Reviewed: Maserati Ghibli

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Italy, home of high fashion, fine wine and cars with soul. It might be a cliche, but the Italians know how to build a car that sounds good, looks good and ignites the senses. Welcome to the world of Maserati cars, perfectly suited for those of you who do not want to conform with ‘Joe next door’, for those who want quality and luxury in abundance, and for those who feel the need to stand out from the crowd.

Maserati Ghibli

I am a fan of thinking outside the box and not conforming to what most see as ‘normal’ What actually is normal though? There are obvious options in the crowded an executive car segment: BMW 5 series, Jaguar XE and Mercedes E class offer a mind-boggling host of engines, trim levels and options. Once you’ve ticked all the boxes and loaded the equipment you desire, you could easily be heading north of £40k. And for what? A car that’s potentially indistinguishable from the school runner that lives two doors down.

Maserati Ghibli

This is where the Maserati Ghibli comes in. The design is unique and stylish. Open the door and the interior exudes luxury; the car has a nimble, sporty chassis like as standard, and all for less than £50k. Yes, that’s right. And I never thought I would ever say it, a brand new Maserati for less than £50k.

The Ghibli I tested thanks to Charles Hurst | Maserati Belfast is a real head turner in the ‘Blu Emozione’ metallic paint with its arch hugging 20” alloys. A low slung nose swoops into the vented wings and the rear bulbous quarter panels add a touch of well-balanced elegance.

Maserati Ghibli

The deep leather seats not only look great and feel great, they smell great too. In fact, the whole cabin is swathed in sumptuous black leather with contrasting white stitching. Only very funky analogue clock protruding from the top of the dash breaks up the acres of luscious cow hide. The luxury feel is added to with dark materials used on the pillars and headliner whilst a very contemporary wood trim has been used on the doors and centre console. The way the wood is finished may not be to everyone’s taste but I think the choice is refreshingly different. Rear seating is ample for two adults, whilst comfort is aided with central air vents and a central armrest with drinks holders.

Maserati Ghibli

Engine-wise, the choices are a 3.0 V6 petrol from the Ferrari stable producing 350bhp in the Ghibli and 410bhp in the Ghibli S. The diesel unit, on the other hand, kicks out 275bhp and 600Nm of torque. Weight is kept to a minimum where possible by using aluminium panels. Even a lot of the metal components around the engine are made of alloy in the name of weight saving and perfect distribution.

I was not disappointed by the Ghibli diesel as it was very refined and pulled incredibly well in all gears, right through the rev range. The gearbox is an 8 speed ZF automatic, with optional paddle shift (as fitted to this car).

Maserati has always been about the driving experience and things are no different for the Ghibli. I would go as far as saying that it is the best driving car in the class (I have not yet driven the Alfa Giulia which may give it a run for its money) and is one of those cars that you don’t need an excuse to just go for a drive in.

Maserati Ghibli

With a 50:50 weight distribution (or very close to it for the Ghibli diesel) the car has poise and exceptional balance. In fact, a lap of the famous Dundrod Ulster GP circuit only confirmed how majestically the Ghibli delivered power and handled the swooping curves and hollows of this iconic road racing track.

Annual road tax on the Ghibli diesel tested is a mere £185/annum and will return in the region of 40mpg. Overall, the Maserati Ghibli is practical, yet dripping with Italian style. It has the feel of a sports car, has incredible driver appeal and looks like nothing else on the road. Pricing starts from £49,860 for the Ghibli diesel with the Ghibli starting from £54,325 with the range-topping Ghibli S can be bought from £65,325.



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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at

RMS Forum Comments

Dub_cub 89 replied at 20:11, Wed 04 Jan, 2017
Was behind a gold coloured one of these today and it was the first new car in a good while to catch my eye. Looked very wide and nicely proportioned from behind.
mx5 turbo replied at 20:45, Wed 04 Jan, 2017
Was in one at the weekend a friend had as demo when we were away for new year's. Some noise off it, has a flap thing to make it louder, even on ticker over. Small inside though compared to 5 series
redanni replied at 20:48, Wed 04 Jan, 2017
These seem to be everywhere ATM, seen 4 last weekend
Woodcutter replied at 20:50, Wed 04 Jan, 2017
Love these, there's a black one up here and it looks great. Nice article and pics G.
Boabybooster replied at 20:57, Wed 04 Jan, 2017
A diseasel Maserati, blasphemy.
bigZ replied at 21:39, Wed 04 Jan, 2017
I love Maserati and aim to own one before I'm 45. But I just can't warm to the shape of the "giblet". Its like the Porsche Panamera, there's just no need. Each time I see both of the above I just think they are to the retrospective manufacturers what the vel satis was to Renault.
Ghisallo replied at 22:12, Wed 04 Jan, 2017
Ghibli.... from this To this To a big fat four door derv saloon?
big_pete replied at 23:18, Wed 04 Jan, 2017
They are a cracking steer. If I was in the market for a car that size it would be my first choice. Great value too
Charlieboyoo replied at 06:40, Thu 05 Jan, 2017
They look stunning,only downfall is when you spec it up to a 535d the Ghibli options are thousands more.I read it's a nice car to drive but the gearbox is a bit disappointing
Mark King replied at 22:13, Sat 14 Jan, 2017
Drove one of these last week and didn't think much from it,sounded terrible and felt very unfinished inside @g4ost