[YesAuto in-depth investigation] When the entire luxury mid-size car market is completely young and sporty, there is such a model but it takes a different approach. It insists on American luxury and comfort, and its configuration is also very rich. It is the Lincoln MKZ. It is undeniable that this is a niche model, but it is this uniqueness that attracts some consumers. Let's listen to the voices of several car owners and see their true evaluation of MKZ.
Mr. Li is engaged in the chemical industry and has 4 years of driving experience. This MKZ was purchased by him in October 2014, and it has traveled more than 19,000 kilometers. According to Mr. Li, he has always recognized American cars, but he is not very interested in German cars.
Car selection experience
Mr. Li has a standard for buying a car, that is, he should never buy a car that is too popular. Therefore, when he bought this Lincoln MKZ, Mr. Li did not consider the conventional BBA brand, but focused on imported Cadillac ATS, Jaguar XF and Acura TLX. . The reason for the abandonment of ATS is that the response of the central control CUE system is too slow, and the rear space of the imported short-axis version of the ATS is too small. The Jaguar XF is a higher-level medium and large car, but because the 2014 model is too old, the design feels a bit backward. At present, XF has been completely renewed. It seems that Mr. Li didn't choose XF in the first place. Acura TLX's large discount is quite tempting, but after seeing the real car, Mr. Li feels that it is not as good-looking as the pictures, and Acura’s domestic brand recognition is too low, so he finally gave up.
Mr. Li finally chose MKZ not only because of its niche, but also because the Lincoln 4S store is relatively close to his home, it will be more convenient for maintenance in the future. In addition, Mr. Li believes that the Lincoln MKZ itself is also very cost-effective and rich in configuration.
After buying a car, Mr. Li is most satisfied with the appearance and safety configuration of the MKZ. In terms of appearance, Mr. Li thinks that the MKZ looks more like a medium-to-large car, the integrated taillights are very individual, and the way the panoramic sunroof opens is also very special. As for the security configuration, Mr. Li has a deep understanding. Among them, MKZ's anti-collision active braking function successfully helped Mr. Li avoid a rear-end collision, and the solid body structure also made Mr. Li very relieved.
The Zunyao version was still the top model when Mr. Li bought the MKZ, and the configuration can be said to be quite rich. Among them, Mr. Li is most satisfied with the front row massage function, which is a relatively rare configuration in cars of the same class. In addition, all-LED headlights and automatic high beams also have a strong sense of technology. The rear power socket is a very practical configuration, but unfortunately the current design is not perfect, some plugs will interfere with the cover, making it unusable.
The rear seat belt airbag is also a commendable configuration, but it also has a drawback. When the child safety seat is installed upside down, the length of the seat belt is somewhat insufficient.
Mr. Li is also very satisfied with the space of MKZ. In most cases, this car is driven by himself, and the utilization rate of the back row is not high. However, when it comes to the rear row, affected by the roof line, the rear headroom of the MKZ is still slightly depressing for taller people.
This Zunyao version of MKZ is equipped with a high-power 2.0T engine with a maximum power of 253 horsepower and a peak torque of 389 Nm. This power is completely sufficient for ordinary people. Mr. Li's usual driving style is more aggressive, and he is also very satisfied with the dynamic performance of this car.
In the course of using the car for more than a year, Mr. Li also had some minor accidents driving this MKZ. Mr. Li was very satisfied with the maintenance service and quotation of the 4S shop. As for the incident, we won’t repeat it here, but we can also learn from Mr. Li’s words that Lincoln did a very good job in service. After all, not long after entering the Chinese market, Lincoln needs to use good services to establish its brand image.
Mr. Li pointed out two points of dissatisfaction with his car. The first point is that the torque steering of this car is more obvious. Due to the use of a front-drive structure, and the vehicle's power is relatively strong, there will be torque steering when deep stepping on the accelerator. The second point is that the gearbox will have some frustration when shifting gears, especially when the second gear is up to the third gear. In addition, navigation is also more difficult to use. It is not convenient to search for buildings, but only for street names.
Mr. Li usually uses cars frequently and is not limited to a single road condition. It can be said that there are congestion, unobstructed roads and highways. The current overall fuel consumption displayed is 12.4L/100km. According to Mr. Li's usual observation, the high-speed fuel consumption of this car is about 8.5L/100km, while it is maintained at about 14L/100km in congestion.
In the end, Mr. Li said that this MKZ had reached his expectations when he bought the car. From the words, we can also feel that Mr. Li is very satisfied with this car. MKZ not only satisfies Mr. Li's individual needs, but also has a wealth of configuration and ample power to improve its cost-effectiveness.
Ms. Cheng’s work is relatively easy, and she buys a car mainly for picking up children or going out for outings. She has only two requirements for the vehicle: 1. The appearance is very important, and it must conform to her own aesthetics; 2. It must have sufficient personality.
Car selection experience
Ms. Cheng mainly considered Audi A6, Q5 and BMW 3 series, 5 series and so on when choosing the car, but these cars are too popular, and the mechanical hand brake adopted by the BMW 3 series is relatively outdated in Ms. Cheng’s opinion, so in the end It was Lincoln MKZ that gave Ms. Cheng more good impressions. It seems that a woman buys a car entirely based on feelings, as long as it looks good, nothing else is a problem.
After buying this MKZ, what Ms. Cheng is most satisfied with is that this car is sufficiently individual and niche. Because many people around me didn't know what kind of car it was, and had never seen it before, the curious and envious eyes made Ms. Cheng secretly pleased. Of course, MKZ's sense of technology has also conquered Ms. Cheng, such as personalized button gears, full LED headlights, integrated taillight design, and the opening method of the panoramic sunroof. In addition, the steering wheel heating function has also been affirmed by Ms. Cheng. The strong power of the high-power 2.0T engine is more than enough for Ms. Cheng, and it is enough to describe it very quickly.
