Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Maserati Ghibli VS 2016 Audi A6 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Maserati Ghibli

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2016 Audi A6

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Ghibli’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The A6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Ghibli and the A6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Engine Comparison

The Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 93 more horsepower (345 vs. 252) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 273) than the A6 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Ghibli’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 12 more horsepower (345 vs. 333) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 325) than the A6 3.0T’s standard 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 A6 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ghibli S is faster than the A6 3.0T:

Ghibli

A6

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

13.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

101 MPH

Top Speed

175 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Ghibli has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the A6 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 A6’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 A6 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 A6:

Ghibli S

A6 2.0T/TDI

A6 3.0T

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

13 inches

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 A6 2.0T/TDI are solid, not vented.

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the A6:

Ghibli

A6

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

125 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the Ghibli has larger standard rear tires than the A6 (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R18). The Ghibli’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the A6 (285/35R20 vs. 255/40R19).

The Ghibli’s standard 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A6’s standard 45 series tires. The Ghibli’s optional 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the A6’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the A6. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the A6.

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 A6’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the A6 (118 inches vs. 114.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the A6.

The Ghibli’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the A6’s (55.6% to 44.4%). This gives the Ghibli more stable handling and braking.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the A6 2.0T Quattro pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the A6 2.0T Quattro (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Ghibli’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the A6’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Ghibli is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the A6 is rated a Mid-size.

The Ghibli has 10.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A6 (108 vs. 97.2).

The Ghibli has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A6.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the A6 (17.6 vs. 14.1 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghibli’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The A6 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 A6 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 A6 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the windows are left down on the Ghibli the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the A6 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Keyless Entry and Go standard on the Ghibli allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi A6’s available Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Ghibli offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The A6 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 A6’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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