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2017 Lincoln MKC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lincoln MKC was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2017 Lincoln MKC's cabin has an upscale design fitted with mostly high-quality materials. Still, there are some low-rent trim pieces that don't match the quality of those in some competitors. The seats up front are comfortable, but there's little legroom in the back. The MKC's SYNC 3 infotainment system comes standard, is intuitive to use, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You'll find more cargo space in many rivals.

  • "There are a few areas where the MKC is less appealing than some of its competitors. The backseat and cargo area are small, while some of the interior parts don't look or feel very high quality." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • In our interior evaluation of the 2016 MKC, we tipped our cap to the good folks at Lincoln for creating a genuinely luxurious environment." -- AutoTrader (2016)

Seating

You can fit up to five people in the 2017 MKC's cabin. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats are standard, while leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated power tilting and telescoping steering wheel are optional. Spending the extra money for the optional leather upholstery is worth it for its luxurious softness.

You'll have plenty of headroom in both the front and back seats, but legroom is another story. The rear seats have limited legroom with the front seats far forward, so if there's a tall passenger up front the rear seats become even more cramped. If you plan to drive around with adults in the rear seats frequently, you may be better off with the Infiniti QX50 or Lexus NX, both of which have ample rear-seat legroom.

Active noise cancellation comes standard in all models, and it does an excellent job of negating any road noise that makes its way inside. You'll have a fairly good view of the road ahead if you're in the front seats, but the view to the rear is blocked by the thick roof pillars. Fortunately, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors come standard, making it easier to see behind you when backing up.

  • "Perhaps the MKC's greatest weakness is its lack of space. Backseat legroom is tighter than most rivals, with tall folks up front creating a squeeze for those in back." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • 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." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Interior Features

The base Lincoln MKC Premiere comes well-equipped for the price, with standard features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, dual USB ports, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a proximity key, Lincoln's MyKey system, remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a 14-speaker THX premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, front parking sensors, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, and blind spot monitoring.

The MKC has a long list of standard features with one of the lowest base prices in the class, giving you a lot of bang for your buck. All models come with Lincoln's SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is intuitive to use thanks to its large and easy-to-see buttons. The system recognizes smartphonelike gestures like pinching and swiping. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, so you can use some of your smartphone's apps on the infotainment screen.

The center console is uncluttered because the MKC uses gear selection buttons on the center stack rather than a traditional stick gearshift. Audiophiles will love the optional THX audio system that delivers exceptional sound quality. Whether you spend the extra cash for the THX system or stick with the standard audio system, you'll be able to stream your own music via Bluetooth.

See 2017 Lincoln MKC specs and trims »

  • "We've found Sync 3 to be an agreeable user interface and appreciate its large virtual buttons that minimize the amount of time your eyes are away from the road." -- Edmunds
  • "If you crave the latest tech, you'll love the extraordinarily deep feature set. We should warn you about the available THX II Certified Audio system too, because once you hear it pump out your favorite tunes like you're in a surround-sound movie theater, it'll be hard to resist forking over the extra dough." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • "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)

Cargo

The MKC has a typical amount of cargo room for a luxury compact SUV, with 25.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 53.1 cubic feet with them folded. Still, if you plan to do a lot of hauling, you will be better off with a roomier competitor like the Volvo XC60 or Acura RDX.

The base MKC comes standard with a power liftgate to help make loading easy. You can even have a hands-free power liftgate in higher trims that opens when you wave your foot under the rear bumper so you won't even have to put down your shopping bags. Around the cabin, there's plenty of cubbies to stow your small personal items.

  • "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. Most competitors offer more, with the Acura RDX, Jaguar F-Pace and Volvo XC60 being the class leaders." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

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