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  • Comprehensive safety pack added in 2017
  • Lots of driver assistance tech is standard
  • Ghibli is a very safe car to drive in

This is the first model from the firm to be scrutinised by EuroNCAP, and the good news is that according to the testers Maserati Ghibli safety is first-class, with a full five stars awarded. The executive saloon received particular praise for adult protection and safety assist, and received maximum points for infant protection in the rear.

As you’d expect there’s a switchable stability system, which keeps things pointing in the right direction by reducing engine torque should it detect the wheels are spinning at different rates – indicating a skid. This system has since been upgraded to one which aims to prevent any form of instability in the first place, called Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC).

There’s seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees (as well as in the steering wheel) while the front seat passenger has their own frontal and side bags as well as anti-whiplash headrests. All occupants benefit from curtain airbags.

As part of the car’s updates for the 2018 model year, a suite of driver assistance systems were added. The active cruise control system now comes with Highway Assist, which will keep you a prescribed distance from the car in front, and will also keep you in your lane via lane-keep assist and active blindspot assist.

New cameras at the front of the car allow this ability, and will also read traffic signs and inform the driver of the speed limit via the information display in the instrument panel.

  • Space not as generous as its rivals
  • Not a problem if you’re doing the driving
  • If you’re not, you may want the Quattroporte

Maserati Ghibli: will my family fit?

As a five-seat, four-door saloon, with a generously-sized boot you could expect the Ghibli’s practicality to be very good, and to a degree it is.

Though there are five seatbelts provided, the rear bench is sculpted more for a pair of occupants rather than three, and the transmission tunnel eats into foot room for the middle person quite significantly. At least there’s a decent amount of headroom back there, and legroom is acceptable for the size of car, however it’s not as good as the back of a BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Up front in the cabin there’s a large storage area with a double opening under your elbows in the centre console, but the iPod or USB connection located in front of this has nowhere to stow your device satisfactorily. Add to that a glovebox that is on the slim side and meagre door pockets and its clear storage wasn’t high on the designer’s priority list.

 


Maserati Ghibli: will it fit in my garage?

 

At almost five metres in length, the Ghibli is a long car, but it’s also wide. On the motorway you won’t notice its heft, but on tighter urban roads or country lanes, there’s only so much it can do to disguise its size and weight. That said, it with a range of cameras available on the Ghibli, manoeuvring the car shouldn’t be too tricky, just be mindful of how long it is in smaller car parks.

 


 

At 500 litres in size, the Ghibli’s boot is around the same kind of size as most of its rivals, accessed via a slightly limted saloon bootlid, but that’s also par for the course for this kind of car. The boot can be expanded, though, by folding down the rear seats. However, this is unlikely to be the kind of car you’ll be doing runs to the tip in at the weekend.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Maserati Ghibli.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Audio remote
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats

GranLusso equipment

GranLusso standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
GranLusso optional equipment
None available

GranSport equipment

GranSport standard equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
GranSport optional equipment
None available

GranSport Nerissmo Edition equipment

GranSport Nerissmo Edition standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
GranSport Nerissmo Edition optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Lumbar support
S optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Sports seats

S GranLusso equipment

S GranLusso standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
S GranLusso optional equipment
None available

S GranSport equipment

S GranSport standard equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
S GranSport optional equipment
None available

S GranSport Nerissmo Edition equipment

S GranSport Nerissmo Edition standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
S GranSport Nerissmo Edition optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Maserati Ghibli was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2013
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 79%
Pedestrian: 74%
Safety Assist: 81%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.