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Hi everyone,
I'm very seriously thinking of ordering an MKC.
Would like any owners comments on what you think of it's size.
Not sure If I should wait till the MKX concept is available. We test drove the MKC but so hard to tell in just a test drive.
I have a family member with an escape and it doesn't impress me at all. If I do order one it will be with the 20 inch rims.
If any of you guys shared my same thoughts and went ahead and bought one, I would love to hear your thoughts, good and bad. Thanks!
 

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For two of us, perfect. For four, a little cramped. We are newly-minted empty-nesters, hence the choice of vehicle. However, we got the hitch package and used a hitch cargo carrier, which made things much easier and comfortable when we did carry four of us.

So, file under "for what it's worth."
 

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I looked very seriously at a Mercedes GLK before ordering my MKC. I found the GLK to be a little snug but the MKC was just right. The MKC interior feels just like my 2013 Explorer which is a much larger vehicle.
 

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Depends on the car you drive now. But if the Escape is tight, then ditto the MKC/GLK/X3.
The Edge/MKX/X5/Q5/Grand Cherokee will offer a wider interior. For me, the Edge is slightly too wide... there is something for everyone.
 

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Lean the backseat backs back and it improves a lot but the foot space entry/exit of the backseat is where most buyers will have to make their own decision. Also depends on where the front seats are set, and the angle of the front seat backs.
 

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A lot depends on what you want and how you use the MKC.

For me... there are rarely more than 2 adults in the car. Occasionally 3, sometimes 4, never 5. I would hate to be the 5th (adult) person in most cars these days. Cargo space is more than we will probably ever use. Even on trips with 4 people. Anything that I buy that won't fit and I will get a $19 Home Depot van. Even on large items that might fit, I would probably rather get the van rather than risk scratching up the interior of the cargo area. That is what happened on my last SUV.

I'm 6'2" and I don't have the front drivers seat quite all the way back in my normal driving position (close but not quite all the way back). If we have 4 people, we put the tallest person in the front passenger seat (usually another guy - so we can talk), the smaller folks in back (usually the women so they can talk) with next tallest behind the front passenger and the smallest behind the driver. Not a huge deal once you just think a bit about arranging folks. the back is small, no doubt about it. It feels cramped when you are in there - opening the vista roof shade in back does make it feel a bit larger. People in the back are not an everyday thing.

On the everyday side... the mileage with the 2.0L has been impressive. On day-trips, with mostly highway, it has been great - coming close to 30MPG - depending on how aggressively I drive. Around town 22-23-24. Turning radius, amazingly small - great on u-turns. On those divided highways/roads with small medians, I can now u-turn easily into the left lane rather than drifting into the right or even that extra bump out they have on the far right for u-turns with land barges. Great in parking lots, the MKC fits well into tighter parking spaces and not stick out - like in the short spaces where the lamp posts are. It also fits well into those spaces at the airport marked compact vehicles only - always a plus. I was able to grab a close spot on my last airport trip - almost worth the price of the car itself!

Continuing on the everyday side of things, the front seats are amazingly comfortable. The AC seats are so worth it. The finesse of the THX sound system is amazing - not loudness, but clarity. The overall sound system experience is enhanced by the overall quietness of the MKC.

What is weird, it that despite it's smallness, the car feels big to drive. I also have a 2013 MKZ-H and the MKC is something like 14-15" shorter than the MKZ - and I thought the MKZ was a small car! I would swear that the MKC is larger than the MKZ when driving it - I think because you are sitting up higher and the broadness of the hood.

I did a lot of research and searching before getting the MKC. I was not planning on getting a 2nd Lincoln vehicle since I sort of like to have two brands in the garage to experience what other brands have to offer. My decision was based on the everyday things, not the occasional things. It was also based on price, I could get the fully loaded MKC at a more reasonable price and it has the tech available that was important to me.
 

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Agree with KenZ about the perception of size - coming from a 2011 MKZ here, which was an ample midsize car, but my MKC feels wider and as long, even though I know it is not. Since I have some back issues, I am however really enjoying that little bit of extra height and the feeling that I am sitting into the car in a more chair-like way and not DOWN into it and then having to climb out as most regular cars feel.
 
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I went on my first test drive yesterday. I love the car but I can't get past the small back seat and the very small back area. I really wanted to feel like I could just deal with it but $40,000 is a lot of money to part with.

I think I'm going to wait for the Nissan Murano to come out in Dec. I'm sure the dealer will be calling me today with a little pressure.

I love reading about all of your thoughts on the car.

Mike
 

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Length isn't everything, but the MKC is one of the shortest in the class. Maybe you should consider doing a Lincoln Date Night. I am doing one right now and it's a great promotion...probably the best you can find. $100 gift card in your pocket and a fueled up MKC to use for a couple days.

