2021 Maserati Ghibli

2021 Maserati Ghibli Review: Italian Grace

Italian cars are bought with the heart, and the Maserati Ghibli is all about passion. This Italian sports exec is one of the best-looking cars in its class, which is an impressive feat when you consider that it goes up against competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. The Ghibli is powered by your choice of twin-turbo V6 in multiple states of tune, the most powerful of which produces a healthy 424 horsepower, mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic gearbox but with the choice to go either rear- or all-wheel-drive. The Ghibli is a fine driver's car and offers a beautiful interior, but at the asking price, we expect more. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series are just too good at what they do.

2021 Maserati Ghibli Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Ghibli?

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli sees a few handy changes taking place for 2021: all trim levels now get a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with the new Maserati Connect program and Maserati Intelligent Assistant with voice control that features attractive curved glass at the top of the display. A hybrid version was also announced with a smaller 2.0-liter inline-four and electric assistance, but this model will not be making it to the USA. Appearance changes include new rear light clusters and an updated grille. Active driving assist also makes a welcome appearance for 2021.

Pros and Cons

  • Gorgeous styling
  • Potent engine options
  • It's a unique choice in an ocean of German sedans
  • New and improved infotainment system
  • Some cheap interior bits
  • Tight rear seats
  • It's heavy on fuel

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2021 Maserati Ghibli Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$72,190
S
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$77,190
GranLusso
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$79,690
GranSport
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$79,690
S Q4
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$79,690

New Ghibli Exterior

There are no two ways about it: the Maserati Ghibli has to be one of the best-looking cars in its class and makes the BMW 5 Series look like a fairytale troll. The base model features 19-inch Poseidone aluminum wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, and a sunroof. GranLusso models add a chrome front fascia insert, adaptive full LED headlamps with high beam assist, and gloss black painted brake calipers with white Maserati script. The GranSport features a unique front and rear sport fascia, 20-inch Urano aluminum wheels, and gloss red-painted brake calipers with white Maserati script.

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Dimensions

The Maserati is a mid-size executive car that has similar dimensions to that of the BMW 5 Series. This sleek Italian measures in with a total length of 195.7 inches, a width of 83.8 inches when the side mirrors are included, and a height of 57.5 inches. The sedan rolls on a 118-inch wheelbase. The front track is 64.4 inches and the rear track is 65.1 inches. The base model and S weigh in with a curb weight of 3,990 pounds, while the AWD Ghibli S Q4 weighs a more hefty 4,122 lbs.

  • Length 195.7 in
  • Wheelbase 118.0 in
  • Height 57.5 in
  • Max Width 76.6 in
  • Front Width 64.4 in
  • Rear Width 65.1 in
  • Curb Weight 3,990.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

The stunning Ghibli is available in ten different exterior paint colors. Your two no-cost color options are Nero and Bianco. The metallic range of colors consists of Nero Ribelle, Grigio Maratea, Grigio, Blu Passione, Blu Emozione, and Rosso Folgore, all of which cost an additional $1,200. Bianco Alpi and Blu Nobile both go for $2,700. The Ghibli looks best in darker colors, so we would go for the Blu Passione. The wheels can be had in black or metallic, and the brake calipers are offered in blue, black, or red.

  • Grigio Metallo
  • Nero Ribelle Mica
  • Blu Emozione Mica
  • Rosso Folgore Mica
  • Bronzo Siena Metallescent
  • Champagne Metallescent
  • Grigio Maratea Metallescent
  • Blu Passione Mica
  • Bianco Alpi Tri-Coat
  • Blue Nobile Tri-Coat
  • Grigio
  • Nero
  • Bianco

2021 Maserati Ghibli Sedan Performance

There are few other places to look if you're after a fast Italian executive, and the Ghibli is precisely that: quick. In base guise, the Ghibli is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 345 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That's good enough for a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds for this rear-wheel-drive model. Next up is the Ghibli S, which packs more potent performance specs, with 424 hp from its twin-turbo V6 engine. This setup allows the Ghibli to make the sixty sprint in only 4.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 178 mph. The S Q4 AWD version will run an even quicker 4.7 second time.

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Engine and Transmission

Maserati sources its V6 engines from Ferrari, which can only mean one thing: they've got soul. The base model's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 sounds brilliant when pushing all of its 345 hp to the tarmac, and while it might not be the strongest performer in its class, it still feels plucky around town and pulls hard on the top end. The more powerful V6 engine produces 424 hp and 428 lb-ft in the S variants and is the one to go for if you're power-hungry. In this configuration, the Ghibli feels like an actual performance vehicle and will push you back in your seat when provoked. All engines are mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, which manages to offer both relaxed or sporty shifting on demand. Power is sent to the rear wheels in all but the Q4 spec, which is AWD as standard.

