2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Continental doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Continental doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Arteon 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, front wheel drive, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Continental’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Continental’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Continental’s 3.7 DOHC V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 4 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Arteon

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 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

Transmission

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

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Continental (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The Arteon’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.

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

The Volkswagen Arteon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The Arteon is 10 inches shorter than the Continental, making the Arteon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the Continental (27.2 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

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