2020 Audi A4 Allroad vs. 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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Safety

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The A4 Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Corsair doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the A4 Allroad and Corsair have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A4 Allroad has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Corsair’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A4 Allroad. But it costs extra on the Corsair.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the A4 Allroad’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Corsair doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the A4 Allroad and the Corsair have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The A4 Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Corsair’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The Audi A4 Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Corsair’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 A4 Allroad’s reliability 54 points higher than the Corsair.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 1 place higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A4 Allroad is faster than the Lincoln Corsair:

A4 Allroad

Corsair 2.0

Corsair 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

7.3 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.6 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A4 Allroad gets better fuel mileage than the Corsair:

MPG

A4 Allroad

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Corsair

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

Transmission

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The A4 Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Corsair doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The A4 Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Corsair doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A4 Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corsair:

A4 Allroad

Corsair

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The A4 Allroad’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Corsair are solid, not vented.

The A4 Allroad stops much shorter than the Corsair:

A4 Allroad

Corsair

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A4 Allroad has larger tires than the Corsair (245/45R18 vs. 225/60R18).

The A4 Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corsair’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4 Allroad’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the Corsair (110.9 inches vs. 106.7 inches).

The A4 Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Corsair Reserve AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The A4 Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Corsair AWD (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity

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The A4 Allroad has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Corsair with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 57.6 cubic feet).

Towing

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The A4 Allroad’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Corsair’s (3968 vs. 3000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the A4 Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Corsair. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The A4 Allroad’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 Corsair’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Corsair 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 A4 Allroad Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Corsair doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the A4 Allroad to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Corsair doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

Recommendations

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The Audi A4/S4 outsold the Lincoln Corsair/MKC by 620 units during 2019.

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