The interior of the Lincoln Nautilus is a pleasant place to spend your time, especially in the updated model. Both the materials and the build quality are of a high order. Leaning into the trending minimalist approach, the new Nautilus certainly looks clean and snazzy, and it still manages to cram in all the essential tech and quite a few desirables. Everything is laid out in a logical, ergonomic manner, and the infotainment touchscreen is huge and easy to navigate. We appreciate that simple functions like climate control are separate from the touchscreen so that you can activate them quickly without having to flip through menus. As for space, the Nautilus isn't the biggest SUV on the block, but there is plenty of room in the two rows with a decent amount left over for cargo.
The total seating capacity is five, and everyone is accommodated in luxury with plenty of room. This is thanks to the 39.6 inches of rear legroom and 42.8 inches up front. Headroom doesn't change much between the two, going from 39.9 inches to 39.2 inches from front to back. The panoramic sunroof that comes standard on the Reserve and Black Lable does eat some headroom, but not enough to make six-foot passengers notice. Overall visibility is pretty good, and getting in and out of the vehicle is easy, thanks to its step-in height. Power adjustability and driver-seat memory are standard features, with heating and ventilation added at the Reserve level. Heating comes to the rear seats of the Lincoln Nautilus here, too.
|Lincoln Nautilus Trims||Standard||Reserve||Black Label|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.9 in.||37.8 in.||37.8 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||39.2 in.||38.6 in.||38.6 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.8 in.||42.8 in.||42.8 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||39.6 in.||39.6 in.||39.6 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||58.9 in.||58.9 in.||58.9 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||59 in.||59 in.||59 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||56.4 in.||56.4 in.||56.4 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||55.6 in.||55.6 in.||55.6 in.|
While not quite as exquisitely refined as a Mercedes or BMW, the Nautilus boasts a high-quality interior nonetheless. The build quality is good, too, and you get a choice of several interior color schemes. Luxury Soft Touch synthetic leather is the base upholstery, presented in Ebony or Sandstone in the Standard trim. The leather becomes real from the Reserve trim, and new colors are added, including Slate and Ebony/Roast. For optimum opulence, Venetian leather is standard on the Reserve in your choice of a Chalet theme featuring Alpine White or a Flight theme featuring Luggage Tan.
The Standard has a Linear Brushed Aluminum trim, which is Slate in the Black Label. The Reserve can swap this out for Santos Rosewood or Espresso Ash Swirl wood trims. The two optional Chalet or Flight themes for the Black Label equips the Nautilus with Alpine perforated leather, velour carpets, and various appliques and decals.
The cargo space in the Lincoln Nautilus is decent but not quite class-leading. With all five seats in place, there is 37.2 cubic feet of pure trunk space. More expensive premium SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLE aren't as generous. However, you can free up even more area if you fold down the rear seats in a 60/40 split, giving you access to 68.8 cubes.
As for interior storage options, these comprise two cupholders in the front, a standard glove compartment, a small bin in the center console, and a larger space under the central console. The cubby under the armrest is quite spacious, too, and all models have an overhead console with a sunglasses holder.
Even the base-level Lincoln Nautilus has features by the bucket load, which isn't surprising considering it's marketed as a premium SUV. On the Standard, the list includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats with driver-side memory, keyless entry, push-button and remote start, a power tailgate, and three 12-volt outlets. The safety suite is comprehensive, too, comprising a rearview camera, forward-collision avoidance, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep assist.
The Reserve adds some nice-to-haves like a power-adjustable steering column, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless phone charger, a universal garage door opener, and a hands-free liftgate. The top-of-the-range Black Label rounds things out with phone-as-key functionality, a surround-view camera, enhanced active park assist, distance indication and alert, and forward sensing. You also get Lincoln's 'Phone As A Key' standard with the Black Label model.
A 13.2-inch touchscreen grants access to an impressive infotainment system, which runs on Ford's Sync 4 software. It looks fancier than it does in regular Ford models thanks to the Constellation theme, but it functions the same. Right from the get-go, you get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, Lincoln Connect, and ten speakers. Built-in navigation is added at the Reserve level, while the top-tier Black Label enjoys the 19-speaker Revel sound system with HD Radio. This premium setup is available to the Reserve, along with a 13-speaker Revel system.