Monday, 7 September 2020

2021 Maserati Ghibli Review


2021 Maserati Ghibli


With a twin-turbocharged V-6 or V-8 engine under its shapely hood, the 2021 Maserati Ghibli is the Italian thoroughbred of the mid-size luxury sedan marketplace. 

This hot-blooded four-door looks the part, too, with its aggressive, swept-back headlamps, bodacious body sides, and distinctive fender vents. 

2021 Maserati Ghibli

Most models get the V-6, which makes either 345 or 424 horsepower and can be had with rear- or all-wheel drive. 

Opt for the V-8–powered Trofeo and the Maserati will swap the V-6 for a Ferrari-derived, 580-hp twin-turbo V-8. 

No matter the engine, the Ghibli rewards its driver with an athletic chassis and a growling exhaust note. 

2021 Maserati Ghibli

Unfortunately, the sedan isn't as proficient at hauling people, as its rear seat is less spacious than the Audi A6 or Mercedes-Benz E-class

Plus, Maserati has borrowed several low-rent switches and knobs from elsewhere in the Fiat-Chrysler portfolio. 

Still, the Ghibli's cabin can be optioned with all manner of luxury materials, including leather-and-silk upholstery from Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, which add an undeniably upscale ambiance.

2021 Maserati Ghibli

What's New for 2021?

Like its siblings—the Quattroporte sedan and the Levante SUV—the Ghibli now comes in a racy Trofeo trim powered by a 580-hp twin-turbo V-8. 

Opting for the range-topping Trofeo also adds a limited-slip rear differential and a Corsa driving mode with launch control. 

All Ghibli models receive a new infotainment system for 2021, which includes a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen display, a voice-activated virtual assistant, and an available wireless charging pad.

2021 Maserati Ghibli

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  Base: $71,000 (est.)
  •  S: $76,000 (est.)
  •  GranLusso: $78,000 (est.)
  •  GranSport: $78,000 (est.)
  •  GranLusso Q4: $85,000 (est.)
  •  GranSport: Q4: $85,000 (est.)
  •  Trofeo: $130,000 (est.)

    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. I'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.

    Vernieuwde Maserati Ghibli nu ook als Hybrid –
    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    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 ups the power to 424 horsepower. 

    Going with the range-topping Trofeo model adds a 580-hp twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine. 

    Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive (Q4 in Maserati parlance) is available with the V-6. Both engines have an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    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. 

    The engine in the Maserati Levante SUV manages a time of 5.1 seconds, so the lighter Ghibli should be noticeably quicker. 

    The Ghibli's on-road demeanor is frisky but it maintains a level of refinement that keeps it in the hunt with some of today's best luxury sport sedans.

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    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 V-6 models earn ratings of 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway; going for all-wheel drive drops the city rating to 16 mpg. The EPA hasn't released fuel economy estimates for the V-8–powered Trofeo.

    2021 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid introduced with 48-volt mild hybrid tech |  Autoblog
    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    While the exterior exudes Italian style, the cabin isn't as luxurious as expected. A few of its interior bits are sourced from lesser vehicles within the Fiat-Chrysler product portfolio.

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    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. 

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    Buyers can, however, spec the Ghibli with beautifully stitched leather-and-silk seats, a faux-suede headliner, and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. 

    The Ghibli's trunk is larger than that of the E-class or the A6, but the BMW M5-series offers slightly more space.

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    All Ghibli models come with a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features a glossy display and runs a re-skinned version Google's Android Automotive interface.

     Navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all standard. 

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    An eight-speaker audio system is standard, too, 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 while the second is a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system. A wireless charging pad is a new feature for 2021.

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    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

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    Key safety features include:

    •  Available automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
    •  Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
    •  Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

    • 2021 Maserati Ghibli
      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    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. 

    2021 Maserati Ghibli

    The 5-series and the Jaguar XF both offer better value in this category.

    •  Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    •  Power-train warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    •  No complimentary scheduled maintenance.

    • 2021 Maserati Ghibli


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