Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Maserati Ghibli VS 2016 Mercedes E-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Maserati Ghibli

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2016 Mercedes E-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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Ghibli and the E-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 43 more horsepower (345 vs. 302) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 273) than the E350 Sedan’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. 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 E400 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 E400 Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ghibli S is faster than the E350 Sedan:


E-Class Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

15.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.9 sec

3.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

98 MPH

Top Speed

175 MPH

133 MPH

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 E-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 E-Class Sedan:


E-Class Sedan

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the E-Class Sedan:


E-Class Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

125 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the Ghibli has larger standard rear tires than the E-Class Sedan (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R17). The Ghibli’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the E-Class Sedan (285/35R20 vs. 255/35R19).

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 E-Class Sedan’s standard 45 series tires. The Ghibli’s optional 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the E-Class Sedan’s optional 35 series tires.

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

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 E-Class Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the E-Class Sedan (118 inches vs. 113.2 inches).

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

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the E350 Sedan pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the E250 BlueTEC Sedan 4MATIC (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ghibli has .9 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the E-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the E-Class Sedan (17.6 vs. 12.9 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Ghibli’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The E-Class Sedan’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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 E-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 E-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 E-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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

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