2020 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Maserati Ghibli

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 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 S60’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 S60 and Ghibli have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 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.

The S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake 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 S60’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 S60 has standard Volvo On Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 S60 and the Ghibli have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The S60’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Ghibli’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Ghibli.

There are almost 3 times as many Volvo dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the S60’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 S60’s reliability 20 points higher than the Ghibli.

Engine

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The S60 T8’s 2.0 turbo/SC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 406) than the Ghibli S’ optional 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 gets better mileage running on electricity than the Ghibli S Q4 (70 city/68 hwy MPGe vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 gets better fuel mileage running on gasoline than the Ghibli RWD with its standard engine (28 city/33 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Ghibli RWD with its standard engine (24 city/34 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

The S60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Ghibli must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo S60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Maserati Ghibli (1). This means the S60 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ghibli every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ghibli:

S60 Polestar

Ghibli

Ghibli S

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The S60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghibli’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The S60 R-Design AWD handles at .94 G’s, while the Ghibli S Q4 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the S60’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Ghibli’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Volvo S60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Maserati Ghibli.

The S60 is 8.3 inches shorter than the Ghibli, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Volvo S60 amounts to more than styling. The S60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Ghibli (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the S60 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The S60 has 4.6 inches more front legroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Ghibli doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S60 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 S60. The Ghibli doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The S60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Ghibli has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Ghibli, the S60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The S60 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 nozzles are standard on the S60 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.

Consumer Reports rated the S60’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Ghibli’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The S60’s optional Park Assist Pilot 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.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the S60 second among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ghibli isn’t in the top three.

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