2019 Jaguar XF 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 XF 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 XF 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 XF 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF 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.

Engine

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

As tested in Motor Trend the XF S is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:

 

XF

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.1 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

XF Sedan

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

31 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 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 XF’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XF Sportbrake’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (19.8 vs. 18 gallons).

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

The XF’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 XF has larger standard tires than the Continental (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The XF’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 XF’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The XF Sportbrake 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.

The XF’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the XF more stable handling and braking.

The XF S Sedan AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XF S Sedan AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25.5 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The XF Sedan is 6.4 inches shorter than the Continental, making the XF easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the XF S Sedan AWD is quieter than the Continental Reserve AWD (64 vs. 67 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Continental (17.8 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

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

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XF 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 XF Portfolio/S has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XF 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.

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

When the XF 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 Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Lincoln Continental isn’t available as a station wagon.

Recommendations

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The Continental has never been an “All Star.”

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