2020 Lincoln Aviator vs. 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Aviator (except Base) offers an optional Reverse Brake Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Aviator. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the e-tron Sportback.

The Aviator’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Aviator and the e-tron Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Aviator its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 212 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The e-tron Sportback has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Aviator 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the e-tron Sportback. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the e-tron Sportback ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Aviator’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Aviator’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 92 more horsepower (494 vs. 402) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (630 vs. 490) than the e-tron Sportback’s electric motors.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Aviator’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 525.2 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The e-tron Sportback’s range is only 204 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 9 hours.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Aviator offers optional 22-inch wheels. The e-tron Sportback’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

The Aviator has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the e-tron Sportback; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Aviator’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the e-tron Sportback (119.1 inches vs. 115 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Aviator is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 66.9 inches wider in the rear than on the e-tron Sportback.

For better maneuverability, the Aviator’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the e-tron Sportback’s (39.2 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

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The Lincoln Aviator may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 1000 pounds less than the Audi e-tron Sportback.

The Aviator Grand Touring/Black Label uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Aviator has standard seating for 7 passengers; the e-tron Sportback can only carry 5.

The Aviator has 3.4 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 4.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the e-tron Sportback.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Aviator’s middle row seats recline. The e-tron Sportback’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Aviator’s cargo area provides more volume than the e-tron Sportback.

Aviator

e-tron Sportback

Third Seat Folded

41.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

27.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

77.7 cubic feet

54.5 cubic feet

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With an 8% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Aviator’s exterior PIN entry system. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Aviator’s exterior PIN entry system. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Aviator has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the e-tron Sportback only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Aviator’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Aviator has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Aviator (except Base)’s optional Active Park Assist Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Aviator is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The e-tron Sportback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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