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

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2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2016 Maserati Ghibli

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Maserati Ghibli doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The C-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Ghibli doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The C-Class Sedan has a standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ghibli doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The C-Class Sedan’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The C-Class Sedan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The C-Class Sedan has standard mbrace, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the Ghibli have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 6 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The C450 AMG’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 17 more horsepower (362 vs. 345) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 369) than the Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the C450 AMG is faster than the Ghibli S:

C-Class Sedan


Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.2 sec

12 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the C-Class Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Ghibli:

C-Class Sedan




25 city/34 hwy

17 city/24 hwy



16 city/24 hwy




24 city/31 hwy


450 AMG/Auto

21 city/29 hwy

16 city/24 hwy


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The C-Class Sedan stops shorter than the Ghibli:

C-Class Sedan


60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

109 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Ghibli doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The C-Class Sedan has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The C-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Ghibli doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The C450 AMG 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the Ghibli S Q4 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Ghibli’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Mercedes C-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 550 pounds less than the Maserati Ghibli.

The C-Class Sedan is 11.2 inches shorter than the Ghibli, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The C-Class Sedan is 5.3 inches narrower than the Ghibli, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the C-Class Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Ghibli doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The C-Class Sedan has 4 inches more front legroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the C-Class offers cargo security. The Ghibli’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the C-Class Sedan. The Ghibli doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Ghibli, the C-Class Sedan offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The C-Class Sedan offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the C-Class Sedan offers an optional Distronic Plus, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Ghibli doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional Mercedes-Benz Apps for the C-Class Sedan allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Ghibli doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The C-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Ghibli doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Mercedes C-Class Sedan won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Maserati Ghibli didn't win any award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-Class Sedan second among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ghibli isn’t in the top three.

The C-Class Sedan was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Ghibli has never been an “All Star.”

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