Like most female drivers, Ms. Cheng also likes to adjust the seat to a high level. She thinks it will have better driving vision and a sense of safety. However, if the seat is adjusted too high, the headroom will be somewhat depressed, which is inevitable, unless you are driving an SUV. As for other parts of the space, Ms. Cheng thinks that it is completely enough.
Ms. Cheng thinks that the chassis of this Lincoln MKZ is a bit low, and it is easier to scratch the chassis during daily driving or parking. We have actually observed that the chassis height of MKZ is not much different from that of ordinary luxury cars. For more Chinese female drivers, they are more suitable for driving SUV models with higher chassis and sitting posture.
In addition, Ms. Cheng said that the electronic system of this car has a slow response, especially when the P gear cuts into the D gear, it takes a certain reaction time for the vehicle to drive normally. This phenomenon is indeed more common in the Ford family's automatic models.
Ms. Cheng rarely experiences traffic jams, so the overall fuel consumption is about 10L/100km, while Ms. Cheng said that she is driving on a pure high-speed section and the fuel consumption is only about 7L/100km, which can be described as very fuel-efficient. Regarding the fuel consumption, we will listen to what the next car owner says later.
Ms. Cheng’s car has only received a free first guarantee at present, and the official recommended maintenance cycle is to do maintenance every 10,000 kilometers. For details, you can also refer to our article “Monthly Cost of 2130 Yuan Lincoln MKZ Car Maintenance Cost Analysis” . For this car, Ms. Cheng gave a high evaluation and was very satisfied. However, we can also find from the words that women actually do not have high requirements for vehicles. As long as the appearance is approved by them and there are no major mechanical problems, then this is a good car. As for driving experience, they really don't care much, and it is difficult to provide more reference opinions.
Mr. Xing is a soldier and has 7 years of driving experience. This MKZ was purchased in July this year and has driven more than 10,000 kilometers so far. The MKZ purchased by Mr. Xing is a Zunya version, which uses a low-power 2.0T engine with a maximum power of 203 horsepower. This is also the biggest difference between the Zunya version and the Zunyao version of the other two owners.
Car selection experience
In fact, Mr. Xing has always considered buying SUV models, such as Volvo XC60, Cadillac SRX, Jeep Free Light and Lincoln MKC. The first thing Mr. Xing ruled out was the Cadillac SRX, the reason is simple, this car is too gas-consuming. The 2016 Volvo XC60 just went on the market, and the 4S shop proposed a price increase. Mr. Xing despised such behavior and gave up the purchase directly. Jeep Freelight meets Mr. Xing's needs in all aspects, but considering that the 9AT gearbox has been exposed due to quality problems, there is no choice. Lincoln MKC has a relatively small back row space. Mr. Xing, who was entangled in Lincoln 4S shop, accidentally became interested in MKZ around him. This is also a kind of fate!
Like other car owners, Mr. Xing was also impressed by the appearance of MKZ's personality. This car has a very high rate of return on the street. Its fast-back shape, panoramic sunroof, and overall taillights are all quite beautiful. In terms of configuration, Mr. Xing often uses the seat ventilation and heating function, which is often used in winter or summer. In addition, Mr. Xing believes that the navigation response of MKZ is relatively fast, and the speed limit reminder is very user-friendly.
The second thing that satisfies Mr. Xing is motivation. Although this MKZ uses a low-power 2.0T engine, the overall acceleration response is still very fast. The 0-100km/h acceleration time of our previously measured high- and low-power models is only 0.18 seconds apart. It can be seen that for the average person, the low-power version is enough.
As mentioned earlier, Mr. Xing is not satisfied with the rear space of MKC, while the rear space of MKZ is completely satisfactory to him. Although it is not as spacious as the BMW 3 Series long-axis version of the same level, but the actual performance is also sufficient. Moreover, Mr. Xing's rear-seat utilization rate is not high, and too much space is a waste.
Automatic start-stop is a more popular configuration in recent years, and its purpose is to save fuel. However, it does not seem to be suitable for the complicated road conditions in China. Frequent start-stops under congestion conditions are indeed annoying, and most of the start-stop functions are enabled by default after activation. Mr. Xing said that he did not understand this.
Mr. Xing also mentioned the problem of the low front bumper of the MKZ, which often hits the road teeth. It seems that the low chassis will indeed cause trouble for some people, but in my opinion, the chassis height of the MKZ is not particularly low. The chassis of ordinary luxury cars is not too high. On the contrary, the chassis of relatively cheap compact cars will Slightly higher.
Under normal circumstances, Mr. Xing's road conditions are relatively smooth, so his comprehensive fuel consumption is only 10.6L/100km. For this fuel consumption performance, Mr. Xing said that it is completely acceptable.
Like the other two car owners, Mr. Xing is also very satisfied with his car. During this period of time, he did not find any obvious shortcomings. It seems that MKZ does have certain advantages in terms of quality and comfort.
Full text summary:
Since I haven't personally tested the Lincoln MKZ before, I don't know much about this car. However, through the descriptions of these three car owners and test drive colleagues, I found that this car is still quite recommended. First of all, its appearance is sufficiently individual and it has a sense of technology. Especially the opening way of the panoramic sunroof and the integrated taillight design are impressive. Secondly, Lincoln's after-sales service has done a good job and won unanimous praise from the three car owners. This is very important for the shaping of the brand image. I hope Lincoln can continue this excellent service quality.