2020 Infiniti Q50 vs. 2020 Maserati Ghibli

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Safety

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The Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400’s optional 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q50 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Ghibli doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Q50 (except Pure) offers optional Infiniti Connection, 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 Q50 and the Ghibli have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Q50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Ghibli’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the Q50 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Maserati covers the Ghibli. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Ghibli ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Q50’s corrosion warranty is 3 years and unlimited miles longer than the Ghibli’s (7/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 71 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q50’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Q50’s reliability 29 points higher than the Ghibli.

Engine

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The Q50 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (400 vs. 345) than the Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q50 Red Sport 400 is faster than the Ghibli S:

Q50

Ghibli

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

12 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

13.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q50 gets better fuel mileage than the Ghibli:

Q50

Ghibli

RWD

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (300 HP)/Auto

20 city/29 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (400 HP)/Auto

20 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

AWD

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (300 HP)/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (400 HP)/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Infiniti Q50 higher (3 out of 10) than the Maserati Ghibli (1). This means the Q50 produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ghibli every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Q50 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

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For better maneuverability, the Q50’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Ghibli’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The Q50 AWD’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Ghibli’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Infiniti Q50 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 300 pounds less than the Maserati Ghibli.

The Q50 is 6.1 inches shorter than the Ghibli, making the Q50 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Q50 has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Ghibli uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The Q50 has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 6.8 inches more front legroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Q50 offers cargo security. The Ghibli’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Q50 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Ghibli can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Q50’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Ghibli’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q50 has standard extendable sun visors. The Ghibli doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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