Work the diesel engine hard, and although it has a sporty edge to the sound...
Comfort and Refinement
This is a comfortable car with huggy seats that have good lateral support to hold you into the bends, and have lots of adjustment to get just the right position. The cabin has a rather special, bespoke feel about it and looks beautifully crafted, from the neat little clock in the centre of the dash, to the overall design that has a luxury look about it. Some details are excellent, including the very nicely crafted steering wheel paddle-shifts to manually operate the auto transmission, and the high calibre key fob that has a special look and feel about it.
Refinement lets the car down a bit in some aspects. Work the diesel engine hard, and although it has a sporty edge to the sound, it can growl back at you just a bit too much. There is also rather more road rumble feeding up through the suspension than we would like. Wind noise, though, is nicely muted.
Safety and Security
In common with other cars built in relatively modest numbers, the Ghibli has not been crash tested under Euro NCAP, and so lacks a rating to confirm its safety credentials. It is well-equipped, though, with electronic safety systems, including stability and traction aids, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. It has standard adaptive cruise control to let you maintain cruising speed on a motorway without encroaching on the gap between you and a slower-paced car in front. Seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees, are also standard on this car.
The Ghibli has an excellent infotainment system combined with satellite navigation, with the interface in a large. 8.4-inch touch-screen. The eight-speaker audio unit has DAB digital radio, CD player and DVD, with Aux and USB inputs and an SD card reader. The multi-function steering wheel includes remote audio controls.
The headlamps have high beam assist, and the wipers come with a rain sensor to operate them automatically when the weather changes. The doors mirrors are electrically operated and heated with power folding. The headlights are Bi-xenon and are equipped with washers to keep them clean.
- Audi A7 Sportback
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What We Liked
- Great looking car with voluptuous styling
- Gorgeous inside, classy materials and bespoke feel
- Lovely little jewel-like clock
- Good position and feel of the gear paddle-shifts
- Excellent seat comfort, very well-shaped and supportive
- Strong performance, quick off the line
- Good fuel economy and CO2 for a car with this performance
- Good infotainment setup
- It’s a car that makes you feel special behind the wheel
- Image, it’s a Maserati and that impresses people
What We Disliked
- Rather a lot of road noise, diesel a bit vocal when pushed hard
- Steering feel ok rather than highly communicative
- Some of the switches feel a bit corporate and cheap
- Not particularly generous equipment level for the high price tag
- A bit tight on head and knee room in the back for the size of car
- Smaller boot than rival models
- You have to go quite a long way to find a dealer, only 18 in total around the country
What We Would Like To See
- A significant improvement in the ride quality, it’s too harsh.
The Ghibli makes a convincing case for itself as a great-looking, strongly-performing sports saloon that will collect second looks wherever you drive it. The cabin is beautifully appointed and a very agreeable place to be, but the car’s ride quality needs sorting.4 June 2014
Maserati Ghibli Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Maserati Ghibli|
|Body Type||4-door Saloon|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Transmission||8 Speed Automatic|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||57.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 04/06/14)||£48,830|