2021 Maserati Ghibli vs. BMW 7-Series vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2021 Maserati Ghibli vs. BMW 6-Series vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Originally introduced back in 1966, the Maserati Ghibli has represented the brand’s tradition of engineering race-bred performance, seductive styling, and luxurious grand touring comfort. Power comes from your choice of V6 engines assembled at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, as well as a powerful V8 engine in the Ghibli Trofeo model. While your passengers will be surrounded with the luxury of a four-door sedan, the Ghibli offers the razor-sharp handling of a sports coupe for an inspired ride. Premium elements of Italian craftsmanship are found throughout the interior including class-exclusive Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery and a wide selection of aluminum, wood, and carbon fiber trim options.

If you’re looking to make a statement with your luxury sedan, few models are able to measure up to the benchmark set by the Maserati Ghibli. As proof, Maserati Louisville has created this in-depth comparison guide in which the Ghibli goes up against two of its largest rivals — the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Let’s see how these two premier German luxury sedans can compete with the impressive Maserati Ghibli.

Maserati Ghibli S Q4
BMW 7 Series

Maserati Ghibli vs BMW 7 Series

2021 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 VS 2021 BMW 740i xDrive
$82,240 Base MSRP $89,800
3.0L twin turbo V6 Engine 3.0L twin turbo inline 6
424 Horsepower 335
428 lb-ft Torque 330 lb-ft
All-wheel drive Drivetrain All-wheel drive
4.7 seconds 0-60 Time 4.8 seconds
13.1 seconds Quarter Mile Time 13.2 seconds
155 feet Braking Distance (70-0 MPH) 159 feet
178 MPH Top Speed 130 MPH
4,122 lbs. Curb Weight 4,381 lbs
21.1 gallons Fuel Tank Capacity 20.6 gallons

If you’re looking for all-weather sedan performance, you might be inclined to look at the BMW 740i xDrive. However, the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 is a far better choice despite costing thousands less. Both cars utilize a 3.0 liter twin-turbo 6 cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, but the Ghibli S Q4 extracts far more horsepower and torque than the BMW.

That difference in power results in a considerable difference in overall performance potential. The Maserati Ghibli S Q4 goes from zero to sixty half a second faster than the BMW 7 Series. That’s a difference you can really feel in the seat of your pants.

Of course, power is nothing without control. That’s why the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 offers superior braking in a panic-stop situation. In fact, from 70 miles per hour, the Ghibli stops 5 feet sooner than the BMW. That may not seem like much, but it’s roughly equivalent to one quarter of a car length. Those five feet could mean the difference between avoiding a collision or causing one.

The Maserati Ghibli is over 250 lbs lighter than the BMW as well, meaning it’s lighter on its feet. That helps acceleration, braking, handling, and efficiency. Of course, you don’t have to give up any of the luxury you’re accustomed to for that weight savings.

Maserati knows a thing or two about building luxury grand tourers. That’s why they can offer the ideal blend of performance and comfort. Features you might take for granted – like, for example, the larger fuel tank found in the Ghibli – can make a big difference when you’re looking for a car that’s equally at home eating up highway miles or tearing up backcountry roads.

Maserati Ghibli S Q4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Maserati Ghibli vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2021 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC
$82,240 Base MSRP $57,800
3.0L twin turbo V6 Engine 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4
424 Horsepower 255
428 lb-ft Torque 273 lb-ft
All-wheel drive Drivetrain All-wheel drive
4.7 seconds 0-60 Time 5.6 seconds
13.1 seconds Quarter Mile Time 13.6 seconds
178 MPH Top Speed 130 MPH
21.1 gallons Fuel Tank Capacity 17.4 gallons
19 inches Wheel Size 18 inches

Next up, we’ll compare the Maserati Ghibli with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. For 2021, there’s no performance variant of the E-Class available. If you want a high-performance luxury sedan, the Maserati Ghibli is your best choice.

The Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC is all-wheel drive, just like the Maserati Ghibli S Q4. That’s where the similarities end, though. While the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 is powered by a twin-turbo V6, the Mercedes-Benz is powered by a puny 2.0 liter inline four-cylinder engine.

As a direct result, the Mercedes-Benz has 169 fewer horsepower and 155 fewer lb-ft of torque. As a result, the Mercedes-Benz is almost half a second slower to 60 miles per hour and through the quarter mile.

While we must insist that you drive responsibly, it’s worth noting that the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 has a top speed of 178 miles per hour compared to just 130 for the Mercedes-Benz. That’s a considerable difference. Additionally, the Maserati Ghibli features a larger fuel tank for longer stints of uninterrupted high-speed cruising.

Simply put, the Maserati Ghibli is more dynamic and engaging to drive. For a special type of driver, the driving experience is very important. If you are that kind of driver, then you’ve come to the right place. While the Mercedes-Benz is less expensive, the Maserati Ghibli offers a bespoke performance experience, tailor-made for special drivers like you. Unlike the Mercedes-Benz, the Ghibli is an exclusive machine that you won’t see everywhere you go.

On the outside, the Ghibli includes larger wheels, as well as optional high-performance summer tires. When it comes to acceleration and handling, the Maserati cannot be beat. If you demand peak performance from your luxury sedan, then Maserati should be your first and only choice.

Winner – Maserati Ghibli

After we’ve crunched the numbers, the clear winner of this comparison is the Maserati Ghibli. The competition from Audi and Mercedes-Benz cannot match the inspired performance, dynamic styling, grand touring capabilities, and premium features found on the Maserati Ghibli. If you’re ready to experience all that the Ghibli has to offer, Maserati Louisville welcomes you to browse our extensive selection of the newest Ghibli models.

Maserati Ghibli S Q4 GranSport