Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class VS 2017 Maserati Ghibli Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2017 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’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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the C-Class Sedan the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 107 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ghibli has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The C-Class Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Ghibli’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 3 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 AMG C43 Sedan’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 AMG C43 Sedan 3.0 turbo V6 is faster than the Ghibli S:

 

C-Class Sedan

Ghibli

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.5 sec

7.8 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

Ghibli

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./7-spd. Auto

24 city/34 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin turbo V6 (345 HP)/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin turbo V6 (404 HP)/Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./7-spd. Auto

24 city/31 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin turbo V6 (404 HP)/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The C-Class Sedan stops shorter than the Ghibli:

 

C-Class Sedan

Ghibli

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

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 front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The C-Class Sedan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. 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 AMG C43 Sedan 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 350 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the AMG C43 Sedan 4MATIC is quieter than the Ghibli S Q4:

 

C-Class Sedan

Ghibli

At idle

41 dB

56 dB

Full-Throttle

78 dB

78 dB

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 that 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.

If the windows are left down on the C-Class Sedan the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Ghibli can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 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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