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Maserati Ghibli verdict

2013 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 2 June 2023 Updated: 6 June 2023

Should you buy one?

When the Ghibli first came out you’d need the thick end of £50,000 to buy one. Now, you’ll need close to £80,000. And if you want adaptive cruise control and a few other options that really bring the car up to modern day standards, you’ll need close to six figures.

That’s a lot of money, and crucially this car’s largest problem. Rivals such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class offer similar performance, efficiency, equipment and appeal for a lot less. Which is ultimately why we can’t recommend one on a sensible level. 

If you’re an enthusiast who wants your executive car choice to stand out and you’re sold on the romanticisms around the badge, plus you can handle the depreciation, then fill your boots. But for everyone else we recommend a Mercedes or BMW.

What we like

Sure, it’s been on sale for ages. But those looks are ageing gracefully and in a world of Instagram-fuelled social media posts with shouty performance saloons, the Ghibli is an oasis of subtlety and taste.

What we don’t like

It is really expensive and sometimes we wish it was a bit less subtle. The V8 engine is wonderful to drive but never sounds that great. On paper other cars offer more for less money, and despite the outrageous pricing, you still need to tick a lot of option boxes compared with its rivals. Rear interior space isn’t brilliant either.