Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Maserati Ghibli VS 2016 Mercedes C-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Maserati Ghibli

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2016 Mercedes C-Class

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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 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 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’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 42 more horsepower (404 vs. 362) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 384) than the C450 AMG’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 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Sedan (21.1 vs. 17.4 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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Ghibli’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Sedan:


C-Class Sedan

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The Ghibli stops shorter than the C-Class Sedan:


C-Class Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Ghibli has larger standard tires than the C-Class Sedan (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 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:255/35R19).

The Ghibli’s standard 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-Class Sedan’s standard 50 series tires. The Ghibli’s optional 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile 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 19-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 4.2 inches wider in the rear than on the C-Class Sedan.

The Ghibli’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the C-Class Sedan’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Ghibli more stable handling and braking.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the C300 Sedan 4MATIC pulls only .87 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. 12.6 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 optional 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.

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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Ghibli has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the C-Class Sedan. 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.

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