2024 Maserati Ghibli vs. Audi A8 vs BMW 7-Series vs Lexus LS

Maserati Ghibli vs. Audi A8 vs BMW 78-Series vs Lexus LS | Maserati Louisville

Buying a luxury sedan is easy, there is no shortage of four-door sedans with comfortable interiors made with high-quality materials. But what if you also want it to be exciting? What if you don’t want to be driving the same thing everyone else is driving? Now that’s a bit more difficult. Luxury sedans tend to be pretty understated when it comes to styling, and driving dynamics tend to be a secondary consideration. But this is where the Maserati Ghibli comes in, a midsize luxury sedan built to get noticed. Built to be exciting.

But how does it stack up to the competition? What we need to see is a detailed breakdown, and fortunately, that’s precisely what Maserati Louisville has put together here.

Maserati Ghibli VS Audi A8

Maserati Ghibli Audi A8
2024 Maserati Ghibli Modena Ultima Q4 VS 2024 Audi A8
$109,500 MSRP* $90,900
424 HP / 406 LB-FT TQ ✓ Horsepower / Torque 335 HP / 369 LB-FT TQ
4.7 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 5.6 seconds
178 mph ✓ Top Speed 130 mph
38.4 feet ✓ Turning Diameter 42.2 feet
17.7 cubic feet ✓ Trunk Space 12.5 cubic feet
21 inches ✓ Wheels 19 inches
Standard ✓ Heated Steering Wheel Optional

First up against the Ghibli is the Audi A8, a longtime standard in the luxury sedan segment. Some of the A8’s popularity comes from the fact that it tends to be a bit cheaper than competitors, and we see that here too. But a quick look at the performance numbers and it’s clear that the performance gap is much larger than the price gap, with the Ghibli coming in just under a second quicker to 60 mph. And even if you don’t plan on hitting the top speed of either vehicle, the uncapped top speed of the Ghibli shows a more serious commitment to performance from Maserati. And it’s not just speed where the Ghibli has an advantage either. A much shorter turning circle makes it more maneuverable as well.

Luggage space is important for most vehicle types, and part of the fun of a performance sedan is that it mixes driving excitement with enough luggage space to take it on a trip. That’s part of why it’s notable that the Ghibli has more trunk space than the A8. But another part of why it’s notable is the fact that it’s such a huge difference. You wouldn’t be able to fit anywhere near as much in the A8’s trunk. You can also see a bit of where Audi saved money in things like the smaller wheels, and a heated steering wheel as optional equipment.

Maserati Ghibli VS BMW 7-Series

Maserati Ghibli BMW 7-Series
2024 Maserati Ghibli Modena Ultima Q4 VS 2024 BMW 740i xDrive
$109,500 ✓ MSRP* $99,400
3.0-liter turbocharged V6 Engine 3.0-liter turbocharged I6
424 ✓ Horsepower 375
406 LB-FT ✓ Torque 395 LB-FT
4.7 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 4.9 seconds
178 mph ✓ Top Speed 130 mph
4,122 lbs ✓ Curb Weight 4,855 lbs
60-40 folding ✓ Folding Back Seat Not Available
21.1 gallons ✓ Fuel Tank 19.5 gallons/td>

Our second comparison is with the BMW 7-Series, another staple of the luxury sedan segment. The 7-Series comes with rear-wheel drive, but for the sake of this comparison, we’re looking at the all-wheel drive xDrive version, since the Ghibli comes with AWD as standard equipment. The BMW comes in a bit cheaper, even with the addition of AWD, but a quick look at the power its engine is producing will tell you why that is. The extra power you get with the Ghibli, combined with the lower weight, means that it’s not just quicker to 60 mph, but also offers a much higher top speed.

And we once again see a lack of practicality when it comes to the competition. The 7-Series has a decently sized trunk, but the lack of a folding rear seat means that you’ll always be able to fit more in the Ghibli, including longer items like skis. On top of that, you’ll be stopping at the gas station less often with the Ghibli, thanks to the larger fuel tank, so you can spend more time on the slopes with the skis you were able to bring.

Maserati Ghibli VS Lexus LS

Maserati Ghibli Lexus LS
2024 Maserati Modena Ultima Q4 VS 2024 Lexus LS 500h AWD
$109,500 ✓ MSRP* $115,560
424 HP / 406 LB-FT TQ ✓ Horsepower / Torque 354 HP / 257 LB-FT TQ
4.7 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 5.2 seconds
178 mph ✓ Top Speed 136 mph
14.2 inches / 13.6 inches ✓ Brakes (front / rear) 14 inches / 13.1 inches
38.4 feet ✓ Turning Diameter 39.4 feet
4,122 lbs ✓ Curb Weight 5,093 lbs
17.7 cubic feet ✓ Trunk Space 15.19 cubic feet
21 inches ✓ Wheels 20 inches

For our last comparison, we’re looking at something a bit different, rather than another German car, we’re looking at the Lexus LS 500h, a hybrid. Lexus charges a hefty sum for this sedan, more than Maserati charges for the Ghibli. Yet the LS still offers up unimpressive performance, including a 0-60 time that is a full half second slower than the Ghibli. The Lexus hits a higher top speed than the German competitors, but only just, and it’s still a long way off from what you get with a serious performance vehicle like the Ghibli. The Lexus has brakes that are smaller than the set on the Ghibli, the size difference might not sound like a big deal, but considering the fact that the LS is heavier by nearly a thousand pounds, you really wouldn’t want them to be any smaller at all.

The Ghibli has a smaller turning circle, which is an advantage to both performance and practicality. The LS also suffers from a common problem facing hybrids, a small trunk. And while this does mean that the LS 500h does offer better fuel economy than non-hybrid versions of the LS, it’s really not as much of an improvement as you would expect. And what little fuel savings you do get with the LS are offset by the higher price.

Maserati Ghibli

Winner – Maserati Ghibli

It’s clear that competitors really can’t keep up with the Ghibli’s performance. Inside and out, the styling of the Ghibli is far more exciting and emotionally evocative than what is on offer from the Germans, and it’s easier to make it your own. But really, this kind of excitement is something you need to experience in person. Fortunately, Maserati of Louisville can help with that, stop by and see the Ghibli for yourself.

*MSRP listed does not include preparation, delivery and destination charges: USD 1,250 for all Ghibli and Levante models; USD 1,800 for all Quattroporte, GranTurismo, and GranTurismo Convertible models