2020 Maserati Ghibli

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$72,190 - $79,690
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2020 Maserati Ghibli Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020

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The Italian Manufacturer initially developed just racecars. Maserati is the last name of the six brothers who initially began building racecars in 1926. Since the automaker has maintained the status as an elite brand. The Ghibli, pronounced “gib-lee,” a coupe named for the hot, dusty North African desert wind, was first manufactured in 1967 and is currently in its third generation on the road.

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Pros

Seductive looks for a mid-size sedan… from the front

V6 delivers strong performance and a gorgeous sound

Engaging handling

Distinctive GranLusso and GranSport trims to suit different buyer tastes

Fantastic seat comfort

Cons

Some switch gear feels cheap

Pricier than more mainstream models

Sub-par ride quality

What's New?

The base model now gets a heated steering wheel as standard

The GranSport and GranLusso trims also get an enhanced safety specification, with the likes of adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning now being standard.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$70990

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

345 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

369 lbs.-ft. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

118 in.

length

65.1 in.

width

76.6 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

3990 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108 cu ft.

cargo volume

17.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

13700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/24/19 mpg

highway range

506.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

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2020 Maserati Ghibli Exterior video
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Styles

2020 Maserati Ghibli in Bianco color 2020 Maserati Ghibli in Blue Passione Mica Metalic color 2020 Maserati Ghibli in NERO color 2020 Maserati Ghibli in Grigio Metallic color
Bianco

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

7.5

6.7

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Maserati Ghibli Base

Base

power
345 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$72,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $72,190 MSRP (17/19/24) 345 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

2020 Maserati Ghibli GranLusso

GranLusso

power
345 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$79,690


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GranLusso 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $79,690 MSRP (17/19/24) 345 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

2020 Maserati Ghibli GranSport

GranSport

power
345 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$79,690


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GranSport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $79,690 MSRP (17/19/24) 345 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.7

Overall Rating


The Italian Manufacturer initially developed just racecars. Maserati is the last name of the six brothers who initially began building racecars in 1926. Since the automaker has maintained the status as an elite brand. The Ghibli, pronounced “gib-lee,” a coupe named for the hot, dusty North African desert wind, was first manufactured in 1967 and is currently in its third generation on the road.

First introduced at the November 1966 Turin Motor Show, the initial generation of Maserati Ghiblis were two-door grand touring cars. Designed by then 29-year-old Girogetto Giugiaro.
In a lasting design detail honoring the Maserati brothers, the Ghibli features a trident on its front fender, which evokes the statue of Neptune located in the Piazza Maggiore of Bologna, the Maseratis brothers’ hometown. Although the prototype of the Ghilbi featured only two seats, the actually manufactured cars added two rear seats.

The recent model which was launched in 2015 was first introduced in the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, features three engine options including diesel, first for Maserati. Since then the model has not undergone many major changes just safety features and a few changes to the tuning of the drivetrain for better drivability

 

2020 Maserati Ghibli Sedan Front View
2020 Maserati Ghibli Sedan Rear View

9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

0.0/10
Competition

7.5/10
Final Verdict


2020 Maserati Ghibli Features

9.0/10

Starting at a price of $75,500, Maserati Ghibli comes in three different variants named as Ghibli, Ghibli GranLusso, and Ghibli GranSport. The base variant is boosted with a powerful 3.0L V6 engine which produces a power of 350 Hp. The same engine is boosted with more power in upper Ghibli S and Ghibli S Q4 models.

The premium features like 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, power, and heated front seats are present in all models. A sunroof is also available in all trims of Maserati Ghibli 2020. Other Interesting features that Maserati included in its latest Ghibli 2020 are Dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, 8.4-inch infotainment system with a powerful sound system with satellite radio, and a rearview camera.

