Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Maserati Ghibli VS 2015 Porsche Panamera Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Maserati Ghibli

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2015 Porsche Panamera

Safety Comparison

The Ghibli has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Panamera doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Ghibli and the Panamera 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Panamera doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Ghibli stops shorter than the Panamera:

Ghibli

Panamera

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Panamera’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Panamera’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 Panamera doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

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 Panamera, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Panamera (118 inches vs. 115 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Ghibli’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The Ghibli’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Panamera’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Ghibli has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4.

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

The Ghibli has .8 inches more front headroom, 5.9 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Panamera.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the Panamera with its rear seat up (17.6 vs. 15.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Panamera’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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