Maserati Ghibli review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Swoopy styling compromises space in the rear, but the Ghibli is luxurious and refined
The Ghibli is only available as a four-door saloon, but its swoopy styling makes it more of a rival for cars like the Jaguar XF, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes CLS Class saloon than a challenger to the ‘regular’ 5 Series or E Class.
Up front, there’s lots of seat and wheel adjustment, although the offset pedals mean your legs are angled away from your arms – it’s a good job the car is only available as an auto, as the addition of a clutch pedal would exacerbate the problem.
An air-conditioned glovebox, large door pockets, a centre console storage bin and 60/40 split rear seats help make the interior a genuinely useable space, and the luxurious interior trim creates a comfortable ambience. The car is quiet and refined while driving, although pressing the Sport button makes the exhaust a lot more intrusive. The ride quality is less than perfect on the UK’s increasingly pot-holed roads, which some owners will find irritating too.
With an overall length of 4,971mm the Maserati Ghibli is less than 20mm longer than the Jaguar XF, but its 1,945mm girth is 65mm broader wider than the Jag.
The BMW 5 series saloon measures up at 4,899mm x 1,860mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
While there’s plenty of room up front, rear space is poorer than in the Jaguar XF. The heavily sculpted outer seats mean the middle seat feels more like a perch and is pretty much unusable apart from for short journeys. Head and legroom are also tight, the swoopy rear roofline not helping accommodation all.
Still, the seats are comfortable, and the centre armrest folds to reveal a storage area with two cup-holders, plus USB and 12V sockets.
The Maserati’s 500-litre boot is 40 litres down on the Jaguar XF’s, but has a wider opening and lower lip. The back seats split 60:40, although the through hatch is narrower, plus there’s some exposed metal around the opening.
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 CostsRelatively 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 space - currently readingSwoopy 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