2017 Lincoln MKC vs. Its Competition

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Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Objectively, the MKC is as good as nearly everything else in its class, if you judge it from purely a product standpoint.

If you place a lot of value on brand cachet, then the MKC doesn't measure up quite as well.

The Volvo XC60 is a natural rival, with a strong set of safety features and good interior comfort.

The Audi Q5 sits as the central target for the MKC; while the Lincoln might be as good in many ways, it doesn't quite have the Audi's reputation, or its easier-to-navigate MMI system.

The new Cadillac XT5 is somewhat larger and offers real luxury in a modern package.

Another alternative is the Infiniti QX50, which has a rear-drive layout and a sport sedan feel, but has little interior space.

The all-new BMW X1 is built on a front-wheel-drive platform and feels less premium than other BMWs.

And at a more modest level, the MKC competes with the Buick Encore, a surprisingly well-equipped, quiet, and comfortable crossover that offers a taste of luxury without much pretense.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 MKC is a step in the right direction for Lincoln, thanks to controlled handling and interior luxury, but it lacks rear seat space and the cachet of its luxury rivals.
The 2017 Audi Q5 soldiers on with good space and carlike handling; it's still one of the better luxury SUVs, despite its age.
Pleasant to drive and built to a price, the 2017 BMW X1 is a mainstream subcompact crossover that is pleasant to drive but lacks the brand's "ultimate driving machine" performance.
The 2017 Buick Encore reaches for the compact-luxury stars, but it falls shy on styling and front-seat space.
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is an evolutionary improvement over the SRX in most ways, but it’s part of a larger leap for Cadillac.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a near-luxury contender at near-luxury prices. Its safety might be its biggest strong suit, which it rightly deserves.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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