I'm very confused about your post. Other than the rattle in the dash, which probobly would have been noticed on a properly observed test drive, everything else you list was right there in front of you and not hidden. You're complaining like a victim of a bait and switch. You spent more than $30,000 without proper research and or observation on what was important to you, and now you're going to complain about not having certain options and materials. If your post was why you didn't buy the MKC, it would make much more sense.
Hardly a victim. Given that I had to travel two hours to a decent dealer, I couldn't spend all flippin day driving around (more like sitting in) in traffic on smooth metro roads. The dealer THEN had to locate and transport the car I really wanted. So, very little time with the actual car I bought.
No, the rattle was not evident until I got it on rough ripply pavement twenty miles from the dealer. I would expect a Lincoln that costs $46,000 to not rattle. Neither of my last two Touaregs ever rattled in the eight years between them. My Honda Accord has never rattled since it was new in 2007. Is that so much to expect?
However, there are some features that you become used to in a more expensive car and you don't miss them until they're gone...e.g. autosteering headlamps and cargo area rear seat releases. Cheaper cars have both of these, so cost is not the issue.
Like I prefaced my post...I was hoping that my step down to a Lincoln from a VW (seriously - the Touareg is not your garden variety VW) would not be fraught with quality issues. Many of those don't become apparent until you've lived with the car for a while...like poor bass response from a $1000 audio system.
I would ask you, have you previously owned a BMW/Porsche/Audi/Mercedes? Can you genuinely understand the difference? The Lincoln is a fantastic car if all you've ever known are entry level cars, but it struggles in this rarified league. It drove the sales people nuts when they would show off a feature that they expected to impress me but I already had on the five year old car I was selling back.
I'll keep telling myself..."It was $10k cheaper!" Maybe I'll eventually feel better about it. Then I turn on the Air Conditioned seats and feel a lot better about it
Don't be confused...I took a gamble. I'd like to say I hit the lotto...but maybe I expected too much.
In any event, the Lincoln is overall a very nice car, but it's not in the same league as it's German competitors. It takes living with both of them to understand that. Knowing what I know today, I think I would have gone for the extra $10k for an X3 or even a gas Touareg. But I have signed the papers and I'm committed to the purchase. I have to live with it.
I'm sure there are many who have horror stories about their German cars who will refute my assertions, but I only know my experience with a BMW and two Touaregs. My experience with Fords have involved three major transmission failures. Despite some minor technical issues, the German cars were a pleasure to own and drive. I am hoping that the Lincoln grows on me the longer I own it.
I took the risk...I own the consequences. But I think it's ok to share that experience with other folks considering the Lincoln.