2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’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 Turismo 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the 6 Series Gran Turismo. But it costs extra on the Continental.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 6 Series Gran Turismo 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 Turismo 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’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 Turismo 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 power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 6 Series Gran Turismo has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Continental’s 175-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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

The battery on the 6 Series Gran Turismo is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the 6 Series Gran Turismo’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 Turismo’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (335 vs. 305) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 280) than the Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 640i Gran Turismo gets better fuel mileage than the Continental AWD 2.7 twin turbo V6 (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

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

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 6 Series Gran Turismo has larger standard tires than the Continental (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R18).

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’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 Turismo’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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 6 Series Gran Turismo has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Continental Standard.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 6 Series Gran Turismo 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 Turismo 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 Turismo offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Continental doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The rear suspension of the 6 Series Gran Turismo uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Continental, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo offers an available adjustable 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 Turismo has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Continental doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Continental (120.9 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.9% to 49.1%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the 6 Series Gran Turismo more stable handling and braking.

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

Passenger Space

The 6 Series Gran Turismo has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the 6 Series Gran Turismo 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 Turismo 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 Turismo 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 Turismo has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Continental doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the 6 Series Gran Turismo 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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