Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Maserati Ghibli VS 2015 Audi S4 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Maserati Ghibli

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2015 Audi S4

Safety Comparison

The Ghibli offers optional ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The S4 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Ghibli and the S4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Engine Comparison

The Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 12 more horsepower (345 vs. 333) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 325) than the S4’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Ghibli S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 71 more horsepower (404 vs. 333) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 325) than the S4’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Ghibli has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the S4 (21.1 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Ghibli has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The S4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Ghibli S’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the S4:

Ghibli S


Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the S4:



70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

167 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Ghibli’s optional 285/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S4’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli offers optional 21-inch wheels. The S4’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Ghibli can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S4 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 7.3 inches longer than on the S4 (118 inches vs. 110.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 4.5 inches wider in the rear than on the S4.

The Ghibli’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the S4’s (56% to 44%). This gives the Ghibli more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Ghibli is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the S4 is rated a Compact.

The Ghibli has 17 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S4 (108 vs. 91).

The Ghibli has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the S4 with its rear seat up (17.6 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Ghibli offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The S4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Ghibli’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Ghibli’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The S4 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ghibli detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The S4 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Ghibli with available tilt-down mirrors 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 S4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Ghibli and the S4 offer available heated front seats. The Ghibli also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the S4.

The Ghibli’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The S4 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Ghibli’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The S4 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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