2019 Jaguar XJ vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XJ 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 XJ’s optional 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 XJ has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Continental doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the XJ and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.


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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XJ 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.


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


The XJ has more powerful engines than the Continental:




XJ 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

XJ Supercharged 5.0 supercharged V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XJR575 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

517 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 XJ 5.0 Supercharged is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:




Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.3 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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








3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/27 hwy



3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/26 hwy



LWB 3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/25 hwy




3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy



2.7 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy



3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy



2.7 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy



3.0 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

The XJ has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (21.1 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XJ Supercharged/XJR’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:



XJ Supercharged/XJR


Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

13.6 inches

The XJ’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 XJ stops much shorter than the Continental:





70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XJ has larger standard tires than the Continental (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/50R18). The XJR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Continental (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. 255/45R19).

The XJ’s standard 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Standard’s standard 50 series tires. The XJR’s 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 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 XJ has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Continental Standard.

Suspension and Handling

The rear suspension of the XJ 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 XJ 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 XJ’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Continental (119.4 inches vs. 117.9 inches). The XJL’s wheelbase is 6.4 inches longer than on the Continental (124.3 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

The XJ’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.1% to 48.9%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the XJ more stable handling and braking.

The XJL Supercharged handles at .86 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XJL Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (26 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XJ’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39 feet vs. 41.8 feet).


The Jaguar XJ may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XJL Supercharged is quieter than the Continental Reserve AWD (71 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space

The XJL has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Continental (109 vs. 106.4).

The XJ has .2 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

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


The XJ’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Continental’s (4080 vs. 1000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XJ 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.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the XJ offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, seatbelt height and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XJ 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 XJ offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Continental doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the XJ is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XJ has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Continental.


The XJ was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The Continental has never been an “All Star.”

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