Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi A6 VS 2017 Lincoln Continental Near Greenville, NC

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2018 Audi A6

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2018 Audi A6

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2017 Lincoln Continental

Safety Comparison

The A6’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.

The A6 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Continental doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Continental doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The Continental doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the A6 and the Continental 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The A6’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Continental’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the A6 has a standard 180-amp alternator. The Continental’s 175-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the A6 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the A6’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Continental’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A6 gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:







2.0 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/34 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto


2.7 twin turbo V6/Auto


18 city/27 hwy

2.7 V6/Auto


2.0 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto


3.0 V6/Auto

20 city/29 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

2.7 V6/Auto


3.0 twin turbo V6/Auto


16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

The A6 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (19.8 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A6 3.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:


A6 3.0T


Front Rotors

14 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The A6 3.0T’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 A6 stops much shorter than the Continental:





70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The A6’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A6 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 A6’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the A6 more stable handling and braking.

The A6 3.0T Premium Plus Quattro handles at .95 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A6 3.0T Premium Plus Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25.1 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi A6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The A6 is 7.2 inches shorter than the Continental, making the A6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A6 3.0T Competition Quattro is quieter than the Continental Reserve AWD:




At idle

36 dB

37 dB


71 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The A6 has .1 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the A6 offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the A6 Prestige offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The A6 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.

The A6’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Continental’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A6 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Continental doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A6 is less expensive to operate than the Continental because typical repairs cost much less on the A6 than the Continental, including $592 less for a water pump, $356 less for a timing belt/chain and $360 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi A6, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The A6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 5 of the last 18 years. The Continental has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Audi A6/S6 outsold the Lincoln Continental by 25% during the 2017 model year.

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