2019 Audi S5 Sportback vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S5 Sportback have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln Continental doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S5 Sportback’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 S5 Sportback has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply 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 S5 Sportback. But it costs extra on the Continental.

Both the S5 Sportback and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The S5 Sportback’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Continental’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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.

Engine

The S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 44 more horsepower (349 vs. 305) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 280) than the Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 14 more horsepower (349 vs. 335) than the Continental’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi S5 Sportback is faster than the Lincoln Continental twin turbo V6:

 

S5 Sportback

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S5 Sportback gets better fuel mileage than the Continental AWD 2.7 twin turbo V6 (21 city/30 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the S5 Sportback’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi S5 Sportback higher (5 out of 10) than the Lincoln Continental (3 to 5). This means the S5 Sportback produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Continental every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Audi S5 Sportback, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

The S5 Sportback’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.

The S5 Sportback stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

S5 Sportback

Continental

 

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S5 Sportback has larger standard tires than the Continental (245/40R18 vs. 235/50R18). The S5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Continental (265/30R20 vs. 255/45R19).

The S5 Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Standard’s standard 50 series tires. The S5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The S5 Sportback’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the S5 Sportback more stable handling and braking.

The S5 Sportback Prestige handles at .95 G’s, while the Continental Reserve AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The S5 Sportback Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the S5 Sportback’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.4 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Audi S5 Sportback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The S5 Sportback is 1 foot, 2.3 inches shorter than the Continental, making the S5 Sportback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the S5 Sportback 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.

Ergonomics

The S5 Sportback has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S5 Sportback to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Continental doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

When the S5 Sportback 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi S5 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Continental doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi S5 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Continental doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

The Audi S5 comes in coupe, convertible and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Lincoln Continental isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Economic Advantages

The S5 Sportback will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the S5 Sportback will retain 51.38% to 51.57% of its original price after five years, while the Continental only retains 38.61% to 40.36%.

Recommendations

The Audi A5/S5/RS 5 outsold the Lincoln Continental by over three to one during the 2018 model year.

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