Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Jaguar XF VS 2015 Maserati Ghibli Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Jaguar XF

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2015 Maserati Ghibli

Safety Comparison

The XF’s optional front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Ghibli doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XF 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 Maserati Ghibli has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The XF offers an optional Intelligent Emergency Brake, which uses 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 Ghibli doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The XF’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the XF and the Ghibli have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The XF’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Ghibli’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Jaguar dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XF’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The XF has more powerful engines than the Ghibli:

Horsepower

Torque

XF 5.0 Supercharged 5.0 V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XFR 5.0 supercharged V8

510 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

XFR-S 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli S 3.0 turbo V6

404 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the XFR is faster than the Ghibli S:

XF

Ghibli

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.5 sec

12 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.5 sec

5.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

2.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the XF gets better fuel mileage than the Ghibli:

XF

Ghibli

RWD

V6/Auto

18 city/28 hwy

15 city/25 hwy

AWD

V6/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

15 city/25 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XF V6/V8’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 Ghibli doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XF’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ghibli:

XF

5.0 Supercharged/XFR/XFR-S

Ghibli

Ghibli S

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.83 inches

14.8 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the Ghibli (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18). The XFR-S’ tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ghibli (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. F:245/40R20 & R:285/35R20).

The XF’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghibli’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Ghibli’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Maserati Ghibli.

The design of the Jaguar XF amounts to more than styling. The XF has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the Ghibli (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XF get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XFR is quieter than the Ghibli S Q4:

XF

Ghibli

At idle

44 dB

56 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The XF has 3.8 inches more front legroom and 3.4 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The XF’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Ghibli.

If the windows are left down on the XF the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Ghibli can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XF’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 Ghibli’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the XF 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 Ghibli doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the XF, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Ghibli.

Recommendations Comparison

The XF was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2009. The Ghibli has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 6 years. The Ghibli has never been an “All Star.”

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