Trim

GHIBLI

GHIBLI GRANLUSSO

GHIBLI GRANSPORT

MSRP (RWD)

$ 72,190

 $ 79,690

$ 79,690

Key Features

19-inch Poseidone aluminum wheels

Adds/Upgrades to GHIBLI Adds/Upgrades to GHIBLI GRANLUSSO
  8.4-inch Maserati Touch Control Plus with Navigation

Chrome front fascia insert

Unique front and rear Sport fascia

 

Bi-Xenon headlamps

Full perforated premium leather upholstery

20-inch Urano aluminum wheels

 

Sunroof

Heated & ventilated front seats

Gloss red painted brake calipers with White Maserati script

 

Heated front seats

Heated black leather & wood steering wheel

Skyhook performance suspension with electronic damping

 

 

 

Adaptive full LED headlamps with High Beam Assist

12-way power front Sport seats

The base variant is priced at $75,500 while the topmost variant is priced at $89,800 (Approx. $14k more).

We recommend

Opt for the topmost Ghibli GranSport variant, as it comes with more power and a sturdy four-wheel-drive system. The riding experience was definitely better on the upper variant, and it is worth every penny.

2020 Maserati Ghibli Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Italians are rather gifted when it comes to crafting their engines as the way they do. When one buys a Maserati, they don’t check the spec sheet on paper but rather how it soulfully responds to your input and the beautifully comes to speed and makes you smile. The performance of this Italian won’t bother BMW or Mercedes-Benz but this doesn’t mean, this Mesarati won't touch all the bones in your body when the screaming 424Hp V6 in the Ghibli S comes alive and powers this sedan to blistering speeds of over 170 Mph.

2020 Maserati Ghibli Sedan Engine

The V6s power delivery is silky smooth as expected. The engine in the base variant is competent of producing 345hp & 369 lb.-ft of torque. The 3.0L V6 engine, designed by Maserati though manufactured by Ferrari, is powerful enough for the segment while some competitors like BMW M550i xDrive offer a more powerful experience on paper as well as in real life.

Model

Maserati Ghibli

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW M550i xDrive

MSRP

$72,190

$69,700

$75,150

$73,900

Engine

3.0L Twin Turbo V6

3.0L TFSI

6 Cylinder

4.7L V8 Biturbo

4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

345 hp

340 hp

402 hp

456 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

325 lb-ft

443 lb-ft

480 lb-ft

The Ghibli offers a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic in all trims including the base variant. 

Acceleration

The Base Ghibli fitted with the 3.0 lit twin-turbo V6 sends all its 345 hp to the rear wheels and acclaims a 0-60 figure of 5.5 sec. The acceleration is good but not as good as of competitors. The German manufacturers like BMW M550i xDrive outshine Maserati Ghibli in the acceleration segment as xDrive takes only 3.9 sec in reaching 60 mph from still. There is no doubt the Maserati Ghibli has powerful acceleration but competitors are offering way better and more powerful acceleration. But if you need a little more power, Maserati offers the Ghibli S that with its 424hp propels the car from a standstill to 60 mph in a rather 4.9 sec. The S Q4 has the same power outputs but with the added traction of all-wheel-drive, it will get to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

Model

Maserati Ghibli

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW M550i xDrive

0-60 mph

5.5 sec

5.2 sec

4.9 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.8 sec

13.7 sec

12.3 sec

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

4.7L

4.4L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

7.7

8.4

9.3

Maserati Ghibli reaches a quarter-mile in just 13.4 seconds which is average in the segment other competitors like Audi A7 (Premium Plus), Mercedes-Benz CLS (550), and BMW M550i xDrive take 14.8, 13.7, and 12.3 seconds. respectively. Maserati Ghibli throws a higher CO2 emission of 9.3 kg for every 15k miles. It is not at all environment-friendly as it is a sports car with a 3L engine.

Ride and Handling

The Ghibli is rather on the sportier side when compared to the average luxury midsize sedan. Given this Sporty nature, the steering doesn’t actually feel fizzed with feedback but is responsive enough to point it in the right direction through a series of curves. There is also good body control and plenty of grips. These qualities however on uneven tarmac gets rather less impressive. When compared to the likes of a 5-series sedan, the BMW will change direction with far less reluctance 

The Italian's sporting pretensions also result in a rather firm, brittle ride that would quickly send Mercedes-Benz owners running in the opposite direction. Even when switching from Sport to Normal mode, the ride never truly settles and picks up on too many surface imperfections for a car of this kind. Not helping matters is the Maserati's large wheels, which also kick up more road roar than in many competitors. Overall, the Ghibli is a decent drive but just lacks the polish we expect of a high-priced luxury sedan.

