In the world of opulent full-size sedans, the 2016 Maserati Ghibli and the 2016 Jaguar XJ are two refined options with presence and a powerful engine. That style these two sedans exude is worth their nearly $80,000 price tag, but for that price you get an elegant design, handcrafted materials, and an exclusive brand worth buying into.The 2016 Maserati Ghibli start out at $69,800 while the 2016 Jaguar XJ base retail is $74,400. Others in this class of vehicle include the BMW 6-series, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi S6, Lexus LS, Porsche Panamera, and other high-powered, full-size sedans.While there are several high-quality competitors, we’ll stick with comparing the 2016 Maserati Ghibli vs. 2016 Jaguar XJ.
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Exterior Design
Exterior designs for the 2016 Maserati Ghibli takes cues from the rest of the lineup, features Maserati’s trident logo centered on the shield-shaped grille. A gently sloping hood accentuates muscular wheel arches sporting 18- to 21-inch sized wheels. Maserati has included their quintessential air vents behind the front wheels and leads one's eye toward the rear of the car. Gently curving body lines crisscross along the rear panels, creating hips above the rear wheels with curved into the LED taillights. The rear fascia sports two dual exhausts and a gently sloping rear bumper.Over in the 2016 Jaguar XJ, exterior styling is a bit more aggressive. Slender headlights flank the rounded bottom grille featuring the round Jaguar emblem. A louvered hood sports strongly defined design lines which blend into the A-frame pillar, flowing toward the rear.
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Interior Style
Maserati is the quintessential Italian luxury car maker and, as such, have one of the highest-quality cabins in the market. Real wood accents, black piano finishes, or carbon fiber inlays are some of the interior choices you will have during purchase, not to mention many different kinds and colors of leather. Driver seats have 6-way functionality in the Ghibli, whereas Ghibli S owners have 8-way functionality. The rear seats have seating for three passengers and are optimized for long journey comfort.There are two screens in the 2016 Maserati Ghibli. A 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) screen in the instrument cluster ensures the driver is well informed with information about the vehicles systems and settings. Another 8.4-inch Maserati Touch Control display resides in the center console and provides access to the infotainment system featuring Siri, WiFi Hotspot, and an 8-speaker premium sound system, a 10-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, or a hi-fi audio system from Bowers and Wilkins sporting 15-speakers, a 1,280-watt amplifier, and configuration from QuantumLogic Surround.The 2016 Jaguar XJ offers a sportier interior with the same kind of high-quality materials, including authentic wood, diamond quilted stitch leather interiors, and more. A standard panoramic sunroof illuminates the soft grain leather interior while Phosphor Blue Halo interior lighting sets a calm mood. Both drivers and passengers have 8-way seating functionality with heated and cooled front and rear seats.Jaguar has included it’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system featuring a quad-core processor and ultra-fast Ethernet networking technology. There is also a 12.3-inch virtual instrument display in front of drivers. This system features four pre-set display modes, including full screen, 3D navigation. Rear seat passengers of the 2016 Jaguar XJ also get individual 10.2-inch screens, one in the back of each front-seat headrest, connected to a DVD player and capable of playing streamed media.  A 20-speaker Meridian audio system is standard, whereas the 26-speaker, 1,300-watt Meridian Reference Audio System offers a hi-fi listening experience.
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The Standard Ghibli trim comes with a 3.0L V6 capable of 345 horsepower, whereas the Ghibli S and Ghibli S Q4 offer 404-horsepower from a 3.0L V6 with a sportier tune. Either configuration is mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission featuring automatic normal shifting, auto sport, manual normal, manual sport, and I.C.E. Mode (Increase Control and Efficiency).Jaguar offers several choices of engine, including the 3.0L supercharged V6 creating 340 horsepower, a 5.0L supercharged V8 sporting 470 horsepower, and a 5.0L supercharged V8 pumping out 550 horsepower. There is a choice between rear- and all-wheel drive systems, with the 3.0L V6 powering all-wheel drive variants. All models’ engines are connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission connected to the JaguarDrive Selector knob and the JaguarDrive Control system.
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Both the 2016 Maserati Ghibli and 2016 Jaguar XJ offer standard airbags, traction and stability control systems, rear-view cameras, and more. Additional equipment includes advanced cruise controls, rear cross-traffic alert systems, and other driver assists.
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While the engines of both the 2016 Maserati Ghibli and the 2016 Jaguar XJ are impressive, it’s the exterior presence and the interior extravagances that make both of these two vehicles winners. And that’s also a problem, too, because they’re both so good that we can’t make up our minds between them! Maserati may have the Italian-borne richness locked down, but Jaguar’s XJ has a little more frill.Please call or visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Maserati dealership, today, if you’d like to test drive the 2016 Maserati Ghibli. If you’d like to take the 2016 Jaguar XJ for a test drive, then please call or visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Jaguar dealership today.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
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