Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Maserati Ghibli VS 2016 Porsche Panamera Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Maserati Ghibli

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2016 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.

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 Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning 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 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

As tested in Motor Trend the Ghibli S is faster than the Porsche Panamera V6:

Ghibli

Panamera

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104.8 MPH

99.8 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 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 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 Panamera’s standard 50 series front and 45 series rear 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 Panamera’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 18-inch wheels are standard on the Panamera. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Panamera.

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

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

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).

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 Panamera doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Panamera can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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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