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It’s pronounced “gib-lee” and it’s named for an African desert wind—the perfect name for a hot Italian sedan. With its deliciously curved lines, the 2020 Maserati Ghibli’s looks are backed up by what’s under the hood: a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine offered in either 345- or 424-hp guise. Not only does the Ghibli’s engine provide quick acceleration, it also sounds fantastic, especially when Sport mode is engaged and the exhaust system opens itself up for a throatier growl. Despite its Italian-ness and a host of fancy optional extras, as a mid-size luxury car, the Ghibli doesn’t quite measure up. It borrows too many cheap interior bits from the Fiat-Chrysler parts bin to pull off its upscale price tag. Rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class and Audi A6 offer more modern tech and luxury features as standard.
Maserati has added a few standard features to the Ghibli’s GranSport and GranLusso trims for 2020, namely soft-close doors, a heated steering wheel, and the Driver Assistance package. That package bundles together pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition, and a 360-degree exterior camera system. GranLusso models can now be ordered with the GranSport’s Skyhook Performance adaptive suspension system.
If the Ghibli’s starting price seems high, that’s because it is. Most mid-size luxury sedans start around $55,000 and increase from there. But those rival sedans also start with turbocharged four-cylinders and then graduate to higher-powered V-6 engines as the price rises. The Ghibli skips the four-cylinders and offers a twin-turbo V-6 as standard equipment. We’d suggest the S model as it unlocks the engine’s full 424 ponies and covers more of the Ghibli’s interior with genuine leather upholstery.
The base setup for the Ghibli is a 345-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with rear-wheel drive; the S performance version has 424 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, and offers all-wheel drive (Q4 in Maserati parlance) as an option. Both engines have an eight-speed automatic transmission. We tested an S model back in 2014 and were charmed by the exotic sounds that it made. At our test track, it managed a 4.7-second zero-to-60-mph time—quick for 2014, but today it can be outrun by a non-AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz E-class. Since then, Maserati has upped the power on S models from 404 to 424 ponies. When we tested this engine in the Maserati Levante SUV, it managed a time of 5.1 seconds, so the lighter Ghibli should be noticeably quicker. The Ghibli’s on-road demeanor is frisky but the trade-off is a jarring ride over rough surfaces.
Since the Ghibli lacks a base four-cylinder model, its EPA fuel-economy ratings are thirstier than the average mid-size luxury car. The rear-wheel-drive models earn ratings of 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway; going for all-wheel drive drops the city rating to 16 mpg. We haven’t tested the Ghibli on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route, but plan to update this review when we get a chance to do so.
While the exterior exudes Italian style, the cabin isn’t as luxurious as expected. Too many of its interior bits are sourced from lesser vehicles within the Fiat-Chrysler product portfolio. For example: it uses the same window switches as the Jeep Cherokee and light switches and steering-column stalks from the now-defunct Chrysler Town & Country. Buyers can, however, spec the Ghibli with beautifully stitched leather-and-silk seats, a faux-suede headliner, and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. However, these optional extras are costly and still don’t help create a cabin that can rival that of the E-class or the A6. The Ghibli’s trunk is larger than that of the E-class or the A6, but the BMW 5-series offers slightly more space. When a Ghibli visits our office, we’ll see how many carry-on suitcases it can accommodate and update this review with the results.
All Ghibli models come standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features a glossy display and runs a re-skinned version of Fiat-Chrysler’s great Uconnect software interface. Navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration are all standard features. An eight-speaker audio system is standard, but audiophiles will be happy to know that Maserati offers two different premium systems as upgrades. The first is a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon setup which adds $1000 to the price of the base Ghibli and the Ghibli S; a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system costs $2000 and is only optional on the GranLusso and GranSport models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not performed crash tests on a Ghibli, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has. The Ghibli performed well in IIHS’s crash tests but missed out on a Top Safety Pick designation because the agency has yet to test the car’s headlamp performance or driver-assistance features. Key safety features include:
Most mid-size luxury cars from Europe offer simple four-year/50,000-mile warranties, and the Ghibli follows suit. It would be nice if Maserati offered a complimentary scheduled maintenance package with the purchase of a new Ghibli, but such a policy has been omitted from the car’s standard package. The 5-series and the Jaguar XF both offer better value in this category.
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