Lincoln Aviator has made a comeback and what a legendary comeback has it been! In the year 2010, the Aviator was pretty much considered a poor man’s Ford Explorer but the tables have turned now. The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is more upscale, sophisticated and desirable than most mid size luxury SUVs out there today.
Al Tayer Motors were kind enough to let me be among the first few people to review the Presidential trim of the Aviator. It was a bit difficult to secure the test drive vehicle since the demand had been pouring in and why would it not be? It is such an impressive vehicle.
I felt like royalty the moment I approached the Aviator. Its sensory features welcomed me by lowering its height by several inches, allowing me to easily hop in. The Aviator takes 8 seconds to fully lower its height and once you start the car and continue driving, the vehicle automatically rises in height. Turning off and walking away from the car, the headlights start fading away and the grille badge turns off in the end.
There is definitely best of both worlds in the Lincoln Aviator. The acceleration is authoritative and the car cruises beautifully at highway speeds. There is no road or wind noise as the car has been equipped with advanced noise reduction technology. You can expect some body roll just because of its dimensions but otherwise the handling is praise worthy. The suspension is fully adaptive and can predict road bumps or change in driving conditions.
Lincoln Aviator has a top speed of 250 km per hour. The acceleration response on the “Excite” mode is nifty and the fuel economy is very good. There are other drive modes like Normal, Conservative, Slippery and Deep Sand. I didn’t venture deep inside the desert but upon hard packed sand, the car felt confident.
The driver assist features include forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high-beams, and a rearview camera.
In my opinion, the Lexus GX, Volvo XC 90 and the Audi Q7 would be facing a tough competition from the Lincoln Aviator. Actually the Range Rover Sport would also feel kind of threatened a little bit as well.
Lincoln Aviator Specs:
Engine: 3.0 Liter – 6 Cylinders Twin Turbo
Horsepower: 400 Bhp
Torque: 563 Nm
Drive System: All Wheel Drive
Transmission: 10 Speed Automatic
There is so much to like about the way the Aviator looks and holds its stance.
The grille looks refined and impressively strong at the same time. The head lamps are placed a bit higher than the grille and add to Aviators character.
The wheels on the Aviator Presidential are 22″ Ultra-bright machined aluminum with ebony-painted pockets.
Once you have the keys in your pocket, you can swing your foot underneath the rear bumper to automatically open or close the Aviator trunk.
Walking into the Aviator for the first time will be an experience to remember. The cabin interior is built up using incredibly high quality materials. The comfortable front seats have a cooling / heating ventilation function and can be adjusted in any way you like with up to 30 way lumbar support. There is also a pretty comprehensive massage function for the front seats that is controlled by the infotainment system.
With the Aviator, you don’t get traditional door latches or levers. It unlocks and opens the door with the press of a button. Its all electronic but if the battery power dies and you are still in the vehicle, there is a manual hinge located towards the lower front inside.
The interior space has plenty of innovation. You get piano style gear buttons placed right beneath the beautiful chrome-lined air conditioning vents. The center console gets a vintage trim with aluminum controls for audio & radio. Infotainment system is operated by a multi-function touch screen. It is simple, easy to operate and has a crisp display.
Equipped with the Revel 28 individual speaker audio system, the sound quality in the Aviator is truly unmatched. The speakers are everywhere, they look good and sound even better. I loved the voice activated technology system that allows you to control music, calls and other functions by just a tap of a button on the steering wheel and voice commands.
There is a comprehensive 360 camera system that helps in parking and maneuvering around tight spaces.
Second row seating is comfortable with good amount of head-room but could have a little more leg-room. There are AC vents, separate climate control and USB charging ports in the second row. The panoramic sunroof slides all the way back to the end of the second row seating. It is absolutely remarkable and makes the Aviator look even more spacious and luxurious.
Entry to the third row is fairly simple. The head-room is just about ok but the leg-room needs a bit of improvement. Since the Aviator has decent amount of luggage space even when all three rows of seating are in use, I see a win-win situation. Just with the press of a button, you are able to completely fold away the third row and increase the luggage space multi-fold.