Braking

The Maserati Ghibli has a powerful braking system with advanced safety features on the mark. Considering a luxury sports sedan, The braking system was powerful and convenient. The car offers a good brake front and has decent 60 to still MPH scores.

2020 Maserati Ghibli Sedan Braking

Model

Maserati Ghibli

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW M550i xDrive

60-0 mph (ft.)

110

109

104

106

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3990

4255

4158

4372

Brake (Front)

13.6

14.0

14.2

14.0

Brake (Rear)

13.0

13.0

12.6

13.6

Though the Maserati Ghibli offers a competent braking system and advanced safety features, The German rivals are abreast in the real-life braking performance. BMW M550i is equipped with a far better braking system and offers far better grip and confidence in spite of possessing a higher curb weight of 4372 lbs.

2020 Maserati Ghibli Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Maserati Ghibli is not a fuel-efficient vehicle as it is boosted with a powerful engine. Ghibli gives an average of 17 MPH on city roads and 24 MPH on the highway. Considering a luxury sports car, we cannot complain about the low fuel economy of Maserati Ghibli as other competitors in this segment are also showing the same side.

Model

Maserati Ghibli

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW M550i xDrive

MPG (City)

17

20

18

16

MPG (Hwy)

24

29

26

25

MPG (Combined)

19

23

21

19

The fuel capacity of Ghibli stands at 70L which is considered good for a luxury sports sedan. The combined average of the sedan is somewhere around 19 which is as expected in the segment.

2020 Maserati Ghibli Interior

7.0/10

The Maserati Ghibli offers premium and updated interiors. The premium sports sedan has a capacity of five, and passenger volume stands at 105.8 Ft.cube which makes Ghibli's interiors spacious and comfortable. The headroom, legroom, and shoulder room is more than enough for a comfortable drive for both front and rear passengers. There are cup holders present not only for the front passengers but also for a rear passenger as one seat cushion can be turned down to discover additional cup holders which were an interesting feature.

Model

Maserati Ghibli

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW M550i xDrive

Passenger Capacity

5

4

4

5

Passenger Volume (Ft.3)

108.0

105.8

104.3

98.8

Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.)

38.8/38.5

36.9/36.6

36.9/36.1

38.8/37.5

Legroom (Front/Rear) (in.)

40.7/33.2

41.3/37.0

42.1/35.0

41.4/36.5

Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) (in.)

56.5/54.8

57.2/55.9

57.1/56.5

58.7/55.9

2020 Maserati Ghibli Sedan  Front Seats

The Maserati Ghibli is boosted with premium and distinct interiors that are in line with the brand's own identity. The seats are comfortable and spacious for a driver as well as rear passengers. Interiors and seats are decorated with handcrafted Italian leather with contrast stitching on the top which definitely boosts the premium atmosphere. Below the infotainment system, there are handy phone holder and little pockets for convenience.

Infotainment System

Maserati Ghibli comes with a premium MTC+( Maserati Touch Control Plus) infotainment system. The stylish infotainment system is located at the center of the dashboard. The infotainment system is equipped with a responsive and feature-rich 8.4" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration with mirroring functions. Wi-Fi hotspot feature is also present in the infotainment system of Maserati Ghibli (2020).

2020 Maserati Ghibli Sedan Infotainment Screen

The luxury sedan is equipped with one of the best infotainment systems in the category with Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound system. The high-end surround sound system is equipped with 15 speakers, and rear woofers made from Kevlar. When it comes to sound output and user integrations, Ghibli outshines its German rivals.

Cargo Volume

The cargo capacity offered by Ghibli, is a setback for the customers, as it offers a trunk volume of 17.7 ft. cube only. The rivals like Audi A7 (Premium Plus), and BMW M550i xDrive are offering better cargo capacities of 24.5 and 18.7 ft. cube respectively. The car has low cargo volume which is definitely a matter of concern for those who are looking for a car with a cargo capacity of all members though it is can easily carry a cargo of two for a weekend trip.