  • Engine
    3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

All players in this corner of the market are expected to offer a semblance of sporty handling, especially if you're going up against the always capable BMW 5 Series. The good news is that the Maserati Ghibli is a competent handler and is comfortable enough to coddle even the most hungover corporate banker's headache. In terms of comfort, the Maserati straddles the line between a sporty chassis and suspension setup and compliance, but in the end, the ride feels stiffer than some of its closest competitors. Unfortunately, our review found that this doesn't necessarily result in a car that's better around the corners. The Ghibli turns in sharply and neatly, but mid-corner bumps and quick changes in direction can upset it. The steering is precise, but as with most cars in this class, it lacks any serious feedback. At slower speeds, the chassis struggles to soak up bumps and road imperfections, especially in sport mode, and the large wheels don't help much either. Unfortunately, the Ghibli is no match for the BMW in terms of its overall balance between comfort and sportiness.

2021 Maserati Ghibli Gas Mileage

The Ghibli's engines might be soulful, but they sure aren't efficient, and competitors such as the BMW 5 Series crush it when it comes to gas mileage figures. According to the EPA's official rating, both variants of the RWD 3.0-liter V6 will return 17/25/20 mpg city/highway/combined, and the AWD version will see that number drop to 16/24/19 mpg. The 523-hp BMW M550i will match the consumption of the RWD Ghibli. The Ghibli's 21.1-gallon fuel tank should provide it with a maximum range of 422 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.1 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 17/25 mpg
* 2021 Maserati Ghibli Base 3.0L

2021 Maserati Ghibli Interior

The first time you step inside the cabin of the Ghibli, you'll be taken aback by its stylish design, but upon closer inspection, it turns out that Maserati has cut some corners. It is easy to spot the fact that some of the switchgear has been lifted straight out of Stellantis cars, such as the Jeep Cherokee, which brings the interior down a notch, especially when compared to the impeccable space provided by the BMW 5 Series. Maserati does, however, offer a range of luxury upholstery options such as leather and silk seats. There's more good news: the trunk is decently sized, and Maserati has introduced an advanced new infotainment system for 2021, which lifts the rest of the interior by a notable degree.

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Seating and Interior Space

According to Maserati, the Ghibli will seat five adults. Still, in our experience, you'd be better off sticking with four, as the narrow center seat in the rear is uncomfortable at best over short trips, and you can forget about long road trips with five up. At least the Ghibli's interior, in any trim level, is covered in quality leather, and front legroom and headroom are enough for six-footers. In the back, taller passengers might feel the pinch over longer distances. In the front, the driver gets a sporty driving position, and the seats offer good side support, but just as with other Italian sportsters such as the Lamborghini breed, the pedals are slightly offset, which can take some getting used to. Front passengers can easily get in and out of the car, but those in the rear will find it a bit tighter. If you're after space and luxury, perhaps look at something like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The interior of the Ghibli might contain some cheaper parts borrowed from the Stellantis family, but many of the other materials on offer here are world-class. The base model is presented with black leather seats as standard, but you can choose from nine other colors, including Blu, Sabbia, Nero/Rosso, and Marrone. However, some of these colors are only available when upgrading to extended leather with contrast stitching ($1,100) or full premium perforated leather ($3,300). The dashboard is also available in a range of colors, and depending on seat color, you can have yours in Black, Nero with Rosso stitching, Nero/Rosso, Nero/Cuoio, and more.A leather steering wheel is standard, and you can choose from various colors for the headliner, as well as several different trim options. These include Open Pore Radica Wood Trim for $1,100 or High Gloss Rovere Wood Trim for $1,200. GranLusso cars allow you to spec on the luxury Zegna package, which includes silk and leather interior upholstery and optional carbon-fiber trimmings for $1,900.

2021 Maserati Ghibli Trunk and Cargo Space

Just because this car is Italian doesn't mean that it has to be impractical. In fact, the Maserati Ghibli is one of the most practical in its class, with a total trunk space of 17.7 cubic feet. That's enough space for about five wheels of Pecorino, Fontina, or whatever cheese you like to transport to work and family gatherings. Compare that to the 14 cubic feet you get in the BMW 5 Series, and you can start to get an idea of the extra level of convenience. For those who love cheese more than life itself, the 60/40-split-folding rear seat opens up even more space. On the inside, the Ghibli supplies its occupants with good-sized door pockets and an average-sized center console bin and glove box. A small storage nook behind the shifter is perfect for a pair of glasses, and there are two cup holders next to the shifter.

