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Maserati Ghibli Diesel review

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What is it?
Refresh of luxury brand’s entry-level model.

What’s new?
Cleaner emissions, suspension tweaks, upgraded infotainment system

Our view:
The latest gentle makeover for the Maserati Ghibli simply adds extra lustre to an already very good product.

1603_Maserati_Ghibli_02Maserati has always traded on luxury, sporting but not overtly sporty cars and the latest gentle makeover for the Ghibli simply adds extra lustre to an already very good product.

The car gains a number of subtle changes – its engines, both diesel and petrol, are now Euro 6 emissions compliant, achieved on our diesel test car through the fitting of the AdBlue engine additive, while the suspension has been worked on to further improve the already impressive ride and handling.

The brand is determined in only adding technology that will not dilute the driving experience of its product. Blind Spot Alert fulfils that brief, an important extra safety feature. The power boot lid with hands-free operation simply adds convenience.

1603_Maserati_Ghibli_03Inside there is now a Siri Smart personal assistant feature, the standard Harmon Kardon sound system has been improved, and on the optional premium Bowers & Wilkins system there is now technology that enhances the sound of compressed music files. Black piano trim, Segna silk inlays and extra detailing complete the package.

The diesel powerplant is audibly as inoffensive as one could possibly expect while serving up no lack of pace when pushed hard. In cruise mode, at motorway speeds it is very refined indeed, and retains much of that refinement even when showing how confidently this car can be cornered.

1603_Maserati_Ghibli_05Maserati is a bit of a hidden gem. The Ghibli serves up every bit as much luxury as perhaps better-known rivals, but with a diesel engine offering fuel consumption figures close to 50mpg it is also a surprisingly sensible purchase, especially in the corporate market.

Perhaps the convincing factor, however, one missed by many potential buyers, is that this diesel-powered luxury car costs from £49,160. Why follow the masses and spend £50,000 on an innocuous BMW or Mercedes-Benz, when one can have a Maserati?

Maserati Ghibli – key specifications

Tested model: Maserati Ghibli Diesel
Price: £49,160
On sale: 2016
Engine: V6 diesel, 271bhp, 443lbft
0-62mph and max speed: 6.3sec, 155mph (limited).
Economy and emissions: 47.9mpg, 158g/km
Test date: March 2016


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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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