2019 Maserati Ghibli

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2019 Maserati Ghibli Test Drive Review: The Heart Over Head Experience

The Ghibli is named after an African desert wind, and Maserati has made sure its mid-size luxury sedan is as hot and swift as its namesake. There are smarter buys to be had in the segment, but a Maserati is designed to appeal to your heart and not your brain. Not only are you buying into the Maserati badge's exclusivity and heritage, but also a Ferrari derived V6 engine that rates as one of the finest on the market. You are also buying into a level of luxury that includes soft close doors and a heated leather steering wheel and seats on the base model. While the 2018 model had some issues we weren't impressed with, changes for 2019 have elevated the Ghibli to levels of day to day usability that see it better rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. Still, it's an imperfect beast.

2019 Maserati Ghibli Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 Ghibli?

It's a year of discrete updates for the MY19 Ghibli with a few features shuffled about and some changes to the exterior color palette. Adaptive LED headlights are now standard on the GranLusso and GranSport, while there's a newly updated Nerissimo package on the options list, too. Inside, the gearshift lever has been redesigned for improved use, while the leather options have been increased to include Pieno Fiore natural leather. A selection of new exterior colors, wheels, and interior veneer choices round out the annual improvements.

Pros and Cons

  • Sumptuous leathers feel fantastic
  • Characterful V6 engine options
  • Exotic styling
  • Brand cachet out the wazoo
  • Exclusivity comes standard with every Ghibli
  • Some interior pieces feel cheap
  • Lacking the outright performance of rivals
  • No V8
  • Lacking in interior space
  • An exotic badge only gets you so far in life

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2019 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
$74,980
S
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$79,980
GranLusso
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$80,980
GranSport
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$80,980
S Q4
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$82,480
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2019 Ghibli Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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

  • Grigio Metallo +$925
  • Nero Ribelle Mica +$925
  • Blu Emozione Mica +$925
  • Blu Passione Mica +$925
  • Rosso Folgore Mica +$925
  • Bronzo Siena Metallescent +$925
  • Champagne Metallescent +$925
  • Grigio Maratea Metallescent +$925
  • Bianco Alpi Tri-Coat +$2,700
  • Blue Nobile Tri-Coat +$2,700
  • Rosso Potente Tri-Coat +$2,700
  • Grigio
  • Nero
  • Bianco

2019 Ghibli Performance

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Engine and Transmission

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

One of the hardest things for an automaker to do is give a large and heavy sedan the nimble and precise handling characteristics that can define it as sporty. The Ghibli is not light and clocks in at just above or below 4,000 lbs depending on specs. Balance is the key, and the Ghibli is as close to perfect as we could expect in that sense. Steering is precise and has a reassuring amount of heft to it, although it feels a little rubbery when making adjustments or longer corners on the freeway.

Throttle delivery is buttery smooth, even when you slip into Sport mode, and everything sharpens up. The transition from comfort into Sport is noticeable, and the car feels like it's tensing up to go, but it's not jarring, and both modes suit the car thoroughly for their intentions. The automatic rev-shift feature isn't quite as smooth as we would like but does the job well.

The one criticism we can find is in the suspension, which can let you know you're on a rougher road, but at freeway speed, the damping soaks everything up well. Overall, it's on the stiffer side as you would expect, but doesn't punish you for that in general. Off the freeway and into a windy road, the Ghibli is planted and athletic. The balanced chassis then comes into its own and exhibits no urge to either understeer or oversteer unless you push for either trait, and you have to push hard to reach the limits of grip.

2019 Ghibli Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

2019 Ghibli Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    17.7 ft³

2019 Ghibli Safety and Reliability

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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Maserati Ghibli a good car?

The Maserati Ghibli is a superb car, both as a whole and if it's a Maserati you want. It has its faults, but none of them are in performance or experience. It's also a head-turner and seriously fun to drive, but we can't help but feel it's one for those that particularly want that trident badge and the attention it garners. While the all-round performance is excellent and deserving of that Maserati badge, those looking for the best in driving dynamics in a mid-size luxury sedan should also cross-shop the BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63. For those looking for an opulent interior and a sleek but luxurious ride, the Mercedes E-Class is also just the ticket. However, the Maserati Ghibli is a clear contender as a more emotionally driven and nuanced choice.

2019 Maserati Ghibli Comparisons

Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Audi A7 Sportback
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Maserati Ghibli345 hp18/25 mpg$76,200
Maserati Quattroporte 345 hp16/25 mpg$96,000
Audi A7 Sportback 335 hp21/30 mpg$69,200

2019 Maserati Ghibli vs Maserati Quattroporte

While the Ghibli is classified as a midsize luxury sedan, buyers may be drawn to the full-size Maserati Quattroporte, even if it does ask a $30,000 price premium over its little brother. For the money, you get an extra 10 inches of car, however, with the bulk of that dedicated to the comfort of the rear passengers. You get the same V6 as found in the Ghibli in 424 hp tune, but you also have the option of equipping a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine in GTS guise, giving the Italian sedan a deserving exhaust note along with 523 hp and 524 lb-ft. The two are much the same in terms of available features, so the choice ultimately comes down to what you need your Maserati for. If it's S-Class rivaling luxury, then nothing short of the Quattroporte will do, but if you like being the driver and not being driven, the Ghibli is the better buy. All it's missing is a V8.

See Maserati Quattroporte Review

2019 Maserati Ghibli vs Audi A7 Sportback

The price of Italian exclusivity is a mere $6,980 when it comes to choosing one over an Audi A7. But that might not always be the best option. At a base level, both are equipped with twin-turbo V6 engines measuring 3.0-liters in displacement, and both develop around 335-345 hp. The Ghibli has a stronger variant, however, with up to 424 hp on tap, outgunning the A7 entirely. But the A7 is vastly more practical, with more usable interior space, a liftback design affording it more than seven cubic feet of extra trunk space, and a more modern interior that feels of a higher quality consistently, unlike the hit-and-miss Ghibli. The Audi also has a more intuitive infotainment interface, more tech, and more safety features. But where it can't match the Ghibli is on character; the Ghibli is more fun to drive, sounds more soulful, and will make you smile. If that's the kind of car you like, the Ghibli will impress, but objectively speaking, the A7 is a better luxury midsize offering.

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