2020 Maserati Ghibli vs. 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the Ghibli and the RS 5 Sportback 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ghibli has a standard 850-amp battery. The RS 5 Sportback’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ghibli’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Ghibli has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 Sportback (21.1 vs. 15.3 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 RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the Ghibli has larger standard rear tires than the RS 5 Sportback (275/40R19 vs. 265/35R19). The Ghibli’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the RS 5 Sportback (285/35R20 vs. 275/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RS 5 Sportback’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghibli offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The RS 5 Sportback’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Ghibli’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the RS 5 Sportback (118 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the RS 5 Sportback.

Passenger Space

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The Ghibli has 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the RS 5 Sportback.

Ergonomics

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The Ghibli has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Ghibli’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 RS 5 Sportback does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Ghibli’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the RS 5 Sportback’s power windows.

On a hot day the Ghibli’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the RS 5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Ghibli’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The RS 5 Sportback’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ghibli offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Ghibli to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the Ghibli and the RS 5 Sportback have standard heated front seats. 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 RS 5 Sportback.

Model Availability

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The Ghibli is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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