2020 Lincoln Continental vs. 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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Safety

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Both the Continental and Arteon 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 Arteon’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 Arteon 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 Arteon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

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 Arteon was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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

The Continental’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Arteon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 24 percent more Lincoln dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it 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 Arteon 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 12 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Continental’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 37 more horsepower (305 vs. 268) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Continental’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 67 more horsepower (335 vs. 268) and 122 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Continental’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 produces 132 more horsepower (400 vs. 268) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln Continental turbo V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:

Continental

Arteon

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.3 MPH

91.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 Arteon 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 Arteon:

Continental

Arteon

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.2 inches

The Continental stops shorter than the Arteon:

Continental

Arteon

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

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 Arteon (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R18).

Suspension and Handling

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The Continental has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Continental flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Arteon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the Arteon (117.9 inches vs. 111.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental is .7 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the Arteon.

The Continental Black Label AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion (26.1 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

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 Arteon 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 Arteon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Continental has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Arteon (106.4 vs. 96.2).

The Continental has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

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

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 34% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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The Continental Reserve/Black Label has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Arteon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Arteon doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Continental’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Arteon’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 Arteon 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 Arteon doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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

The Lincoln Continental outsold the Volkswagen Arteon by almost three to one during 2019.

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