2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2018 Lincoln Continental

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 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 S60’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.

The S60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Continental doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply 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 S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake 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 S60 and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The S60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Continental’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Continental.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the S60 has a standard 210-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 S60 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Continental’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The S60 T8’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 400) than the Continental’s optional 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S60 gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

S60

Continental

 

FWD

T5/Auto

24 city/36 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/27 hwy

2.7 Turbo/Auto

AWD

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

T6/Auto

21 city/32 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

2.7 Turbo/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 Turbo/Auto

The S60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 21 miles. The Continental must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo S60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Lincoln Continental (3 to 5). This means the S60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Continental every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo S60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

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The S60’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

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Chassis

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The Volvo S60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 900 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The S60 is 1 foot, 2 inches shorter than the Continental, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Continental doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S60 offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the S60 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The S60’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 nozzles are standard on the S60 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 S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Continental doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the S60 with available tilt-down mirrors 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.

Recommendations

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The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Lincoln Continental by 45% during the 2018 model year.

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