Maserati Ghibli vs Audi A7 vs Jaguar XJ vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Maserati Ghibli vs Audi A7 vs Jaguar XJ vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2018 Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati Ghibli

When the Ghibli was first introduced back in 1966, Maserati debuted their vision of a grand tourer which delivered a reputation for sleek styling, breathtaking performance, and luxurious comfort over long-distance journeys. Embracing this same spirit, today’s Maserati Ghibli is infused with Maserati motorsport DNA to challenge even the most established names among the grand touring luxury sedan segment.

As these types of sedans continue to grow in popularity, drivers may find themselves having a difficult time choosing between them. To help demonstrate that the Maserati Ghibli is the top choice, Maserati Louisville has created this insightful comparison which highlights key differences between the Ghibli and competitors from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Audi. Let’s take a closer look at how the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 measures up against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG E 43 4MATIC Sedan, Jaguar XJ R-Sport AWD, and the Audi A7 Prestige.

2018 Maserati
Ghibli S Q4
VS 2018 Mercedes-Benz
E 43 AMG 4MATIC Sedan
2018 Jaguar
XJ R-Sport AWD
2018 Audi
A7 Prestige
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Engine 3.0L V6 Biturbo 3.0L Supercharged V6 3.0L Supercharged TFSI V6
424 Horsepower 396 340 340
428 lb ft Torque 384 lb ft 332 lb ft 325 lb ft
4.7 seconds 0–60 Time 4.5 seconds 5.7 seconds 5.2 seconds
178 MPH Top Track Speed 155 MPH 121 MPH 130 MPH
Standard DVD Entertainment System Not Available Standard Not Available
Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlamp Type LED LED LED
17.7 cubic ft Cargo Volume 13.1 cubic ft 15.2 cubic ft 24.5 cubic ft
4,123 lbs Curb Weight 4,145 lbs 4,112 lbs 4,244 lbs
65.1 inches Rear Track 62.9 inches 63.1 inches 64.4 inches


An essential component of any grand touring experience is smooth yet responsive power delivery. Among this group of four, the Maserati Ghibli holds the crown for best performance. While each of these competitors feature identically-sized 3.0L V6 engines, only the Ghibli delivers 424 horsepower and 428 lb ft of torque for potent power delivery. While the Mercedes-Benz E 43 AMG 4MATIC is the only sedan able to contend with the Ghibli in terms of a 0 – 60 time, none of the competitors can come close to the 178 MPH top speed of the Maserati Ghibli.

Drivers who demand superior performance from their luxury grand touring sedan clearly should opt for the Maserati Ghibli, as Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Audi simply can’t compete.

2018 Maserati Ghibli Twin-Turbo V6 Engine
2018 Maserati Ghiblis

Dimensions & Refinement

While high speed thrills are important, grand touring sedans are also known to prioritize comfort and refinement in order to deliver a smooth ride. Perfect for illuminating dark country roads, the Maserati Ghibli features Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps at the front which deliver exceptionally clear lighting. Each of the competitors feature LED headlamps. Unlike a traditional sedan, the liftback design of the Audi A7 gives it a slight advantage in terms of cargo capacity. Looking at just the Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar — the Ghibli delivers the most cargo volume of these traditional grand touring sedans. Its additional cubic feet of cargo space can make the difference between bringing along that additional suitcase or leaving it behind.

Finally, we shift our attention towards curb weight and rear track measurements of these four luxury sedans. The Jaguar XJ has just an 11 pound weight advantage over the second-place Maserati Ghibli. Considering that the Ghibli offers 84 greater horsepower than the XJ, the power-to-weight ratio of the Maserati clearly dominates the competition. It also features the widest rear track measurement of all four vehicles, giving it poise and stability during high-speed cornering.

Winner: Maserati Ghibli

Taking the victory in this competitive matchup is the Maserati Ghibli. Offering seductive styling, pulse-pounding performance, and advanced engineering — the Ghibli remains the top choice for luxury grand touring sedan buyers. Maserati Louisville welcomes you to come experience all that the Ghibli has to offer!

2018 Maserati Ghibli S