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  • Trunk Volume
    17.7 ft³

Ghibli Infotainment and Features

Features

The Ghibli, Ghibli S, and Ghibli S Q4 are all available in base, GranLusso, and GranSport trim. The base model features a sunroof, heated 12-way power front seats with two-position driver memory, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot alert, soft-closing doors, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera with front and rear park assist, push-button start, and keyless entry and go. The Ghibli GranLusso adds Ermenegildo Zegna silk & leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated black leather and wood steering wheel, and adaptive full LED headlamps with high beam assist. The GranSport includes 12-way power front sport seats and a heated black leather sport steering wheel with aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters.

Infotainment

In the past, the Ghibli's infotainment system couldn't stack up to the likes of BMW's iDrive or Mercedes' MBUX systems, but Maserati hopes to change that in 2021 with an all-new offering. All Ghibli models now benefit from a large 10.1-inch display screen that is controlled by a "Maserati Connect" program. The new infotainment system also includes the Maserati Intelligent Assistant with voice command. As with the old system, the 2021 Ghibli includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The standard eight-speaker system is adequate, but the ten-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system in the GranLusso and GranSport really bangs. A 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system is optional on the upper trim levels.

2021 Maserati Ghibli Problems and Reliability

There have been no recalls issued or major problems reported for the Ghibli since 2018, when the car faced issues including incomplete subframe welds and a potential fuel leak in the engine compartment. Maserati will cover the Ghibli car with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, including corrosion, roadside assistance, and drivetrain cover

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

2021 Maserati Ghibli Safety

The NHTSA has yet to conduct a Maserati Ghibli safety review, but the IIHS has conducted a partial test of the 2021 model and found that the car performed well in the following tests: moderate front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints/seats.

Key Safety Features

You'll find industry-standard safety tech such as seven airbags, stability control, cruise control, and a reverse camera on board the Ghibli. More advanced safety assistance features include front and rear park assist, brake assist, auto on/off headlights, and blind-spot monitoring on the base model. GranLusso and GranSport models add a bunch of notable driver aids when you option on the Driver Assistance Package. These systems include a surround-view camera, pedestrian recognition, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with collision mitigation, traffic sign recognition, and lane-keeping assist.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Maserati Ghibli a good car?

You don't buy a Maserati Ghibli with your head, you buy it with your heart. This Italian sports executive is one of the best-looking cars in its class, and because there are so few of them on the road, exclusivity is guaranteed, but the Ghibli has its shortcomings. The interior looks excellent at face value, but upon closer inspection, cheaper parts can be spotted. At least the 2021 model gets an improved infotainment system. The Ghibli isn't as comfortable or as capable as its German rivals on the road, but it won't break your back with suspension stiffness. Under the hood, the V6 engine is the way to go. It's got soul, but just don't expect great gas mileage, especially since the hybrid variant won't be sold stateside. The Ghibli is also more expensive than most of its rivals but offers less tech and overall value for money. Nobody ever accused the heart of being particularly smart, but sometimes it just wants what it wants.

🚘What's the Price of the Maserati Ghibli?

The Maserati Ghibli will cost you a pretty penny, but what else would you expect from an Italian exotic such as this? The price of a new Maserati Ghibli begins at $74,740 in the USA for the base model, excluding tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,495. The GranLusso goes for an MSRP of $82,240 and the GranSport matches that figure. Stepping up to the more powerful Ghibli S will see the price start at $79,740, rising to $86,540 for the GranLusso and GranSport. The AWD S Q4 begins at $82,240, and the GranLusso and GranSport with this drivetrain top out at $89,040. They're not a dime a dozen, but you'll be able to find a good used model for sale in the US in the $40k region. If you're willing to live with the older infotainment system, pricing for the 2020 Maserati Ghibli could save you a lot of money.

2021 Maserati Ghibli Models

There are a massive nine models to choose from, and Maserati distinguishes between models by drivetrain and power output (Base, S, and S Q4) and/or features (Vase, GranLusso, and GranSport). In other words, the 2021 Ghibli trim line consists of the Base Ghibli, GranLusso, GranSport, Base S, S GranLusso, S GranSport, Base S Q4, S Q4 GranLusso, and S Q4 GranSport.

