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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S6 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 S6’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.
Both the S6 and Ghibli have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S6 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Ghibli’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S6. But it costs extra on the Ghibli.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the S6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The S6 has 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 S6 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The S6’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 S6’s warranty.
The S6’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid 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 S6’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid 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.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi S6 higher (5 out of 10) than the Maserati Ghibli (1). This means the S6 produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ghibli every 15,000 miles.
The S6 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Ghibli doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
For better stopping power the S6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ghibli:
For better traction, the S6 has larger tires than the Ghibli (255/40R20 vs. 235/50R18). The S6’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ghibli (255/40R20 vs. 245/40R20).
The S6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghibli’s standard 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Ghibli.
The front and rear suspension of the S6 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Ghibli, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The S6 has 3.6 inches more front legroom and 4.2 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.
With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S6 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 S6. The Ghibli doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Ghibli, the S6 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 S6 Prestige has a standard 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.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the S6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Ghibli doesn’t offer extendable visors.
A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are optional in the S6 Prestige to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Ghibli doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The S6 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Ghibli.
The S6 Prestige offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Ghibli.
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