2019 Jaguar XE 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 Jaguar XE 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 XE has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Continental doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the XE and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The XE comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Continental’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Continental’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Continental.

Reliability

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

Engine

The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 280) than the Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

 

MPG

XE

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

32 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

Continental

 

FWD

3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the XE’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 Jaguar XE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

The XE 300 Sport/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 XE stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

XE

Continental

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The XE S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The XE 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 XE handles at .96 G’s, while the Continental Reserve AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XE R-Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (24.9 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is 5 feet tighter than the Continental’s (36.8 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 850 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The XE is 1 foot, 5.5 inches shorter than the Continental, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XE 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

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XE 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 XE 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.

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