2020 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2020 Lincoln Continental

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln Continental doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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

Both the E-Class Sedan and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mercedes E-Class Sedan is safer than the Lincoln Continental:

E-Class Sedan

Continental

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

180

302

Neck Injury Risk

35%

35%

Neck Stress

105 lbs.

181 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 Mercedes E-Class Sedan is safer than the Lincoln Continental:

E-Class Sedan

Continental

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

215

322

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

11 inches

15 inches

HIC

326

369

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

47 G’s

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

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the E-Class Sedan has a standard 180-amp alternator. The Continental’s 175-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Sedan has a standard 850-amp battery. The Continental’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 3 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the E-Class Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

E-Class Sedan

Continental

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

23 city/32 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

n/a

18 city/27 hwy

2.7 twin-turbo V6/Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/30 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

3.0 turbo V6/9-spd. Auto

20 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

2.7 twin-turbo V6/Auto

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin-turbo V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the E-Class Sedan 53 AMG’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The E-Class Sedan 450/AMG 53’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (21.1 vs. 18 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Sedan higher (5 out of 10) than the Lincoln Continental (3 to 5). This means the E-Class Sedan produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Continental every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:

E 450 4MATIC Sedan

Continental

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

The E-Class Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Continental are solid, not vented.

The E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the Continental:

E-Class Sedan

Continental

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the E-Class Sedan has larger standard tires than the Continental (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The E-Class Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Standard’s standard 50 series tires. The E-Class Sedan’s optional 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Continental doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The E-Class Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Continental’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

The E-Class Sedan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Class Sedan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Continental doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.2% to 45.8%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the E-Class Sedan more stable handling and braking.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes E-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The E-Class Sedan is 7.6 inches shorter than the Continental, making the E-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The E-Class Sedan has .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the E-Class offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the E-Class Sedan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 5% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the E-Class Sedan has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The E-Class Sedan’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Continental’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The E-Class Sedan has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Continental doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

When the E-Class Sedan is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Continental’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes E-Class offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Continental doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The E-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Continental Reserve/Black Label’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Lincoln Continental isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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The E-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the E-Class Sedan will retain 35.76% to 35.92% of its original price after five years, while the Continental only retains 33.43% to 34.15%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the E-Class Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Continental because typical repairs cost much less on the E-Class Sedan than the Continental, including $23 less for front brake pads, $179 less for front struts and $224 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Continental has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Lincoln Continental by over six to one during the 2019 model year.

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