2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback vs. 2019 Maserati Ghibli

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi RS 5 Sportback have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Maserati Ghibli doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The RS 5 Sportback’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the RS 5 Sportback. But it costs extra on the Ghibli.

The RS 5 Sportback has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 RS 5 Sportback 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.


The RS 5 Sportback’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Ghibli’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Audi dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the RS 5 Sportback’s warranty.


The RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6 produces 99 more horsepower (444 vs. 345) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 369) than the Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6 produces 20 more horsepower (444 vs. 424) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 406) than the Ghibli S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the RS 5 Sportback gets better fuel mileage than the Ghibli S Q4 3.0 twin turbo V6 (424 HP) (17 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the RS 5 Sportback’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi RS 5 Sportback higher (5 out of 10) than the Maserati Ghibli (1). This means the RS 5 Sportback produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ghibli every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the RS 5 Sportback’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ghibli:


RS 5 Sportback

RS 5 Sportback


Ghibli S

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

15.7 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The RS 5 Sportback offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Ghibli doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the RS 5 Sportback has larger standard tires than the Ghibli (265/35R19 vs. 245/45R19). The RS 5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ghibli (275/30R20 vs. 245/40R20).

The RS 5 Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghibli’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The RS 5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Ghibli’s optional 35 series front tires.


The RS 5 Sportback is 7.4 inches shorter than the Ghibli, making the RS 5 Sportback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The RS 5 Sportback has .6 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front legroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the RS 5 Sportback. The Ghibli doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.


The RS 5 Sportback offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the RS 5 Sportback to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Ghibli.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RS 5 Sportback has standard extendable sun visors. The Ghibli doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The RS 5 Sportback’s optional Park Steering 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.

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