Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Maserati Ghibli VS 2016 Audi A7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Maserati Ghibli

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2016 Audi A7

Safety Comparison

Both the Ghibli and the A7 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 12 more horsepower (345 vs. 333) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 325) than the A7’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 A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Ghibli has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the A7 TDI’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 19.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Ghibli has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A7 3.0T’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 19.8 gallons).

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 A7 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 A7:

Ghibli S

A7 TDI

A7 3.0T

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the A7:

Ghibli

A7

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

125 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

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 A7’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli offers optional 21-inch wheels. The A7’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 A7 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Ghibli offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The A7’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the A7 (118 inches vs. 114.7 inches).

The Ghibli’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the A7’s (54.1% to 45.9%). This gives the Ghibli more stable handling and braking.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the A7 pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ghibli’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the A7’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Maserati Ghibli may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Audi A7.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ghibli has 14 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (108 vs. 94).

The Ghibli has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the A7.

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 A7 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 A7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Ghibli to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 A7’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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