2019 Volvo S90 vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S90 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 S90’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 Volvo S90 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Lincoln doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Continental. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; S90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The S90 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS moves the headrests 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 S90 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.

Both the S90 and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.


The S90’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Continental’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S90 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.


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the S90 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Continental’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.


The S90 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.

As tested in Motor Trend the S90 T6 is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S90 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Continental 2.7 turbo AWD (70 city/72 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S90 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Continental 2.7 turbo AWD (26 city/33 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S90 gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:








T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/35 hwy



T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy



T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy




3.7 DOHC V6

18 city/27 hwy



2.7 turbo V6

17 city/26 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 S90 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 S90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.


An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo S90, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

The S90’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 S90 stops much shorter than the Continental:





70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S90 has larger standard tires than the Continental (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The S90’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. The S90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S90’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Continental (120.5 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

The S90 T6 Momentum handles at .90 G’s, while the Continental Reserve AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The S90 T6 Inscription executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the S90 18” wheels’ turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The S90 19” wheels’ turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (40 feet vs. 41.8 feet).


The Volvo S90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

Passenger Space

The S90 has .5 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S90’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 S90 offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.


The S90’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Continental’s (3700 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln Continental is only 1000 pounds. The S90 offers up to a 4600 lbs. towing capacity.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the S90 Inscription has a 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 S90 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S90 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 S90 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Continental doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the S90 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 S90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The Continental has never been an “All Star.”

The Volvo 90 Series outsold the Lincoln Continental by 10% during 2018.

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