We hate to keep harping on about this, but Maserati did its cars a massive disservice using switchgear from lesser Stellantis models. Parts sharing is nothing new, and Maserati isn't the only guilty party but there is a way to do it right. The Volkswagen Group is the perfect example. The Audi Q8 and Lamborghini Urus share some switchgear but because the VAG group builds components to a certain standard, it doesn't feel out of place in a Lambo. The Ghibli's interior is hit and miss. We like the steering wheel and the column-mounted paddles. The high-end clock mounted on top of the dashboard is a nice touch, and the seat upholstery is magnificent. Most of the interior surfaces are also covered in high-quality materials.
We get the argument that most Maserati owners likely have no idea that the Dodge Durango exists, but successful people tend to fly around a lot. What happens when said wealthy individual is saddled with a rental-spec Dodge and notices the similarities? The larger 10.1-inch touchscreen with its Maserati-specific graphics is a nice touch. Still, we couldn't help but see that this new UConnect 5 system is slowly being introduced into lesser Stellantis products like the Durango.
Maserati doesn't supply exact figures, but its wheelbase is long enough to accommodate four adults easily. The rear center seat is best used on shorter trips and is only suitable for children. Headroom and legroom are ample both front and rear. The front row boasts a set of sporty bucket seats with decent bolstering going up to the shoulders. Getting in and out is easy enough in front but the small rear doors make it harder to get inside than in an E-Class or 5 Series. Once inside, there's little to complain about.
|Maserati Ghibli Trofeo Trims||Trofeo|
The Trofeo comes standard with extended leather with contrast stitching or Pieno Fiore natural leather upholstery, available in a small selection of color combinations. The color choices here are Nero/Grigio, Nero/Rosso, and Rosso/Nero. Beyond the main upholstery choices, Maserati offers a lot more customization of the cabin. An Interior Carbon Fiber package is an option and adds racy column-mounted paddle shifters in carbon fiber and door sills in the same material. An Alcantara headliner and pillars can also be equipped for $1,000 more.
The Ghibli has a large 17.7 cubic foot trunk, which is more than the BMW 5 Series (14 cubes) and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (13.1 cubes). When last did you hear an Italian car being praised for being the most practical car in its class? The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split, allowing you to carry whatever Maserati owners carry regularly. Golf bags, most likely.
Interior storage is also excellent. It has deep but slim door pockets, good storage space underneath the center armrest, two cupholders next to the shifter, and another set of cupholders in the rear center fold-down armrest.
|Maserati Ghibli Trofeo Trims||Trofeo|
|Trunk Volume||17.7 cu. ft.|
The Ghibli costs more than the equivalent BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but Maserati includes a long list of standard features to make up for this. As standard, the Trofeo gets adaptive LED headlamps, keyless entry and push-button start, parking sensors front and rear, a surround-view monitor, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a cooled storage compartment underneath the center armrest, dual-zone climate control, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 12-way power-adjustable front buckets seats that are both heated and ventilated. The driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist.
The 2022 Ghibli Trofeo is equipped with a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with high-resolution graphics and the MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant) multimedia system. This interface does a lot to elevate the Ghibli's interior. It's a shared part, already available in other Stellantis products like the Dodge Durango. We're more impressed with this unit, as it's more befitting of a car in this price league. The Maserati graphics work well, and the unit is equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a wireless charging pad, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, HD Radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio. As standard, it's connected to a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, but a more powerful Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system with 1,280 watts of punch and 15 speakers is available.