The littlest SUV in Lincoln’s lineup gets a major makeover inside and out for 2019, giving it the looks and lengthy list of luxury features traditional buyers expect from the brand. To bring new shoppers into showrooms, just as much effort has been expended to ensure the 2019 Lincoln MKC comes equipped with the latest safety technology and infotainment features.
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2019 Lincoln MKC Overview
What's New for 2019
The most noticeable change is the MKC inherits the family’s new nose treatment, including the Lincoln-symbol mesh rectangular grille and LED headlights, and a restyled rear end. Automatic emergency braking and pedestrian collision avoidance have been added to the MKC’s safety tech suite, and Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a WiFi hot spot have been added to its infotainment system.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKC
Beyond its $34,920 (all prices include the $925 destination charge) base model, Lincoln chose to pull the MKC’s trim level titles from the world of wine making, with – in ascending order – the Select, Reserve, and Black Label.
All trims get a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque with automatic stop/start as standard. Reserve trim and above MKCs can be had with an optional 285-hp, 305-lb-ft of torque, 2.3-liter turbo inline-four for $1,140.
Front-wheel drive is the order of the day across the board for this five-seater, with all-wheel drive – and its accompanying three-mode adaptive suspension system – universally available for $2,410. Regardless of trim or configuration, the MKC puts its power down through a six-speed automatic transmission with center stack push button and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shift controls.
The MKC is available in four trims:
Though the base 2019 Lincoln MKC boasts a decent set of standard equipment, the Select model is where to go if you want leather, navigation, and a panoramic roof for the lowest MSRP. If you find you can’t do without the full safety suite and the model’s finest infotainment system, be prepared for an MSRP north of $45,000.
2019 Lincoln MKC Review
Lincoln has been in full-rebranding mode for several years, which took hold with the launch of the all-new Continental. The rest of the lineup is falling in line with the Continental-inspired nose, and the latest to get this update is the refreshed 2019 Lincoln MKC.
Is this refresh enough to separate this luxury crossover from its Ford Edge donor and push it into the mix with the big boys? Continue reading to find out.
While the 2019 Lincoln MKC is a high-end crossover in even its base trim, there is a lot to love about the MKC Reserve and the value it includes. It comes with all the premium goodies of the base and Select trims and adds a panoramic roof, sharper wheels, navigation, heated and cooled seats, a hands-free liftgate, and more. It sets this crossover up nicely against its key German rivals without carrying a ridiculous price tag.
The 2019 MKC Reserve also opens the door to additional options, like enhanced THX-certified audio and the Technology Package. At $555, the Class II Trailer Tow Package is a must-have to unlock the MKC’s 3,000-pound towing capacity.
- Model: 2019 Lincoln MKC Reserve
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 240 hp/ 270 lb-ft
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 20 city / 27 highway
- Options: Class II Trailer Tow Package ($555, power converter, AC power outlet, trailer sway control, receiver), Technology Package ($2,495, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, auto-dimming rearview mirror, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and automatic start/stop)
- Base Price: $41,550 (including a $925 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $44,600
The 2019 Lincoln MKC delivers in the performance arena in virtually every category. Its 2.0-liter base engine is plenty potent for almost any driver, and its handling is on a par with its German rivals. The noise level is also low, thanks plenty of sound deadening and available active noise cancellation.
The optional 2.3-liter engine is impressive at 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. It zips this compact crossover to 60 mph in under seven seconds and puts smiles on faces, but it is overkill for the otherwise-timid MKC.
The 2019 MKC’s only sore spots of note are the aging six-speed automatic transmission, the rough ride in Sport mode, and its subpar fuel economy that tops out at 20 miles per gallon city and 27 highway.
The 2019 MKC may look all new thanks to that revamped front end, but it is mostly unchanged beyond that. But ditching the winged nose for the new Continental-inspired front end does a lot to add class to this crossover, It makes the MKC a legitimate option next to BMW and Mercedes-Benz models.
Moving inside, the 2019 MKC retains what it’s had for many years: an interior that punches well above its weight. It features tastefully placed wood trim and brushed metals, along with darker color options, high-end materials, and lots of standard features.
Things get a little tighter in the rear seats where the 2019 MKC has just 36.8 inches of legroom and 38.7 inches of headroom.
The Best and Worst Things
The MKC’s new look is an about-face when compared to last year. Sure, it is just a nose job, but the way Lincoln worked it in with the existing body is wonderful. Plus, that interior is incredible.
The rear seats are very tight for a crossover, so make sure you try before you buy if you have older kids or haul adults in the rear often.
Right For? Wrong For?
The 2019 Lincoln MKC is perfect for the empty nester looking to get a super-comfortable luxury crossover that won’t break the bank.
Growing families will find they quickly outgrow the MKC, especially those with teenage kids.