2019 Volvo S60 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 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

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

The S60 has more powerful engines than the Continental:

 

Horsepower

Torque

S60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

S60 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

S60 Polestar T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

415 HP

494 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 S60 Polestar T8 is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:

 

S60

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.9 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Continental 2.7 turbo AWD (74 city/74 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Continental 2.7 turbo AWD (29 city/34 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

 

MPG

S60

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/36 hwy

 

AWD

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

Continental

 

FWD

3.7 DOHC V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

17 city/26 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

The S60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 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

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

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

For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:

 

S60 Polestar

Continental

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.9 inches

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.

The S60 stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

S60

Continental

 

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The S60’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

The S60 R-Design AWD handles at .91 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The S60 Polestar executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the S60’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Continental’s (37.1 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

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

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

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.

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

The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Lincoln Continental by 36% during 2018.

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