Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2006 Audi A6 VS 2006 Lincoln LS Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2006 Audi A6

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2006 Lincoln LS

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A6 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 LS doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A6 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 Lincoln LS has only front height adjustable seat belts.

The A6 has standard head airbag curtains for all three seat rows which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger’s upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Lincoln LS.

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

The A6 has all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Lincoln LS doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The A6 has a standard Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The ESP then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. A skid prevention system costs extra on the Lincoln LS. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

Both the A6 and the Lincoln LS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks and four wheel antilock brakes.

Warranty Comparison

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

Audi pays for scheduled maintenance on the A6 for 3 years and 38000 miles longer than Lincoln pays for maintenance for the LS (4/50,000 vs. 1/12000).

Engine Comparison

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The A6 4.2’s standard 4.2 DOHC V8 produces 55 more horsepower (335 vs. 280) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 286) than the Lincoln LS’ 3.9 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the A6 4.2 DOHC V8 is faster than the Lincoln LS:

A6

LS

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.5 sec

16.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

131 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A6 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Lincoln LS requires premium, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

The A6 has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln LS (21.1 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the A6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln LS:

A6 3.2 Sedan

A6 4.2 Sedan

LS

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

13.66 inches

11.81 inches

Rear Rotors

11.89 inches

12.99 inches

11.34 inches

The A6’s brakes have 14% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Lincoln LS (554 vs. 488.1 square inches), so the A6 has more braking power available.

The A6 stops much shorter than the Lincoln LS:

A6

Lincoln LS

80 to 0 MPH

227 feet

258 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

142 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the A6 has larger tires than the Lincoln LS (245/45R17 vs. 235/50R17).

The A6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Lincoln LS’ 50 series tires. The A6’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Lincoln LS’ optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 offers optional 18 inch wheels. The Lincoln LS’ largest wheels are only 17 inches.

The A6 has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The Lincoln LS doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

The A6 has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Lincoln LS, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The A6 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Lincoln LS’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The A6 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Lincoln LS’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A6 is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Lincoln LS.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the A6 easier. The A6’s trunk lift-over height is 28.7 inches, while the Lincoln LS’ liftover is 30.2 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the A6’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Lincoln LS’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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The A6’s front and rear power windows raise and lower automatically with one touch, especially convenient at tollbooths or drive-up windows. Only the front windows of the Lincoln LS work automatically with one touch.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A6 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Lincoln LS doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the A6 offers available cornering lights to illuminate around corners. The Lincoln LS doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To improve comfort and visibility, the A6 has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The Lincoln LS doesn’t offer any similar feature.

A power rear sun shade is optional in the A6 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Lincoln LS doesn’t offer a rear sun shade.

The A6’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Lincoln LS’ standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

When the A6 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Lincoln LS’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the A6 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Lincoln LS doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With optional voice command, the A6 offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Lincoln LS doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the A6 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A6 will cost $121 less than the Lincoln LS over a five year period.

The A6 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the A6 will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Lincoln LS.

A6

LS

Four Year

33% to 34%

27% to 29%

Two Year

50% to 53%

41% to 45%

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