2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Maserati Ghibli

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-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 E-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 rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Ghibli doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Active Brake Assist in the E-Class Sedan as “Superior.” The Ghibli scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

The E-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 E-Class Sedan has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, 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 E-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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ghibli has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

The E-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 E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the E-Class Sedan’s reliability 70 points higher than the Ghibli.

Engine

The AMG E 53 Sedan’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 5 more horsepower (429 vs. 424) than the Ghibli S’ optional 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG E 53 Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Ghibli S Q4 (21 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

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

 

 

E-Class

Ghibli

 

RWD

300/Auto

22 city/30 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

Base/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

S/Auto

AWD

300/Auto

21 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

 

450/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

S/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the E-Class Sedan 53 AMG’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 Mercedes E-Class Sedan higher (5 out of 10) than the Maserati Ghibli (1). This means the E-Class Sedan produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ghibli every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Ghibli.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG E 53 Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ghibli:

 

AMG E 53

Ghibli

Ghibli S

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The E-Class Sedan stops shorter than the Ghibli:

 

E-Class

Ghibli

 

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-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

The E-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 E-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 E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the Ghibli S Q4 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Ghibli S Q4 (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the E-Class Sedan has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Ghibli uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the E 300 Sedan 4MATIC is quieter than the Ghibli S Q4:

 

E-Class Sedan

Ghibli

At idle

38 dB

56 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The E-Class Sedan has 4 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ghibli.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the E-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 E-Class Sedan. The Ghibli doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Ghibli, the E-Class Sedan has standard driver and 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 E-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.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Ghibli doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its optional heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the E-Class Sedan has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Ghibli doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

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

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The E-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.

Model Availability

The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Maserati Ghibli isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Maserati Ghibli isn't recommended.

The E-Class was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Ghibli has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Maserati Ghibli by almost 9 to one during 2017.

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