2020 Lincoln Continental vs. 2020 Audi A5 Sportback

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Safety

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Both the Continental and A5 Sportback have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Continental 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 A5 Sportback’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.

The rear seatbelts optional on the Continental Reserve/Black Label inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Continental and the A5 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

The Lincoln Continental weighs 508 to 822 pounds more than the Audi A5 Sportback. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Lincoln Continental is safer than the Audi A5 Sportback:

Continental

A5 Sportback

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

26%

Neck Stress

218 lbs.

232 lbs.

Neck Compression

43 lbs.

55 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

215/313 lbs.

431/395 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

1 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

3/10 lbs.

324/341 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Lincoln Continental is safer than the Audi A5 Sportback:

Continental

A5 Sportback

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

107

172

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

71 G’s

219 G’s

Hip Force

183 lbs.

308 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

560 lbs.

777 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

666 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Continental its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A5 Sportback has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Continental 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A5 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 A5 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 Continental’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Continental has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Continental has a standard 175-amp alternator. The A5 Sportback’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (optional) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Continental has a standard 650-amp battery. The A5 Sportback’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 57 more horsepower (305 vs. 248) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Continental’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 87 more horsepower (335 vs. 248) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Continental’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 produces 152 more horsepower (400 vs. 248) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Lincoln Continental turbo V6 is faster than the Audi A5 Sportback:

Continental

A5 Sportback

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

14 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

6.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.6 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

147 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Continental has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 Sportback (18 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Continental has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Continental’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A5 Sportback:

Continental

A5 Sportback

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental Select/Reserve offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A5 Sportback’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Continental 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 A5 Sportback; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Continental’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the A5 Sportback (117.9 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental is .7 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the A5 Sportback.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Continental uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Continental uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Continental Reserve AWD is quieter than the A5 Sportback Prestige (37 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Continental has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 6.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Sportback.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Continental Reserve/Black Label’s available rear seats recline. The A5 Sportback’s rear seats don’t recline.

Towing

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The Continental has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The A5 Sportback has no towing capacity.

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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The Continental has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Continental’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the Continental the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the A5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The A5 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 Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Continental (except Standard) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Continental also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the Continental Reserve/Black Label and manual rear side window sunshades are optional to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Continental (except Standard) offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the A5 Sportback.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label 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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Continental is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Continental, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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