2020 Lincoln Continental vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG A-Class

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln Continental are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Mercedes AMG A-Class doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Continental and AMG A-Class 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 AMG A-Class’ 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 AMG A-Class doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

To help make backing safer, the Continental’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Continental and the AMG A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

The Lincoln Continental weighs 772 to 1086 pounds more than the Mercedes AMG A-Class. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 AMG A-Class has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

There are over 2 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Mercedes 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 AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 6 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 3 more horsepower (305 vs. 302) than the AMG A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Continental’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 33 more horsepower (335 vs. 302) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 295) than the AMG A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Continental’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 produces 98 more horsepower (400 vs. 302) and 105 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 295) than the AMG A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Continental has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG A-Class (18 vs. 13.5 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 AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental Select/Reserve’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG A-Class (255/45R19 vs. 235/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental Select/Reserve offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG A-Class’ 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 AMG A-Class; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the AMG A-Class don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental’s wheelbase is 10.5 inches longer than on the AMG A-Class (117.9 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the AMG A-Class.

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 AMG A-Class 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 AMG A-Class doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Continental a Large car, while the AMG A-Class is rated a Compact.

The Continental has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the AMG A-Class (106.4 vs. 93).

The Continental has 2.6 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 7.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG A-Class.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Continental Reserve/Black Label’s available rear seats recline. The AMG A-Class’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Continental has a much larger trunk than the AMG A-Class (16.7 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Continental offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Towing

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The Continental has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The AMG A-Class has no towing capacity.

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 Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The AMG A-Class doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 AMG A-Class doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Continental has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG A-Class doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

The Continental has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the AMG A-Class. The Continental also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the AMG A-Class.

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 AMG A-Class doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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 AMG A-Class 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 AMG A-Class 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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