2018 Maserati Ghibli

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2018 MODEL

$73,050 - $86,750

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Maserati, an Italian luxury car manufacturer, has recently launched a refreshed version of Ghibli. Ghibli is the most popular car of the company. Maserati revealed its third generation Ghibli in 2013 at Shanghai motor show as a mid-size luxury sedan.

Starting from $73,780 and going up to $82,060, the 2018 Maserati Ghibli is launched in three variants by Maserati. The car is launched with a subtle change in design when compared with previous models. The all-new 2018 model has new LED headlights, tweaked grills and bumpers, and minor changes in exterior design. Although there is no huge change in the exteriors, Ghibli 2018 looks refreshed and effective. The additional features that the new variant of Ghibli offers, are Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), Electric power steering system, and premium interior styling.

Maserati kept their signature feel in the new Ghibli. The company's premium clock, interiors and distinct engine sound were discovered in the new Ghibli 2018. The main competitors of Maserati Ghibli (2018) are Audi A7 (premium plus), Mercedes Benz CLS (550), and BMW M550i xDrive. Let's find out how the Italian sedan competes with its German rivals in different categories mentioned below.


7.0/10
Features

 

5.6/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

5.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Starting from $73,780 and going up to $82,060, the 2018 Maserati Ghibli is launched in three variants by Maserati. The car is launched with a subtle change in design when compared with previous models. The all-new 2018 model has new LED headlights, tweaked grills and bumpers, and minor changes in exterior design. Although there is no huge change in the exteriors, Ghibli 2018 looks refreshed and effective. The additional features that the new variant of Ghibli offers, are Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), Electric power steering system, and premium interior styling.

2018 Maserati Ghibli Features

7.0/10

Starting at a price of $73,780, Maserati Ghibli comes in three different variants named as Ghibli, Ghibli S, and Ghibli S Q4. 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. Sunroof is also available in all trims of Maserati Ghibli 2018. Other Interesting features that Maserati included in its latest Ghibli 2018 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.

Trims

Ghibli

Ghibli GranLusso

Ghibli GranSport

MSRP

$73,780

$79,540

$82,060

Key Features 19-inch alloy wheels Chrome front fascia insert

20-inch Urano aluminum wheels

Automatic xenon headlights    
LED running lights and taillights  Adaptive full LED headlamps with High Beam Assist Unique front and rear Sport fascia
Power and heated front seats  Heated black leather & wood steering wheel Gloss red painted brake calipers with White Maserati script
Dual-zone automatic climate control   Skyhook performance suspension with electronic damping
Sunroof Gloss black painted brake calipers with White Maserati script 12-way power front Sport seats
Leather upholstery Full perforated premium leather upholstery  
Driver-seat memory settings    
Rearview camera Heated & ventilated front seats  
8.4-inch touchscreen    
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system  

The features mentioned in the Ghibli section of the above table are also present in Ghibli S and Ghibli S Q4 variants. The base variant is priced at $73,780 while the topmost variant is priced at $82,060 (Approx. $8k more). We recommend you to opt for the topmost Ghibli S Q4 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.

2018 Maserati Ghibli Engine

5.6/10

If you want a truly pulse-quickening Ghibli, you'll have to step up to the 424-hp S model. This base Ghibli's power is merely adequate. But the handling is sensational and perfectly balanced at all times. -edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The V6s power delivery is silky smooth as expected. The engine is competent in producing 369 lb.-ft of torque. The engine produces a fantastic as well as distinct sound which isn't at all harsh. 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 offers 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

$73,780

$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 (2018) offers an eight-speed automatic transmission in all trims including the base variant. The power and torque count at 345 HP and 369 lb-ft respectively, which is below average in the segment through the real-life experience was fairly average.

Acceleration

Maserati Ghibli reaches to 60 mph from standstill in just 5.5 seconds which is really fast as it has a powerful 3.0L engine. The acceleration is good but not as good as of competitors. The German manufacturers like BMW M550i xDrive outshine Maserati Ghibli in 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.

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 second 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 overall riding experience was the positive one. The car his own feelings and comfort. The brand's distinct voice, interior positionings, and features. We were impressed with the seating comfort, position, and space, which was well managed and highly customer focused. The riding was comfortable and confident even on high speeds and a bit rough track (thanks to the advanced suspension technology). The handling was convenient, and the steering offers a good grip. We have no complaints from "Ghibli" in riding and handling segment.

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 good brake front and has decent 60 to still MPH scores.

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.

2018 Maserati Ghibli Fuel Economy

6.7/10

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 considerably good for a luxury sports sedan. The combined average of the sedan is at somewhere around 19 which is as expected in the segment.

