Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Audi A6 VS 2014 Lincoln MKS Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Audi A6

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2014 Lincoln MKS

Safety Comparison

The A6’s front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKS 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 MKS doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The A6 Premium Plus/Prestige offers optional Pre Sense Plus, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKS offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Audi A6 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKS doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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 MKS doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The A6 Premium Plus/Prestige offers an optional Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKS only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the A6 and the MKS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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 MKS’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The A6 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 6 more horsepower (310 vs. 304) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 279) than the MKS’ standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 149 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 279) than the MKS’ standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 350) than the MKS’ optional 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the A6 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Lincoln MKS twin turbo V6:

A6

MKS

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.9 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.2 MPH

98.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A6 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the MKS AWD (24 city/38 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

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

A6

MKS

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/33 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl./8-spdAuto

20 city/29 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

3.0 S.C. V6/8-spd Auto

18 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.5 Turbo V6/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A6 3.0 T/TDI’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The MKS doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

A6 3.0T

MKS

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.86 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The A6 Prestige’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 MKS’ optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A6’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the MKS (114.7 inches vs. 112.9 inches).

The A6 3.0T Quattro handles at .95 G’s, while the MKS AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A6 3.0T Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.1 seconds quicker than the MKS AWD (25.1 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi A6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Lincoln MKS.

The A6 is 11.7 inches shorter than the MKS, making the A6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The A6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The MKS doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the A6. The MKS doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The A6 Prestige offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKS doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The A6’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The MKS’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 MKS doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 MKS doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the A6 owner. Kiplinger’s estimates that insurance for the A6 will cost $297 to $455 less than the MKS each year.

The A6 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the A6 will retain 42.23% to 44.22% of its original price after five years, while the MKS only retains 37.26% to 40.05%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A6 is less expensive to operate than the MKS because typical repairs cost much less on the A6 than the MKS, including $702 less for a water pump, $764 less for an alternator, $5 less for fuel injection and $1283 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi A6 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

A6

MKS

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

FALSE

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

1

J.D. Power and Associates rated the A6 second among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The MKS isn’t in the top three.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 931, Strategic Vision rated the Audi A6 21 points higher than the Lincoln MKS for 2012.

The A6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 4 of the last 14 years. The MKS has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Audi A6/S6 outsold the Lincoln MKS by 43% during the 2012 model year.

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