For a touch of luxury and head-turning looks, the Lincoln MKC ticks all the boxes. Kate Ginn tries the sports crossover.
It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with my blind date.
As soon as we were introduced in the parking lot in the Lincoln showroom in Wattayah, I was a goner. It was the deep golden-blond looks and the well-built body that immediately caught my eye, along with the glint in the headlight that promised some fun to come.
As first meetings go, it was very promising.
We only had the day together, so without much ado, we headed off – not into the sunset but the clogged traffic on the Sultan Qaboos highway.
For once, I didn’t mind getting stuck in a bit of jam; it gave me some time to get more intimate with my MKC and better acquainted with some of the equipment. It might not be to everyone’s taste but I loved the two-tone leather interior of dark brown and cream. The centre console housing the 8-inch LCD touchscreen and air con controls had large buttons and switches, which were easy to use, if a touch unsophisticated.
My top of the range Reserve model had an enhanced THX II audio system with 14-speakers, which gave spectacular sound quality.
Finally the traffic got moving, allowing me to really open up the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. Is the MKC a smooth mover? Well, let me tell you, he (and the MKC is a definitely a male car in my view) doesn’t disappoint. The drive is like melted caramel and even at speed, there’s barely a whisper of sound. I tried out the Sport mode, which tightens up the suspension and makes for a more taut ride all round, but mostly stuck to the Comfort setting.
I noticed that my car was getting quite a lot of attention on the road. It’s not hard to see why. With a golden paint job and 19-inch five-spoke premium luster nickel painted aluminum wheels, it really was a head-turner, just as the salesman at Lincoln told me he would be.
Looks aside, what also set the MKC apart for me was the wealth of features that he was packing.
The panoramic Vista Roof – with the largest opening in its class – is really cool, as is the remote start, allowing you to slip into a beautifully chilled interior with the air con already on.
I found the Blind Spot and Lane Keeping System, which vibrates the wheel to warn the driver if you’re drifting in another lane and steers the car back into line, really useful on Oman’s roads. It takes a bit of getting used to but this bit of technology should be fitted as standard in all cars in the Sultanate, in my view. It could avoid a lot of accidents.
The Collision Warning, which flashes up a light on the windscreen in front of the driver and brakes when the car is too close to another vehicle in front, is also pretty nifty.
Even better is the Park Assist helping those, like me, who find it almost impossible to parallel park. This feature does the hard work for you, steering smartly into a space, while you just operate the brake.
There’s also Cruise Control and paddle shifters to give you control of gear changes, along with a rear camera and sensing system.
All this kit made me feel very safe in the MKC.
Added to the luxury touches, smooth drive and impressive looks, the Lincoln MKC is the perfect package.
Sadly, my ideal car partner and I only had a few hours together but, as they say, all good things must come to an end.
Lincoln MKC Reserve