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2015 Maserati Ghibli

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/6/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Maserati Ghibli gains Bluetooth connectivity and navigation as standard equipment.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Maserati Ghibli is a midsize luxury sports sedan available in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The sedan is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 345 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque in the base model and 404 hp and 406 lb-ft in the S Q4. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox available in all models. Fuel economy for the base and S Q4 variants are 15/25 mpg city/highway, which is average for the class.

Overview

Performance is a 2015 Maserati Ghibli strong point with a twin-turbo V-6 providing plenty of power that makes merging and passing effortless. Opting for all-wheel drive gives the car even more grip and stability, making it easy to drive in bad weather conditions. The car's handling is excellent and belies its size with a stiff suspension but sacrifices ride quality in favor of performance. The car's steering, despite the hydraulic setup, is lackluster and doesn't have much feel behind it.

Interior quality is not up to the same standards as other Maseratis with a cabin constructed using materials that are of lower grade. Switches and buttons are borrowed from more mainstream vehicles in the Fiat-Chrysler stable, which makes it feel less exclusive. While the UConnect infotainment system is good addition, it has the same graphics as in mainstream cars.

In IIHS testing, the 2015 Ghibli achieved a good score in four categories (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

For those who prioritize performance, the 2015 Maserati Ghibli is fun to drive thanks to its powerful V-6 engine and stiff suspension. However, the car's traction control system is poorly tuned and "annoying." In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the system "needed time to think about what to do" and "cut power momentarily" when accelerating out of corners. Additionally, the car's interior is subpar and "feel as though you're sitting behind the wheel of a Chrysler" since the switches, buttons, and infotainment system are "exactly what you'd find in a Chrysler."

You'll Like

  • Nice sounds coming from the twin-turbo V-6
  • Strong acceleration
  • Fun to drive

You Won't Like

  • Poorly tuned traction control system
  • Subpar interior for the class
  • Lacks refinement

Key Competitors

  • Porsche Panamera
  • Audi A7/S7/RS 7
  • BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
  • Lexus LS
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Rating

3 star

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