Every now and then there’s a mix-up when I go to pick up my test vehicle. It happens rarely, but sometimes I go to get one vehicle, but end up with a completely different one. Such was the case with the Lincoln MKX. We’ll call this a happy accident, because there’s an extremely slim possibility (ok, ZERO) that I’d have taken the time to book one for a week – but I’d have missed out on one fantastic vehicle.
What Is It?
- Mid-size luxury CUV
- Powered by a 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine delivering 330hp and 380lb-ft. of torque
- SelectShift® automatic transmission with push-button shift
- Based on the same platform as the Ford Edge
- Has a face only a mother could love
How Does It Look?
- Awkward? Would that be a good description?
- The schnozzle takes a lot of getting used to. I eventually warmed to the MKZ’s front end, but this one….even with rose-coloured glasses I couldn’t find an attractive angle
- Loved the rest of the vehicle however
What’s It Like Inside?
- This is a driver’s car – the passengers will never know how much fun the driver is having!
- Goodbye touch dashboard, hello buttons – welcome back
- I really like the push-button transmission selector, however my wife inadvertently switched me from D to S when she leaned on the console with her finger to change the radio station. Very easy to accidently put it into N – dangerously so
- Another oddity – the Hazzard lights switch was also in bad position if the passenger was adjusting the heat/AC for their side of the vehicle
- Revel Sound System is incredible – the sound is crystal-clear and can reach ear-bleeding levels
- Driver’s position is great and the seats very comfortable – you feel like you’re sitting on a regular chair
- 22-way multi-contour front seats with Active Motion® (massage) feature – that is outstanding
- Drivers side gets memory, but the front passenger doesn’t – hmm odd
- Heated and cooled front seats
- Heated rear seats
- Huge moonroof that now appears to be mandatory in a lot of vehicles, makes it appear even more spacious
- Rear cargo was far larger than you could imagine by looking at it from the outside
- Rear bench seat was less than comfortable, just flat – not very fitting in a luxury vehicle
So How Quick Is It & How Does It Handle?
- Very quick, stomp on the pedal and you’ll see 140km/h in seconds!!
- Adaptive Steering, automatically adjusts handling based on how the vehicle is moving by providing smooth and precise turning however…
- I found that the MKX had a very large turning radius – several times I had to re-position when entering parking spots but..
- It was perfectly weighted for parking lot or highway driving
- Pick up in regular ‘D’ setting was incredible – just slams you back in your seat with virtually no turbo-lag when you stomp on the gas
- The gas pedal was very easy to modulate, making driving very enjoyable
- Switching to ‘S’ mode, the steering becomes even better, but the MKX struggled going up a hill that was perfectly fine in ‘D’ – it was like it didn’t know what gear it was supposed to be in
- The previous driver had switched the Lane Departure function off. After switching it on I tried to see if it would keep me within the lines. It didn’t work particularly well at 100 kph – kept telling me to put my hands on the wheel!! I switched it off
Noteworthy Standard Features
- 360° view Camera
- Separate button you can use at any time to see various viewpoints around the vehicle
- Overhead was particularly useful so you don’t damage these beautiful expensive rims by scraping up against a curb
- Smart key w/Push button start
- Heated and cooled front seats
- Heated rear seats
- Hands-free power liftgate
- Welcome system that “senses” your approach, as you walk toward the MKX, door handle sockets and exterior lights will glow brighter, welcoming and telling you that the car is ready to go.
What Does It Cost?
The 2016 Lincoln MKX comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.7L Ti-VCT EcoBoost V6 engine and a SelectShift® automatic transmission
Base Price Canada: $45,890 // As Tested: $65,790
Base Price U.S.: $42,755 // $63,110
- Premium fuel not required
- (L/100 km) is rated at: City -14.4 / Highway – 10.3
- S. (MPG) is rated at: City – 17 / Highway – 24 / combined – 19
BMW X3, BMX X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus RX
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- The Good: Seats were phenomenal – worth the price of admission alone! The Revel Sound System is incredible – the sound is crystal-clear and can reach ear-bleeding levels. Old songs recorded back in the 70’s sound like they were brand new recordings. Tons of bass through the subwoofer that sounded like it was just behind the driver’s seat!
- More good: the bottom of the door goes down all the way under the body, so you don’t get mud, slush and grime on your legs when leaving the vehicle – it’s amazing how many manufacturers miss this vital but very important feature
- Bad: Rear liftgate should have a latch button on the outside. You don’t always have the keys handy and the foot swipe never worked
- Glovebox – I pushed the button to see what it was like and it dropped down instead of gliding and whacked my wife’s shins. She was very unhappy with the bruising – dampening the glovebox would solve this
- Base price is good, but after the various option are added – not so much
- Ugly: The beak, nose, grill… whatever you want to call it. Looks like Julia Roberts on a good day! (And no, I don’t like Julia Roberts)
What’s The Verdict?
I love this CUV, it’s bordering on perfection. However just as Jennifer Aniston wasn’t born perfect – she became perfect after her nose-job, the Lincoln MKX (and MKC for that matter) seriously need a nose-job. Even just sticking the Edge’s front end on this would absolutely double sales overnight. Fortunately the MKZ has been tweaked and it’s now perfect. Time for the MKX to get tweaked!
Copyright © 2016 by Iain Shankland
Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain Shankland & Ford/Lincoln