Maserati Ghibli (2013) Review
Maserati Ghibli (2013) At A Glance
Insurance Group 50
On average it achieves 67% of the official MPG figure
The Maserati Ghibli is very glamorous in its looks and image, and that alone gives it some appeal. The desirable badge does no harm on that score, either, and neither does the fact that the Ghibli is a much rarer sight than its rather ubiquitous rivals, rivals that include the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Jaguar XF. If that sounds tempting, do bear in mind that it's a pricey option compared with the rivals mentioned, and what’s more, it trails behind most of them in several key areas. But, it’s an interesting and appealing car nonetheless.
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Traditionally, Maserati has been a brand associated with style, glamour and exclusivity. With the Ghibli, however, the Italian manufacturer looked to change things up a bit. A more affordable offering to rival executive saloons like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, this car represented the beginnings of Maserati’s attempt to become less of a niche player, and more of a mainstream name.
There was already plenty of heritage behind the Ghibli name, too. It dates back to the 1960s, although back then, the Ghibli was a grand tourer designed to compete with cars like the Ferrari Daytona, rather than an executive saloon.
To keep Maserati purists happy, two Ferrari-built 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines with eight-speed automatic gearboxes were offered.
However, success in the executive saloon market hinges on the availability of a diesel, meaning that the Ghibli was the first ever Maserati model that could be fuelled from the black pump. The engine was the same 3.0-litre V6 unit used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but unfortunately, from the noise it made, you’d think it came from an old Routemaster bus.
To be honest, the Ghibli wasn’t ideal in other areas, either. The ride was firm and lumpy, the handling was only so-so and the steering was vague.
Inside, meanwhile, there wasn’t that much luxury or safety equipment, or that much space, the infotainment system on early cars was a mess and the quality of the materials and assembly wasn’t quite good enough. It’s not a bad car by any means, but remember, these are all areas in which the Ghibli’s German rivals really excel, so the differences are brought into even starker contrast.
That said, the car isn’t completely without appeal. It looks good for starters, with a long bonnet and short rear-end, and aggressive, angular features similar to those seen on the Quattroporte luxury car.