Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 Maserati Ghibli VS 2018 Mercedes E-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 Maserati Ghibli

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2018 Mercedes E-Class

Safety Comparison

The Ghibli has standard Anti-Whiplash Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine Comparison

The Ghibli has more powerful engines than the E-Class Sedan:




Ghibli 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

E 300 Sedan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

E 400 4MATIC Sedan 3.0 turbo V6

329 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

AMG E 43 Sedan 3.0 turbo V6

396 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ghibli S is faster than the E 300 Sedan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:



E-Class Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.8 sec

11.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

17.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

7.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.9 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

92 MPH

Top Speed

175 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Ghibli has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the E-Class Sedan 300/400’s standard fuel tank (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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



E-Class Sedan


70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

128 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. 245/45R18). The Ghibli’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the E-Class Sedan (285/35R20 vs. 275/35R19).

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 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the E-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 18-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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the E-Class Sedan (118 inches vs. 115.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the E-Class Sedan.

The Ghibli’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the E-Class Sedan’s (54.2% to 45.8%). This gives the Ghibli more stable handling and braking.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the E 300 Sedan 4MATIC pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Ghibli is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the E-Class Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The Ghibli has 10 cubic feet more passenger volume than the E-Class Sedan (108 vs. 98).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the E-Class Sedan (17.6 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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.

Consumer Reports rated the Ghibli’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the E-Class Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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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