The base model packs the less powerful of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 options and produces 345 hp and 369 lb-ft, which is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed auto transmission. Going for anything with an S suffix adds the more powerful V6 with 424 hp and 428 lb-ft. The S Q4 retains the more powerful V6 engine configuration but adds an intelligent all-wheel-drive system with active torque control and an active front differential.

Then we move onto features, where the base specification features 19-inch Poseidone aluminum wheels, Bi-Xenon headlamps, a sunroof, soft-closing doors, heated front power seats, blind-spot warning, a 10.1-inch infotainment display, an eight-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, and front/rear park sensors.

All engine options can then be specced as GranLusso or GranSport trims. The GranLusso will appeal to those looking for a more refined experience and adds features such as a chrome front fascia insert, Ermenegildo Zegna silk and leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated wood-trim steering wheel, adaptive LED headlights, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.

The driving enthusiast will enjoy the GranSport, which includes unique front and rear sports fascia, 20-inch Urano aluminum wheels, gloss red-painted brake calipers with white Maserati script, sport seats, and a Skyhook performance suspension with electronic damping.

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Additional Packages

The base model can be equipped with the $3,490 GT Sport Package, which adds 20-inch Dark Perseo wheels, the front and rear fascia from the GranSport, high-gloss Piano Black wood trim, and gloss red-painted brake calipers with white Maserati script. This package also requires one to fit performance tires for $420, raising the price to $3,910 The $1,700 Driver Assistance Package is also a good idea and includes adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, active driving assist, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian recognition, and blind-spot alert plus rear cross path detection.

Elsewhere in the lineup, GranSport models are available with a $2,000 Interior Carbon Fiber Package, which adds carbon fiber column-mounted paddle shifters, carbon fiber door sills, and high gloss carbon fiber twill trim. Another interesting option is the $700 Climate Package that adds heated rear seats, heated windshield washers, and a power rear sunblind.

🚗What 2021 Maserati Ghibli Model Should I Buy?

Because the Ghibli is more expensive than its competitors, we would try to keep costs to a minimum, while dialing up the fun. For that reason, we'd go with the Maserati Ghibli S. The S gets the more powerful 424-hp twin-turbo V6 engine. It retains the less powerful base model's features, though, which include 19-inch Poseidone aluminum wheels, a 10.1-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wi-Fi connectivity, power front seats, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot warning, front and rear parking sensors, and keyless start.

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2021 Maserati Ghibli Comparisons

Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
BMW 5 Series Sedan CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Maserati Ghibli345 hp17/25 mpg$72,190
Maserati Quattroporte 424 hp16/24 mpg$102,190
BMW 5 Series Sedan 248 hp25/33 mpg$53,900

2021 Maserati Ghibli vs Maserati Quattroporte

The Quattroporte is the bigger sibling and starts out at an asking price that is $30,000 more than the Ghibli. From the outside, the Quattroporte shares similar styling with the Ghibli but measures over ten inches longer and has a wheelbase nearly seven inches longer. Under the hood, the Quattroporte shares its twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with the Ghibli but it is always tuned to the higher output of 424 hp. Both cars offer a similarly sporty driving feel, with the Ghibli being arguably the sportier of the two due to its lower curb weight. On the inside, the Quattroporte offers a stunning interior that is a step up from the Ghibli, with a lot more passenger space. Tech and features are on the same level. Where the Ghibli does battle with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Quattroporte has to go up against the Porsche Panamera and even the Merc S-Class. If you need the extra space, go for it, but we'd stick with the cheaper Ghibli.

See Maserati Quattroporte Review

2021 Maserati Ghibli vs BMW 5 Series Sedan

The BMW 5 Series has traditionally lived at the top of the class, and the 2021 iteration is no different; it is a shining example of what a sporty executive sedan should be and combines luxury and technology effortlessly. Besides the Maserati's stunning looks, there is very little that it does better than the BMW. There's a solid range of engine choices on offer in the 5 Series lineup, but the most potent trim, the M550i, supplies a massive 523-hp from its twin-turbo V8 engine that blows the Ghibli out of the water. On the road, it is the superior car, both in terms of comfort and sportiness. The interior is also a more comfortable and luxurious space, and the tech levels are far superior. At $76,800 for the M550i xDrive Sedan, we don't understand why anyone would pay more for less.

See BMW 5 Series Sedan Review

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