2020 Maserati Ghibli Sedan Cargo Area

Model

Maserati Ghibli

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW M550i xDrive

Trunk Vol. (Ft.3)

17.7

24.5

15.3

18.7

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2020 Maserati Ghibli Exterior

8.0/10

The Ghibli possesses a curb weight of 3990 lbs, and it stands lighter than its German rivals. The premium sports sedan comes with bigger 19" Poseidon alloy wheels which look distinct and premium. There is very aggressive styling on the bonnet and grills which signifies the glorious brand history. The headlamps become more bold and effective in the new Ghibli 2020. The Italian sedan offers a track width of 64.4 and 65.1 for front and rear respectively.

2020 Maserati Ghibli Sedan 3 Quarter View

Model

Maserati Ghibli

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW M550i xDrive

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3990

4255

4158

4372

Wheelbase (in)

118.0

114.7

113.2

117.1

Length (in)

195.7

196.2

194.5

195.4

Width (in)

76.6

75.2

74.1

73.5

Height (in)

57.5

55.9

55.8

57.8

Ground Clearance (in)

4.5

4.4

5.1

5.1

Track Width Front (in)

64.4

64.7

62.9

63.0

Track Width Rear (in)

65.1

64.4

64.1

62.9

The dimensions of Maserati Ghibli are 195.7, 76.7, and 57.5 inches for length, width, and height respectively. The car offers a large wheelbase of 118 inches which is slightly more than the rivals. The ground clearance offered by Ghibli is more or less average at 4.5 inches from the ground.

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2020 Maserati Ghibli Safety

7.0/10

The Italian manufacturer has worked well in this section. The Ghibli (2020) is equipped with some of the advanced safety features like ESC ( Electronic Stability Control), Blind spot sensor, and ABS and Driverline Traction control. Other safety specifications include side impact beams, Low Tire Pressure Warning for each tire and airbag Occupancy sensor. The sedan has dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags along with a diver knee airbag on the board.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

The car is equipped with a backup camera along with parking sensors on the board. Additional, safety features include outboard front lap and shoulder safety belts, and height adjusters and pretensioners. Maserati Ghibli (2020) scored a complete five stars in EURO NCAP safety ratings.

The car also performed well in the IIHS safety crashworthiness test with an overall rating of 'Good'. The car results 'Good' in segments like Moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints & seats while front crash prevention stands at basic. The overall crashworthiness of the car is positive.

2020 Maserati Ghibli Competition

0.0/10

Maserati Ghibli vs Audi A7

Maserati Ghibli is a powerful premium sports sedan with premium interiors, infotainment system, and distinct looks but lacks in fuel efficiency, cargo capacity, and reliability when compared with Audi A7 (Premium Plus).

2020 Audi A7

Maserati Ghibli vs Mercedes Benz CLS 550

Benz CLS 550 is boosted with a 4.7L V8 Biturbo engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission. There is no doubt that Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 outshines Maserati Ghibli (2020) in power, build quality, and mileage while the Ghibli has a better infotainment system, slightly bigger cargo capacity, and distinct looks. Ghibli is also priced a bit lower i.e. approx. $3k than Mercedes-Benz CLS 550.

2020 Mercedes Benz CLS 550

Maserati Ghibli vs BMW M550i xDrive

When it comes to power, there is no doubt that BMW M550i xDrive is the most powerful car among all four discussed above. The BMW M550i xDrive offers good build quality, larger boot space, and a better braking system while Maserati exceeds in infotainment, sound system, and suspension. BMW M550i gives a cut-throat competition to the Ghibli.

2020 BMW M550i xdrive

 

2020 Maserati Ghibli Final Verdict

7.5/10

Ghibli or "gib-lee"  means a coupe named for the hot, dusty North African desert wind but made its way around the world as a surprisingly beautiful car with lots of luxury packages . This is one vehicle that never fails to impress when it comes to grand touring and eye candy interirors. We highly recommend this Mesarati 

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