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

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2015 Maserati Ghibli

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2015 Jaguar XF

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Maserati Ghibli have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jaguar XF doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ghibli S is faster than the XF 3.0 Portfolio:

Ghibli

XF

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.7 MPH

101.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Ghibli has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF (21.1 vs. 18.4 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 XF doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the XF:

Ghibli

XF

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

125 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XF’s largest wheels are only 20-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 XF doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the XF (118 inches vs. 114.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the XF 2.0T Premium pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Ghibli is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the XF is rated a Mid-size.

The Ghibli has 10 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (108 vs. 98).

The Ghibli has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XF.

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 XF doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 XF has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Ghibli to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XF doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Ghibli’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the XF’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

Both the Ghibli and the XF 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 XF.

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