Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Maserati Ghibli VS 2015 Mercedes C-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Maserati Ghibli

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2015 Mercedes C-Class

Safety Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 104 more horsepower (345 vs. 241) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 273) than the C300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Ghibli’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 16 more horsepower (345 vs. 329) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 354) than the C400 Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Ghibli S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 75 more horsepower (404 vs. 329) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 354) than the C400 Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ghibli S is faster than the C300 Sedan:


C-Class Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104.8 MPH

93.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Ghibli has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Sedan (21.1 vs. 18 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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Ghibli’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the C-Class Sedan are solid, not vented.

The Ghibli stops shorter than the C-Class Sedan:


C-Class Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Ghibli has larger standard tires than the C-Class Sedan (235/50R18 vs. 225/50R17). The Ghibli’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (F:245/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:225/40R19 & R:245/35R19).

The Ghibli’s optional 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-Class Sedan’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the C-Class Sedan. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the C-Class Sedan.

The Ghibli has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the C-Class Sedan, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the C-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the C-Class Sedan (118 inches vs. 111.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 65.1 inches wider in the rear than on the C-Class Sedan.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the C400 Sedan 4MATIC pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the C300 Sedan 4MATIC (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ghibli has 1.7 inches more front headroom and 1.7 inches more rear headroom than the C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan (17.6 vs. 12.8 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 C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan does not have an oil pressure 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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Both the Ghibli and the C-Class Sedan offer optional 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 C-Class Sedan.

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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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