2014 Maserati Ghibli | new car review
Lots of standard options
Rear leg room
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is certainly a fine looking car, but without being achingly beautiful. From certain angles it looks similar to the Porsche Panamera, which is not something to be overly proud of. The bonnet has some interesting swoops, and the side gills certainly add a sporty feel. But what is it with Maserati and very small headlamps? If they were just a few centimetres bigger then perhaps it wouldn’t look so disproportionate. Overall it’s not bad, but some tweaks needed in the future methinks.
The feeling inside the Ghibli is like that of no other car. Yes it has all the usual components in the usual places, but there is an X-Factor about the inside that is very difficult to summarise. It is so well refined that your passengers may never want to get out. Or, more accurately, might not be able to get out, since rear leg room isn’t exactly generous.
The Ghibli has been fitted with a servo assisted hydraulic steering system, which according to other road testers provides an excellent feel. Its purpose is to provide the driver with a genuine driving experience, as opposed to an artificial one, which seems a bit ironic. An aluminium double wishbone suspension arrangement sits high up at the front end to offer an improved ride.
What’s on offer?
You can choose between the 3.0 litre and 3.0 litre S model. The entry 6-cylinder 3.0 litre will cost between AED 285,000 and AED 315,000, and with that you get a fabulous package of standard features; remote start, keyless entry, parking sensors, multimedia interface, Bluetooth, and an automatically dimming rear view mirror. 0-100kp/h is dealt with 5.5 seconds and at 5,500 rpm you will be pulling 410hp. The S model is a sportier option, and prices begin at around AED 325,000.
For a luxury mid-sized saloon, the Maserati Ghibli is as well equipped as anything else on the market, and arguably far better looking than its German rivals. But there are some niggles; rear leg room is a problem being one, and price being another. At AED 285,000, a basic Ghibli is over AED 100,000 more expensive than a basic E Class. Yes you have the uniqueness of the Maserati badge, but common sense has to slot in somewhere.