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Maserati Ghibli (2013–)

Last updated 30 August 2017

Available with an impressive twin turbo V6 diesel engine. Improved interior finish. Strong performance and great style. Five star Euro NCAP rating.
Clunky gear selector action. Brakes lack progression. Expensive alongside the competition. Steering is a touch vague.
Updated 29 August 2017
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Maserati has long been a brand associated with style, performance and exclusivity. Things are changing though as the Italian manufacturer looks to be less of a niche player and move more into the mainstream with an expanding model range.

Step forward the new Ghibli. This is a four door saloon that sits below the Quattroporte in the Maserati line-up and in terms of size is similar to a BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF.

The Ghibli name is not new. It dates back to the 1960s, although then it was a grand tourer designed to compete with cars like the Ferrari Daytona. Now it's a more sensible saloon and the big news is that the Ghibli will be the first Maserati to come with a diesel engine. The 3.0-litre V6 unit is also used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and gets an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Alongside this are two V6 petrol engines.

The Ghibli is certainly distinctive styled, with a long bonnet and short rear-end. The aggressive front end features angular headlights similar to those seen on the Quattroporte and the grille and wing vents echo those of the V8-powered Gran Turismo. It makes much of the competition look distinctly ordinary.

Sadly the cabin isn't as dramatic and lacks some of the style you'd expect from an Italian luxury car. That said, the quality is impressive and the sumptuous interior is incredibly comfortable. One criticism is the clunky action of the gear selector which isn't very pleasant, while the paddleshifts for the gearbox are mounted on the steering column rather than the wheel itself.

The Ghibli competes with top end versions of the BMW 5 Series and the like so it's no surprise to see a price tag to match. The diesel model costs £48,600 which is competitive with rivals. It's an impressive refined saloon and a car that's guaranteed to create plenty of interest and admiration.

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