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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A6 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Lincoln Continental doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The A6’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Continental doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Continental doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A6. But it costs extra on the Continental.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Continental doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the A6 and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The A6’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Continental’s (12 vs. 5 years).
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 13 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.
The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 30 more horsepower (335 vs. 305) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 280) than the Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the A6 3.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Continental with its standard engine AWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy). The A6 3.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Continental 2.7 twin turbo AWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy). The A6 3.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Continental 3.0 twin turbo AWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the A6’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A6 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Continental requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The A6 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (19.3 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Audi A6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.
The A6 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Continental doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The A6’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Continental are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the A6 has larger standard tires than the Continental (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R18).
The A6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Premiere’s standard 50 series tires. The A6 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Continental Premiere. The A6 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Continental Select/Reserve.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A6 is 2 inches wider in the front than on the Continental.
For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 5.4 feet tighter than the Continental’s (36.4 feet vs. 41.8 feet).
The A6 is 7 inches shorter than the Continental, making the A6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The A6 has .4 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.
The engine in the A6 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 11% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.
The A6’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Continental’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A6 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Continental doesn’t offer headlight washers.
When the A6 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Continental’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Audi A6/S6 outsold the Lincoln Continental by 9% during the 2018 model year.
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