2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2018 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Lincoln Continental doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The E-Class Sedan’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.

Both the E-Class Sedan and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the E-Class Sedan has a standard 180-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 E-Class Sedan has a standard 850-amp battery. The Continental’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the E-Class Sedan’s reliability 50 points higher than the Continental.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 8 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

The AMG E 53 Sedan’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 29 more horsepower (429 vs. 400) than the Continental’s optional 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the E-Class Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

E-Class

Continental

 

2WD

300/Auto

22 city/30 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/27 hwy

2.7 twin turbo V6/Auto

AWD

300/Auto

21 city/29 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

450/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

2.7 twin turbo V6/Auto

 

AMG 53/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin turbo V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the E-Class Sedan 53 AMG’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The E-Class Sedan 450/AMG 53’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (21.1 vs.

18 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Sedan higher (5 out of 10) than the Lincoln Continental (3 to 5). This means the E-Class Sedan produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Continental every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, 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 AMG E 53 Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:

 

AMG E 53

Continental

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

The E-Class Sedan’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 E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

E-Class

Continental

 

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the E-Class Sedan has larger standard tires than the Continental (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The E-Class Sedan’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 Premiere’s standard 50 series tires. The E-Class Sedan’s optional 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series 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 E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Class Sedan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Continental doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.2% to 45.8%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the E-Class Sedan more stable handling and braking.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.2 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Mercedes E-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The E-Class Sedan is 7.6 inches shorter than the Continental, making the E-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The E-Class Sedan has .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

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

Servicing Ease

The engine in the E-Class Sedan 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With an 8% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the E-Class Sedan has standard driver and 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.

The E-Class Sedan 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.

The E-Class Sedan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Continental’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Continental doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the E-Class Sedan has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Continental doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

When the E-Class Sedan 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 Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Lincoln Continental isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The E-Class was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Continental has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Lincoln Continental by almost five to one during the 2018 model year.

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