- No Ghibli will be cheap to run
- Diesel by far the most affordable
- Maintenance will be costly, too
Even if you go for the diesel, the Maserati Ghibli won’t be a particularly wallet-friendly car.
Starting with the model, the diesel offers claimed fuel economy of 47.9mpg, but drive it like a Maserati and you’ll see much less than this.
Running costs should be even further down your list of priorities if you’re even considering one of the petrol Ghiblis.
The ‘regular’ 3.0-litre V6 Ghibli offers economy of up to 31.7mpg, while the Ghibli S claims 29.4mpg.
Again, make the most of the impressive performance on offer by either of these, and you’ll easily see that dip. Especially if you enjoy the sound of the sonorous exhaust.
Tyres and brakes won’t be cheap, especially if you opt for the larger 20 or 21-inch rims, and the faster petrol models will likely get through rubber at a terrific rate if driven quickly.
Add to that servicing and general maintenance costs that will be in-line with the car’s premium list price, and it’s clear the Ghibli can’t be run on a shoestring budget.
If you’re worried about the environment at all, then the Maserati Ghibli's CO2 emissions probably don’t make for great reading.
Certainly the top-performing Ghibli S, with its turbocharged V6 petrol emits a planet-bashing 223g/km. Make a move to the less powerful V6 petrol, and that figure improves slightly to 207g/km.
Still, there is some respite in the form of the Ghibli Diesel, which manages a far more credible 158g/km thanks to its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, eight-speed automatic gearbox and standard start-stop function. Rivals might better it, but regardless of that this sub-160g/km figure is impressive for such a large, quick and comfortable car.
- Shouldn’t be too many issues
- Ghibli feels mostly well built
- Some quality concerns though
To listen to the stereotypes you could be forgiven for thinking that the Maserati Ghibli's reliability is likely to be a bit questionable, but times have changed for the Italian manufacturer and its latest cars are better than ever.
The petrol engines are built by Ferrari in its Maranello plant, so have had more attention lavished on them than many of the Ghibli’s rivals, while the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox has been used by many others without issue.
Certainly much of the technology has been proven elsewhere in the Fiat/Chrysler group, and so far has proved capable of coping with the rigours of daily life.
That said, while we had no actual problems with the trim in our car during our limited loan period, some of the materials used could feel a little more robust, and we wouldn’t be overly surprised if they marked easily.
There have been two recalls issued for the latest version of the Ghibli; one relating to a possible loss of vehicle control, and another where the throttle pedal could stick. These issues should have been sorted out under warranty.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,877 - £2,328 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,267 - £1,610 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|3.0 V6D Diesel||158 g/km (Min)||£200 - £465|
|3.0 V6 Petrol||257 g/km (Max)||£465|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||
£200 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.