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2019 Lincoln Continental Interior Review

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Interior: 7.6

The 2019 Lincoln Continental's interior quality varies by trim level. The base model is a little disappointing, and while upper models have plenty of plastic surfaces, they're soft to the touch. Critics disagree about the car's general build quality. Seating is spacious and comfortable, and trunk room is good for the class. There's a long list of standard features, and technology is user-friendly.

  • "On the expensive trim levels, the abundance of plastics is a bit of a disappointment. … The bigger build quality issue is the uneven fit of body panels noticeable around the car." -- Edmunds
  • "The days of Lincolns with outdated interiors full of hard plastics and cheap bits are long over. The cabin of the … Lincoln Continental is modern, stylish and filled with upscale materials and precise fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The wood grain in our test car looked premium, as did the leather covering the seats and dashboard." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Seating

The Lincoln Continental seats five people on leatherette upholstery and comes with 10-way power-adjustable, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Options include leather upholstery, power-closing doors, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, 24-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, 30-way power-adjustable and ventilated multi-contour front seats, rear sunshades, and ventilated, power-reclining, and four-way power-adjustable rear seats.

For installing child safety seats, the Continental has two complete sets of LATCH connections on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has a dedicated tether anchor and it can borrow lower anchors from either side. The system is generally easy to use, but the lower anchors are set a little deep in the seats.

The front seats are comfortable and offer lots of support and customization options to help you find a relaxing position. Rear-seat space is ample, especially legroom, but taller passengers won’t have an abundance of headroom.

  • "The optional multi-contour front seats are interesting, if not over complex and gimmicky. With some fiddling, it's possible to find a comfortable position, and the seats offer heating, cooling and massage. The rear seats are nicely contoured and have enough thigh support for tall passengers. … There's plenty of room, although the cabin design makes the front feel a little tighter than it is. The excess of rear legroom and toe room is a big selling point. … Rear headroom is average and lacking for tall adults, particularly in the center seat." -- Edmunds
  • "… the real draw with the new Lincoln Continental lies in its attention to detail and the ability to really personalize the car. For example, the seat-bottom extender is split 50/50, and you can get 30-way power seats, letting you find that perfect seating position. The gauges are reconfigurable to suit individual tastes, the automatic climate control has three levels, and you can customize the suspension, transmission and acceleration, so the car can really feel the way you want it to feel." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "It's also spacious with room for five and comfortable with front seats with 10-, 24- or 30-way adjustment with heat and massage." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Lincoln Continental include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, remote start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, and the MyKey driver monitoring system. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker stereo, and satellite radio. Standard driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Optional features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, HD Radio, a 13- or 19-speaker Revel premium stereo, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, two second-row USB ports, navigation, automatic parking assist, a head-up display, and a surround-view parking camera.

The standard touch-screen interface is straightforward and user-friendly. The screen is large and it processes your commands quickly. You can also use voice controls to tweak things like the temperature, though the interface doesn't prompt you to do so.

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  • "The Continental uses some of the best of what parent company, Ford, has to offer. While the infotainment and driver aids are very competitive in Ford's market, they're less so in a car priced against luxury offerings that are currently pushing the technology envelope. … The native Sync system makes an admirable attempt at understanding you and puts prompts on screen as well as offering spoken guidance when it can't. Not all commands are made clear, though: Temperature can be adjusted by voice, but there's no prompt on screen to tell you that." -- Edmunds
  • "The configurable gauge cluster is digital and minimalistic and the Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to use, featuring an onboard 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and a large touch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Sync 3 is standard on the new Continental, and it is such an improvement over the old MyLincoln Touch touchscreen system that it feels like a complete rethink. Fast, easy to use, well laid out, the latest Sync system transforms Ford and Lincoln multimedia systems from frustrating to fantastic." -- Cars.com (2017)

Cargo

The Lincoln Continental has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for the class. The trunk opening is wide, but the cargo hold itself isn't that tall. A hands-free power trunk is optional.

  • "The Continental's trunk has a respectable 16.7-cubic-foot capacity. It's deep and wide but not very tall. Some bulky objects simply won't fit. Liftover height is pleasantly low." -- Edmunds
  • "The Continental's trunk is long and wide, though not exceptionally deep." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "… the Continental skimps on some traditional Lincoln strong suits in favor of style. For example, trunk space is a middling 16.7 cubic feet, while more traditional large luxury sedans manage a couple more cubic feet out back. Additionally, if you get the rear seat package, your only access to the trunk from the cabin is via a small pass-through in between the two seats." -- New York Daily News (2017)
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