I had a 1.6 CVT as my rental car for a week on vacation and my 1.8 felt like a beast when I got home. The 1.6 felt very sluggish especially with the A/C running the entire time. It was very very fuel efficient though; much better than my 1.8.Yea, that's great. But don't you want that little extra oomph, for not that much of a price difference? The 1.8L is not speedy. I couldn't imagine the 1.6L. But that Lincoln, that's another story. NICE!
Good luck with your new car!