So far I've gone into the city for dinner, grocery shopped with the family, and will take it to work tomorrow before returning. It has definitely given me a very clear picture of the vehicle as it would be if I owned it.
 

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While not an owner, I've had a close look at the MKC several times (both inside & out) and took a 2.3 Reserve on a test drive a few weeks ago with my better half on board. We really liked the MKC in many/most ways (particularly the quality of ride, the level of engine power and the amount of front seat comfort), but in the end decided the vehicle is slightly too small (in overall cabin width as well as in the rear seat and cargo areas) to be our one and only be-all vehicle. We found the entry/exit aspects of the backseat - getting one's feet in and out of the rear footwells - to be particularly problematic. If one is hoping to impress friends/passengers with their new MKC, the challenges of rear seat ingress & egress will not one of the aspects to accomplish that. If only the MKC was about 5% to 7% larger in most dimensions. That's where the upcoming 2016 Lincoln MKX gains prominence - along with of course 2 or 3 other all-new small/midsize luxury SUVs to be introduced over the next 9-12 months, such as the 2016 GLK, RX and SRX from competing brands.
While going-in we wanted to love everything about the MKC, it was the smallish size of the vehicle that in the end mainly dissuaded us from buying one. We are now in "wait & see mode" for the next 12 months as other small-to-midsize luxury SUVs are set to be introduced.
 

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I will echo what Ken Z said. Also coming into empty nest stage, I really missed driving smaller, tidy handling, and well laid out cars. The MKC actually has a far more spacious feeling than the '06 Mountaineer just sold off. Handles my 19 foot boat pltus gives nearly 30mpg when not hooked up. The panoramic roof plus the white headliner in ours makes it feel far more spacious. No doubt the 2nd row is for smaller ones or short hauls with adults-so if you want to fix that I believe you will be going up about another 4-600 lbs on your vehicle, with the commensurate loss in tossability and mileage.

The MKC offered the best set of tradeoffs for us
 
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Whether the rear seat is too small depends on the size of the people in both rows. For people who need something larger, the 2016 MKX should be excellent.
 

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For us the desire to move from a midsize luxury sport sedan to a compact-to-midsize luxury SUV is driven in large part by our wants & needs for greater utility & space in the cargo & rear seat areas. Our current vehicle is a 2011 Cadillac CTS. We don't want our chosen luxury SUV to be too large (no longer than about 185 inches in length), while at the same we don't want it to be too small either.

The MKC's dimensions and volume capacities come in at the extreme low end as compared to most other vehicles in its class. This fact is rather unfortunate (to us anyway), as a typical element & expectation of "luxury" is added space/room.. and yet the MKC is slightly smaller in many dimensions & volume capacities than the more plebeian Ford Escape, the vehicle platform the MKC is based on. In my opinion Lincoln should have elongated the MKC (as compared to the Escape) by at least 5 inches when the vehicle was initially designed. But I'm sure that change would have cost Ford/Lincoln a ton more money in development and other costs, and I'm guessing they quickly came up with a few justifications not to do it.

We gave the MKC a good long look, with 3 visits to the Lincoln dealer as well as an extended test drive. We really like the MKC... but in the end decided the limited amount of cargo and rear seat room - together with an overly difficult ingress-egress to/from the rear seat area, made worse by the non-flat rear floor arrangement - represented show-stoppers for us.

As an aside... today I thought to compare the interior dimension & volume specs of the new 2015 VW Golf to the 2015 MKC, and was surprised to find many/most of the numbers are very close. This amazes me considering the overall size of the Golf. I'm impressed too that the Golf is now available with a TDI (diesel) engine that allows the car to achieve 42 MPG highway. I think the new Golf is an excellent alternative for those who want greater utility in a small package (as compared to any 4-door sedan) but don't want to drive an SUV or a wagon.
 

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The Golf will soon also be offered as a wagon, with considerably more cargo volume than the hatch.

I suspect Lincoln didn't make the MKC larger because this would have encroached upon the MKX.
 

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The Golf will soon also be offered as a wagon, with considerably more cargo volume than the hatch.

I suspect Lincoln didn't make the MKC larger because this would have encroached upon the MKX.
Interesting. In that case the Golf Wagon will likely exceed the MKC in maximum cargo room (rear seats down).
Actually I've never really been interested in a "wagon" - and my wife hates them! (she doesn't like the image associated with a wagon).

The MKX belongs to an entirely different size segment - Midsize.
IMO the MKC could have /should have been elongated by at least 4 inches (to about 183 inches in length), and the MKX would still be safe size-wise (a significantly larger vehicle). I'm guessing the all-new 2016 MKX will grow slightly and be close to 190 inches in overall length.
I will be looking closely at the 2016 MKX when it is finally introduced. It should be revealed soon.. perhaps within the next 2 or 3 months.
 
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