the little things here and there that were a bit tight. I think the chocolate interior helped with that. We have the charcoal interior in our Explorer and it is like sitting in a dark cave and it has gotten old to me long ago (but it is my wife's car so I don't really care in the end). The lighter interior color really opened up the interior. Having sat in one with the charcoal interior, while it looked sharp, it was again nothing but a sea of dark materials. I'm over all that. There in lies the appeal of the white sand and espresso interior for me. While the stark contrast of the off-white and the dark brown might take a bit to get really used to, it is a great way to brighten up the cockpit yet still not frustrate the drive with bluejeans stained seat bottoms. Also, it is different and it stands out without being in your face. Classy and useful that color combination is.

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    QUOTE=VinceL (continued)

    All things considered (without a test drive to gain perspective on performance), this is a fine automobile. It generally fits me well and would satisfy my automotive needs comfortably and stylishly. It is not perfect, but the things I pointed out, while generally disappointing, are not show stoppers and can be remedied relatively easily (I would think, but I am not in the car business so I really don't know, lol). The feature set offered is impressive, the price is manageable, and attention is guaranteed wherever it goes. If Ford can step it up on reliability, offer a top-notch dealership/customer service experience, then I would have no reservations in dropping some cash on an MkC of my very own. I would like to see some different wheel choices, though I did notice that the cars on the lot seemed to have wheels that looked different from the choices on the website. I don't know if that was just seeing them in person or the wheels were actually different, but I liked the way they looked, though none were as cool as the concepts 'shoes'. One thing I would like to see improve is the mileage. I'm not expecting 40mpg going 80mph on the freeway, but I hope that real-world mileage meets and hopefully exceeds the ratings (I know that is not likely, but we can all hope). I don't know if the hybrid would be the answer or what, but the closer they get to 30mpg, the happier I would be.

    Final thought... I would be sorely tempted to replace my car with an MkC if (and when) the time comes my Subie gives up the ghost. If Lincoln can address the issues I found to my satisfaction, and build a solid and reliable vehicle while providing a solid ownership experience, it would be a no-brainer. The MkC has the looks, the feel, the features, and the size to fit me just right. You want my money Lincoln? Earn it!

    In the next few days as I come across things that I forgot to include above, I will add them to later posts in this thread. Of course, if anybody has any questions, either about my musings or the car itself, I will do my best to answer.

    Later all.

    P.S. - If I repeated myself, tended to ramble on, or just didn't make any sense please forgive me. I was exhausted and half asleep by the time I got around to typing all of this up
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    thread Link - - QUOTE=VinceL continued...

    This is the description with the vin# of the car in the pictures:

    2015 Lincoln MKC Base SUV

    Price:$41,325

    Stock #: FUJ03614
    Exterior Color: Ingot Silver
    Interior Color: Hazelnut

    VIN: 5LMCJ1A91FUJ03614 (click the vin to see the window sticker)

    Equipment Group 102A Reserve, Radio: Lincoln Premium Sound System w/SingleCD/MP3

    The one with the ebony interior we sat in was VIN#: 5LMCJ1A98FUJ03612

    As you will see, they both had the reserve package, so it was the nice leather inside. I would be interested in seeing what the pleather feels like though as a comparison.

    On a side note, after building a bunch of different configs on the Lincoln site, I can't say I like many of the wheel choices they offer. The ones I do like, aren't offered on the vehicles I would want! I wonder why Lincoln is being so restrictive with wheel choices, and also how much trouble would it be to have a different wheel design switched out (either when ordering or at the dealer before taking delivery)?
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    Great read!
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    Posted 07-08-2014 at 11:03 PM by Willwll313wll Willwll313wll is offline
 
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