We take the new 2020 Lincoln Corsair for a first drive in Kelowna, British Columbia.
2020 Lincoln Corsair Pros
- Impressive comfort
- Beautiful interior design
- Easy infotainment system
2020 Lincoln Corsair Cons
- Can get really expensive
- Not as fast as the specs would have you believe
- Not as spacious as some of the competition
What started with a redesign of the flagship Lincoln Navigator has now reached more attainable, and some would argue more important Lincoln models. The change of philosophy and complete transformation of the Lincoln brand is complete with the new 2020 Lincoln Corsair, the brand’s compact luxury SUV.
A replacement to the Lincoln MKC, the new Corsair takes the same recipe applied to the Navigator redesign and Aviator re-launch, and applies to a small utility vehicle that should be the brand’s best-seller. Interestingly, the Corsair hasn’t changed much from the previous MKC, but like its big brothers, it feels all new. That’s because the place where owners will be spending their time, the cabin, is all new.
It’s essentially a Navigator interior that shrunk in the wash. That’s excellent news because when it comes to interiors and making someone feel welcomed behind the wheel, Lincoln has vaulted near the top of the industry in a few short years.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair’s Interior is a Sanctuary
That’s Lincoln speaking, not me. Sanctuary is a bit grandiose, but after spending a lot of time in the new Corsair I’d have a hard time disagreeing with the brand’s description of their new SUV’s interior. I said when I reviewed the Navigator and again when I drove the Continental that new Lincoln interiors are among the best in the business.
They aren’t just well designed; they are also practical, and the layout is well planned out with technology that’s accessible and easy to figure out. There’s always a lot going on in a new Lincoln vehicle’s interior, but it’s never overwhelming.
The 2020 Corsair doesn’t have all of the Navigator’s gizmos and it doesn’t feel quite as refined, but it does feel more upscale than the previous MKC by a mile and a half. As far as entry-level luxury SUVs go, the Corsair’s interior is one of the best. There’s also a lot of color options including a teal-blue that looks to have come straight out of a 1960’s Continental. Not a fan per se, but I applaud Lincoln designers for making the option available.
The seats are said to have been designed by orthopedic surgeons and are adjustable 24 ways. No, that’s not a typo. The chime that sounds when your seatbelt isn’t buckled was created by an orchestra. Lincoln says the cabin is “whisper quiet” thanks to three microphones that play noise-cancelling sounds when interior noise climbs above a certain level.
I cringe slightly at the marketing of it all, but the end result is actually well executed. I spent part of the first drive on the highway, alone in the vehicle, going 110 km/h for almost two hours and couldn’t hear much going on outside.
I also got to my final destination without feeling fatigued with these doctor-designed seats doing exactly what they promised. I also enjoyed the infotainment system, which is advanced enough to please younger buyers, but easy enough to navigate to please your parents. I think my mom could figure out the various menus and functions, and my mom has trouble with Google Maps.
Other technology includes the ability to use your phone as a key fob with all of the necessary safety precautions built in to make sure nobody steals your Corsair or you can live on if you lose your phone. Just don’t throw away the actual and expensive key.
There’s decent storage space inside the Corsair as well, but it’s not as spacious as, say, an Acura RDX or Volvo XC60. Not the same thing, you say? Well, our tester in Kelowna B.C. was almost $70,000 so yeah, it is. The base 2020 Lincoln Corsair starts at $44,700 and at that price, you will find more spacious luxury compact SUVs. You may not find a more comfortable option, however.
Comfort is definitely the name of the game because when it comes to performance, well, it’s the status quo with the old MKC. And the old MKC wasn’t exactly a canyon-carver. A base 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder handles power duties with 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. You’d think those numbers, some of the highest in the segment, would make the Corsair a blast to accelerate and pass with, but that’s not the case. The driver will feel like about 45 of those 250 ponies never made it out of the stable. It gets off the line quick enough, but the power suddenly goes away leaving with you with an ok performer, but nothing you can brag about.
The optional 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque fared a bit better, but you’ll never feel the kind of performance you would get in a German competitor. And once again, you will wonder where those horses have run off to. You do get decent fuel economy that hovers around the 10.0-11.0 litre per 100 kilometre range.
The Lincoln Navigator and Continental upped the comfort, but also the performance. The Corsair sticks to improving comfort. In that way, Lincoln’s latest model is a bit disappointing, but it’s still a massive improvement over the MKC because of how it feels inside, and a worthy entry-level luxury SUV for a brand that is starting to rekindle its former glory.
If you are going to buy a 2020 Lincoln Corsair, you will do it for its comfort and refinement. It’s the perfect luxury SUV for urban drivers who go from the suburbs to the city every morning on crowded streets. It will make you forget about the craziness around you and people will comment about how calm you look when you get in the office in the morning.
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