2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 6 Series Gran Coupe’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 6 Series Gran Coupe has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Continental doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe has standard Post-Crash Braking, 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.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 6 Series Gran Coupe 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 6 Series Gran Coupe and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The 6 Series Gran Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Continental’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 6 Series Gran Coupe for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Continental.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 6 Series Gran Coupe has a standard 900-amp battery. The Continental’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the 6 Series Gran Coupe is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the 6 Series Gran Coupe’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Continental’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 12 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

The 6 Series Gran Coupe has more powerful engines than the Continental:

 

Horsepower

Torque

640i Gran Coupe 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

315 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

650i Gran Coupe 4.4 turbo V8

443 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

M6 Gran Coupe 4.4 turbo V8

552 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Alpina B6 Gran Coupe 4.4 turbo V8

591 HP

590 lbs.-ft.

M6 Gran Coupe Competition 4.4 turbo V8

592 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Continental 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the 650i Gran Coupe 4.4 turbo V8 is faster than the Lincoln Continental twin turbo V6 (automatics tested):

 

6 Series Gran Coupe

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 6 Series Gran Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

6 Series Gran Coupe

Continental

 

2WD

n/a

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd. Auto

20 city/29 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

2.7 twin turbo V6/Auto

AWD

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd. Auto

19 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

2.7 twin turbo V6/Auto

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin turbo V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the 6 Series Gran Coupe’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe M6’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (21.1 vs. 18 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe offers an available 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.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the M6 w/Carbon Brakes’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:

 

M6 w/Carbon Brakes

Continental

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

The 6 Series Gran Coupe’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 6 Series Gran Coupe M6 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Continental doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

6 Series Gran Coupe

Continental

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 6 Series Gran Coupe has larger standard tires than the Continental (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18). The M6 Gran Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Continental (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. 255/45R19).

The 640i Gran Coupe’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 Standard’s standard 50 series tires. The 6 Series Gran Coupe’s optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the 6 Series Gran Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Continental doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 6 Series Gran Coupe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Continental’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Lincoln doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Continental.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the 6 Series Gran Coupe more stable handling and braking.

The M6 Gran Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The M6 Gran Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (24.3 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 6 Series Gran Coupe’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39.2 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The M6 Gran Coupe’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (41 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The 6 Series Gran Coupe is 4.2 inches shorter than the Continental, making the 6 Series Gran Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 640i Gran Coupe is quieter than the Continental Reserve AWD (36 vs. 37 dB).

Passenger Space

The 6 Series Gran Coupe has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front hip room and 2.4 inches more rear hip room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the 6 Series offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the 6 Series Gran Coupe 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.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the 6 Series Gran Coupe offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 6 Series Gran Coupe has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Continental doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the 6 Series Gran Coupe 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.

Model Availability

The BMW 6 Series comes in sedan and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Lincoln Continental isn’t available as a four-door hatchback.

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