2018 Maserati Ghibli Interior

8.0/10

The Ghibli is quiet and comfortable, especially considering it's an Italian sport sedan. The front and rear seats are well-padded. The turbo V6 only gets loud when the Sport button is activated. The Normal suspension setting is just soft enough. -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

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 make 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

The Maserati Ghibli is boosted with premium and distinct interiors which 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 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 (2018).

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.

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

2018 Maserati Ghibli Exterior

5.6/10

"The Ghibli skin has also been tweaked for 2018, with GranLusso and GranSport variants featuring distinctive bumper designs. Both of those new trims also receive full LED headlights." - KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The Ghibli possess 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 2018. The Italian sedan offers a track width of 64.4 and 65.1 for front and rear respectively.

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.

2018 Maserati Ghibli Safety

The Italian manufacturer has worked well in this section. The Ghibli (2018) 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 includeside 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 (2018) scored a complete five stars in EURO NCAP safety ratings.

The car also performed well in 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.

Crashworthiness

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints &seats

Good

Front Crash Prevention

Basic

2018 Maserati Ghibli Competition

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).

Maserati Ghibli vs Mercedes Benz CLS 550

Benz CLS 550 is boosted with a 4.7L V8 biturbo engine with 9-speed automatic transmission. There is no doubt that Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 outshines Maserati Ghibli (2018) 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.

Maserati Ghibli vs BMW M550i xDrive

When it comes to power, there is no doubt that BMW M550i xDrive is the most powerful cars 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 competiton to the Ghibli.

2018 Maserati Ghibli Final Verdict

Ghibli is a premium sport five-seater sedan with a fairly powerful engine and mileage when compared with the rivals. The Ghibli (2018) offers better interiors, suspension, and sound system than German competitors, and has its own design and styling legacy. The uppermost variant offers all-wheel-drive which is impressive. You should consider Ghibli (2018) as a good competitor in this luxury sports sedan segment which stand out of the crowd.

Pros

Distinct and premium interiors

Good safety features

Positive riding experience overall

Impressive suspension

Impressive sound and infotainment system

Cons

A bit low powered than German rivals

Less cargo capacity

What's New?

2 new Sub-models GranLusso and GranSport introduced.

Added power to the S and SQ4 trims

New Electric power steering


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$73050

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

186 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu. in.

horsepower

345 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

118 in.

length

195.7 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

4.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/19/24 mpg

highway range

506.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Maserati Ghibli in Grigio Metallo Metallic color  2018 Maserati Ghibli in Champagne Metallescent color  2018 Maserati Ghibli in Grigio color  2018 Maserati Ghibli in NERO color  2018 Maserati Ghibli in Bianco color
Grigio Metallo Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine

5.6

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

8.0

Exterior

5.6

Driving

7.6

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Maserati Ghibli base

base

power
345 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$73,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Base 4dr Luxury Sport Car (3.0L 6cyl 8AM) Starting at $73,050 MSRP (17/19/24) 345 hp @ 5250 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Maserati Ghibli S

S

power
424 hp
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$78,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Luxury Sport Car (3.0L 6cyl 8AM) Starting at $78,750 MSRP (16/19/24) 424 hp, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Maserati Ghibli GranLusso

GranLusso

power
345 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$79,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GranLusso 4dr Luxury Sport Car (3.0L 6cyl 8AM) Starting at $79,050 MSRP (17/19/24) 345 hp @ 5250 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Maserati Ghibli GranSport

GranSport

power
345 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$79,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GranSport 4dr Luxury Sport Car (3.0L 6cyl 8AM) Starting at $79,050 MSRP (17/19/24) 345 hp @ 5250 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Maserati Ghibli S GranLusso

S GranLusso

power
424 hp
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$81,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S GranLusso 4dr Luxury Sport Car (3.0L 6cyl 8AM) Starting at $81,250 MSRP (16/19/24) 424 hp, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Maserati Ghibli S GranSport

S GranSport

power
424 hp
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$84,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S GranSport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $84,250 MSRP (16/19/24) 424 hp, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
S GranSport 4dr Luxury Sport Car (3.0L 6cyl 8AM) Starting at $84,250 MSRP (16/19/24) 424 hp, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 GranLusso

S Q4 GranLusso

power
424 hp
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$86,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S Q4 GranLusso 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $86,750 MSRP (16/19/24) 424 hp, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 GranSport

S Q4 GranSport

power
424 hp
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$86,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S Q4 GranSport 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $86,750 MSRP (16/19/24) 424 hp, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA