Maserati Ghibli review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Relatively high costs of ownership are a significant stumbling block for the Ghibli
The Ghibli diesel model was, in terms of fuel bills, the cheapest Maserati to run by quite some margin. Claimed economy of 48mpg and CO2 emissions of 158g/km, were still not particularly competitive with the BMW 530d, however.
The 2.0-litre Hybrid car offers around 33mpg and 192g/km of CO2, which Maserati says reduces emissions by around 25% compared with the standard V6 Ghibli - although still not not enough to make it an attractive proposition for company car users.
If you're considering either of the twin-turbo V6 petrol versions, then be prepared for increased running costs. Both average around 21mpg, with CO2 emissions between 254-268g/km.
You'll need even deeper pockets for the V8 Trofeo as it averages just 19mpg, although this figure will drop like a stone the moment you flex your right foot. CO2 emissions are from 279g/km.
As well as high dealer servicing costs, the Ghibli also attracts high insurance premiums – even the lowest-powered model falls into the highest possible insurance group 50. The BMW 530d is in group 45.
Maseratis of old have suffered pretty badly in terms of residual values thanks to a reputation for unreliability and problems with build quality. The modern era models may have debunked much of that old reputation, but it still seems likely that high maintenance and running costs, the model’s relative rarity and limited dealer network will be off-putting to future used car buyers.
Over an average three-year/36,000-mile ownership period, you can expect the Ghibli to hold onto around 42% of its original value. The V8 Trofeo model suffers a little more at resale time, with around 35-38% retained.
In this review
- 1Maserati Ghibli reviewThe Maserati Ghibli combines style and quality with sharp handling to rival the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Ghibli’s fun driving experience is marred by a lack of suspension refinement
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingRelatively high costs of ownership are a significant stumbling block for the Ghibli
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Ghibli’s swoopy styling impresses, but interior ambience is let-down by the details
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSwoopy styling compromises space in the rear, but the Ghibli is luxurious and refined
- 6Reliability and SafetyIt’s miles better than Italian exotics of old, but the Ghibli still lacks that ‘hewn from solid’ feel