- Plush interior in places
- Some materials disappointing
- Easy to get comfortable
The dominating element of the cabin has to be the 8.4-inch touchscreen display in the centre console, used for audio, climate, navigation and telephone functions. It’s bright, easy to read and with clear graphics – including the Garmin-based sat-nav interface and maps, though we did have some problems controlling streamed Bluetooth audio from our iPhone with any consistency and occasionally found some of the controls and menus a little counter-intuitive.
And of course there’s the traditional Maserati clock perched atop the dash, which in our car was covered in fine-grade Poltrona Frau leather, which you’ll either love or find to be a retro-pastiche no longer required in a modern motor car. Those who’ve spent time in other Fiat/Jeep/Chrysler products will recognise some of the minor switchgear, but for most this won’t even be apparent.
What you might stumble upon is just how thick and chunky the steering wheel is, the rim on ours featuring a thin band of carbonfibre to match the centre console’s covering, and excellent aluminium gearshift paddles mounted just behind it. The instruments in front are deeply cowled and finished in an attractive shade of blue, though we’d have preferred to have seen slightly finer font used for the numbers.
The automatic gear lever doesn’t look particularly good either, not least because of the slab of silver trim around its base, and we found it too easy to overshoot Reverse and select Park since there are no defined steps or positions for the lever. At least the optional eight-way electrically adjustable seats on our test example meant it was easy to get into the perfect driving position, while the seats themselves were particularly comfortable.
- Seat comfort very good indeed
- Ride is very good on the whole
- Optional Skyhook dampers
As a firm renowned for sports cars where handling is paramount, it may come as a surprise to find out that comfort levels are one of the Maserati Ghibli’s highlights.
It manages to soak up bumps in the road with relative ease, as long as you’ve left the car in Comfort mode. Choose Sport and everything becomes a little tauter and jarring, but it’s also important to note that the way the Ghibli rides depends heavily on which model you go for. We found the diesel felt much more settled on bumpier roads than the petrol.
It’s on the motorway especially where the Ghibli’s damping impresses most though, and along with very little wind, road or engine noise it proves to be a perfectly comfortable and capable cruiser.
Drive the diesel and you’ll be aware of some clatter on start-up, but this soon subsides and on the move it’s easy to forget that you’re not in a petrol model.
Even the eight-speed gearbox contributes to the Ghibli’s comfort levels, with smooth changes, though we did notice some occasional hesitancy when pulling away from junctions.
Sat on the exquisite leather seats, which offer plenty of adjustment, there’s no qualms about comfort or support – plus they can be specified with heating or ventilation for extra cost.
Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive damping system is standard on some models and optional on others, but we found that when Sport is selected for these, the ride quality suffers on patchy roads. We found it best to leave it in its normal setting for a more relaxed and compliant ride.