Maserati Ghibli review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Relatively high costs of ownership are a significant Ghibli stumbling block
The Ghibli Diesel is, in terms of fuel bills, the cheapest Maserati to run by quite some margin. Maserati claims it will return 48mpg and emit 158g/km of CO2, which is some way short of the BMW 530d, making it a far more expensive company car to run.
Go for the lower-powered twin-turbo V6 petrol, with 350bhp, and the official figures suggest you’ll get 32mpg and CO2 emissions of 207g/km. Opt for the higher-power 404bhp Ghibli S and that drops to 29mpg and 223g/km, which is reasonable given the performance on offer.
As well as high dealer servicing costs, the Ghibli also attracts high insurance premiums – even the lowest-powered diesel model falls into the highest possible insurance group 50. The BMW 530d is group 43.
Initial reported residuals of 57 per cent have been very good to the Ghibli – although these are likely to drop once the model becomes established. The big question is just how far they will fall.
Maseratis of old have suffered pretty badly in that respect, 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.
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 Ghibli stumbling block
- 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