Re: 2017 Continental Reviews
^...the above is a confusing review. He offers a compliment than a jab, compliment, jab, as if mechanically trying to be 'fair' but without facts to back up the jabs.
Take this for instance:
"We never warmed up to the S button or the touchier steering and higher-rev shifting it invoked."
Then he writes...
"It has what you could call “handling” and it isn’t bad. It isn’t as good as the competitors Lincoln lists like the Audi A6, BMW 5, Mercedes E and Cadillac CTS, all of which have luxury performance pretentions. But it passes its handling test with an acceptable grade."
So he keeps the Continental in the comfort setting, without using the Sport mode. which I think adjust steering and suspension also, which may match the more tight handing of the competitors models, then grades the Continental handling as acceptable.
I do see why Lincoln is slow to push the Continental out for the commercial reviews, because they for one offer a very limited review based on little experience with the vehicle and lack of knowledge of the vehicle. To that.....why are the reviewers not researching the vehicles and their attributes/amenities BEFORE going on the test drive???? Why do we on this forum know more about the vehicle than the 'professional' reviewers getting paid to do so??? This is like not studying and taking a test and whining about how the test was not fair.
But then he wrote this....
"We were thinking the whole time we were driving it that we’d be perfectly happy having this as a daily driver for the rest of our natural lives if only we had $78,510 and a slightly larger driveway."
Then he countered with this...
'Problem is, buyers in this segment are often making choices based on how much they’ll impress the neighbors. Celentino says buyers aren’t that shallow. We beg to differ.
The same would be true for the A4, but the MKZ outsold it in the US in 2015. My guess is that the A6 at about 1400 monthly is the Continental's primary target to outsell. Continental was half way there at 775 in it's first months sales without full inventory or marketing.