The Ghibli brings Maserati motoring to a new generation of executive car buyers. It’s quick, stylish and the interior looks and feels suitably luxurious.
It’s disappointing to drive, with a fidgety ride, poor body control and vague steering. It also doesn’t have much rear-seat space and most rivals are more refined.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There are three engine options: a 326bhp 3.0-litre V6, a 404bhp 3.0-litre V6 S and a 271bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel. The V6 S is seriously quick, and the diesel offers strong performance. There’s a slight hesitation in the diesel when moving off, but thereafter it feels suitably brisk, and is quick when revved hard. All models feature an excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Ride & Handling
With the suspension in Normal mode, the ride shudders over the UK’s many road imperfections. The body is also allowed to shimmy and pitch too much, jostling those inside. Body control is better in Sport mode, but then the ride is even harsher. The steering is light and accurate, but there’s hardly any information fed back from the road surface; this is the opposite of what you’d expect in any sporting car, and particularly one wearing a Maserati badge.
The diesel engine is gruff around town, but it’s reasonably quiet on the motorway, where the engine note fades into the background. Wind and road noise are kept to acceptable levels. A press of the Sport button by the gearlever activates two sound actuators in the exhausts that are designed to make the car sound sporty, but it simply changes the tone of the exhaust note, rather than making it sound significantly better. The petrols, on the other hand, emit an appealing growl.