2015 Maserati Ghibli Review


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2015 Maserati Ghibli Overview

Maserati keeps the refreshments light for the sharp-looking Ghibli sports sedan in 2015, updating technological details to keep pace with today’s automobiles. A handy, new navigation system is now installed in all models to help guide you to any destination on your journey, and Bluetooth connectivity allows simple, convenient operation of the onboard telematics system. Also new is a special finish for the brake calipers, as well as contrast stitching in the cabin to add a touch of your own persona to your Ghibli. Finally, as a special bonus, Maserati will now offer 3 months subscription to Sirius XM satellite radio with your purchase.

What hasn’t changed is the racing lineage that forms the essence of this third-generation machine, wearing the Ghibli moniker. Both the Base and the more spirited SQ4 models remain equipped with 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 engines that are eager to impress and have noticeably little lag. However, the SQ4 comes with a slight edge in power.

Sinking the gas pedal releases 404 horses, but, in case that's not enough for you, don’t be discouraged - even the slower of the two still has a top speed of about 166mph (certainly enough for any go-fast junkie). Unfortunately, this sports sedan also offers go-fast fuel efficiency. Which is to say, your gas disappears at a rate of 15 mpg city/25 highway/19 combined for the base model, and 18 mpg combined with the SQ4.

Ever since the brand new sedan version of the Ghibli debuted at 2013 auto shows, it's been equipped with the same, widely-used 8-speed ZF automatic transmission as many other high-end luxury cars, and 2015 will be no different. Still smooth and strong, this transmission precisely directs the engine’s output to the rear wheels, although there is the option of going with the AWD configuration for the addition of vastly improved all-weather capabilities. When more pristine weather prevails in optimum grip situations, the powertrain’s abilities can deliver you to highway speed in the coveted, under-five-second club at just 4.7 seconds.

As performance and style would be considered the current Ghibli’s strengths, a relatively lackluster interior and rigid ride quality can be considered its shortcomings. All of its safety scores came back at the highest mark of Good though - every single one - so Maserati was quite thorough in the safe design of the Ghibli. It's just not the all-around stunner of its pricier stablemates.

Granted, the cabin is vastly copious for a sporty car. Unfortunately, this also provided Maserati more areas to integrate some of the shabbier materials used alongside the more supple ones. Front passengers will have plenty of room for heads and legs, although the bench-style back seat is not quite suited for taller individuals and may be difficult to access. That being said, up to three smaller companions should fit in quite nicely.

For a short trip downtown or just a spirited drive through a mountain pass, the 2015 Maserati Ghibli is a wonderful Italian machine, gracefully blending sports car with touring sedan. However, due to the seats being reported as uncomfortable with prolonged use and a rather noisy cabin, the Ghibli may not be as well-suited for long treks as some of its competitors.

It still is a head turner, looking as gorgeously sleek as you would expect of any Maserati - just try not to notice the cacophony of Chrysler parts lurking about. Looking ahead, things have been quiet from the automaker about any future improvements, but it’s probably a safe assumption that there will be. Maserati doesn't refresh as frequently or scrupulously as other makers, but the cosmetic focus this year indicate we can expect big changes next year. This one is tried and true with new technology though, and every bit worth a look.


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While turning a corner going slowly (accelerating from a stop) on a hill, my 2015 SQ4 has wheel slippage/juddering. The dealership is saying that is normal, but I feel this caliber of car should have...

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