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2016 Lincoln MKC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lincoln MKC was new.


Interior: 7.8

The 2016 Lincoln MKC has a nice interior feel, reviewers say, although some were disappointed with a few finishes. The high-end materials that are present impress critics, however. The front seats are comfortable, according to test drivers, but the rear seats are cramped. Reviewers like the many standard and optional features the MKC offers, and they add that the ride is exceptionally quiet.

  • "As the first vehicle from the new Lincoln Design Studio, the 2016 MKC's well-finished cabin has a definite 'class-above' character." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unlike in the MKZ, actual buttons and knobs control the climate-control and audio systems. While this is a step forward, the seat bottoms aren't particularly supportive, and the Bridge of Weir leather isn't especially special. The interior might not scream Ford, but it still screams MKZ, which barely whimpers luxury." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "But what struck me about the MKC is the well-executed interior. The dash has a great flow about it and the instrument panel gauges look like something designed in Switzerland instead of Dearborn. The touch points are soft." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "Inside, the littlest Lincoln lives up to its luxury billing. The dashtop and even the console are covered with thinly padded leather, while the armrests and door tops - where your elbows might rest - both get deeper padding under their leather coverings. Nice aluminum or wood trim augments a choice of four interior hues, including two-tone choices, resulting in a rich ambience." -- Consumer Guide (2015)


The base 2016 MKC has room for five and features heated and power-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Optional features include leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats. Test drivers praise the MKC for offering an extremely quiet ride. They add that the available leather seats feel soft and contribute to a relaxed ride. Most critics agree that rear-seat legroom is lacking, and some think that taller passengers may have trouble getting comfortable, even in the front seats.

  • "Luxury cars are supposed to be quiet, so Lincoln insures the MKC's cabin remains hushed by way of the vehicle's audio system. Active noise control cancels out obtrusive sound waves making Bluetooth conversations a bit easier and long road trips a little more enjoyable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MKC's backseat offers adequate legroom unless there are tall folks in front, in which case it's pretty cramped back there. You can make it work, but rivals like the Acura RDX and BMW X3 are more accommodating." -- Edmunds
  • Interior space is adequate for most adults, but taller folks might find a larger SUV more to their liking. There's good headroom front and rear, but the front seats don't go far enough back to accommodate those long of leg, and pushed as far back as they'll go, rear leg room gets tight. Visibility is okay to the front corners, but thick side and rear pillars block quite a bit, making the aforementioned standard rearview camera and rear obstacle detection a great help when backing." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • We're much happier about the upscale 'Deepsoft' leather from Scotland's Bridge of Weir, which is standard on all but the base MKC Premiere trim. It lives up to its name, with a luxuriously pillowy texture and handsome stitch-lines on both cushions and door panels. The seats themselves are power-adjusted, heated and cooled units that had us wishing for slightly longer lower squabs and perhaps frames that were a bit larger overall, as they're one of the only reminders up front that you're sitting in a compact vehicle." -- Autoblog (2015)

Interior Features

The Lincoln MKC’s standard features include a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, push-button start, push-button shifting, a media hub with two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The MKC also comes standard with the new SYNC 3 infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touch-screen display, Siri Eyes-Free functionality for iPhone users, Bluetooth and AppLink, which lets you connect your smartphone to the system and control your favorite apps with voice commands. Available features include voice-activated navigation, a 14-speaker THX II audio system, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, a panoramic sunroof, lane keep assist, collision warning, active park assist and the MyLincoln mobile app, which allows you to use your smartphone to lock, unlock and start the vehicle.

Automotive writers praise the MKC for its many standard and available features. They note that the push-button gear selector, which replaces a traditional gearshift, frees up space in the cabin and adds to the MKC’s versatility. Critics say that the SYNC 3 system has an easy-to-use smartphone-like interface and responds to pinch-and-zoom and swiping motions.  

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  • "An extensive list of standard features -- including the new Sync 3 touchscreen interface -- and a low starting price mean the MKC delivers plenty of value for the money, too." -- Edmunds
  • " On the positive side, all controls are easy to reach, and automatic climate control is standard, so you probably won't have to fuss with them much." -- Consumer Guide (2015)


The 2016 Lincoln MKC offers 25.2 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 53.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Those numbers are about average for the class, although reviewers lament the limited space when compared against some class rivals. Critics did praise the MKC for its abundant interior storage space beyond just the glove compartment. The MKC also has an available power liftgate that opens by waving a foot under the rear bumper.

  • "Maximum cargo space - expanding from 25.3 cubic feet to 53.1 with the seatbacks folded - falls well below its larger Acura, Audi and BMW rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo capacity is also disappointing. The MKC offers 25.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 53.1 cubes with the rear seatbacks folded down. Rivals such as the RDX and Volvo XC60 are notably roomier." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Interior storage is quite good, in part due to the aforementioned gear selector. A smallish two-tiered glovebox is joined by a large two-tiered console box with 12-volt outlet, along with two open cupholders, a forward console bin (with Aux, dual USB, SD card, and 12-volt jacks), and medium-sized map pockets in the doors." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "There's also 25.2 cubic feet of storage behind the second row, which is more than enough room for five people's luggage or all the groceries a growing family might need for a week. Speaking of which, if your hands are full, the MKC offers that liftgate that opens when you wag your foot under it. It's a neat feature that debuted on the Escape." -- Motor Trend (2015)

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