• 2022 Maserati Ghibli

Italy’s answer to the E-Class and the 5 Series with blazing-fast performance and a meticulously crafted cabin

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The 2022 Ghibli is back with three easy-to-remember trims and a few added driver assistance features. It is still powered by the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 and the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 as its previous iterations. The Ghibli has been one of the best alternatives to the leading German sedans such as the E-Class or the 5 Series. So should you consider it given the fact that it is priced higher than the competition? Is it worth the starting price of $76,000?

Overview

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The Ghibli brings up a straightforward attitude to the midsize luxury sedan segment, and the approach is simple: performance. Yes, Maseratis are known for their sporty nature and opulence, of which the Ghibli has enough of. Still, there are a few caveats, like the absence of a fully digital instrument panel and a bigger infotainment screen - two things generally found inside its competitors. For the 2022 model year, like the other Maseratis, the trim list gets trimmed to three: GT, Modena, and Trofeo. Both the GT and Modena get a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine while the Trofeo packs a beefy 3.8-liter V-8, which puts out over 500 horsepower. Other 2022 model year upgrades continue with the advanced driver assistance features that now get adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping, and lane-departure warning. That said, the overall build quality is stellar with the Ghibli. The interior gets no less than leather, wood, and aluminum trim, making it one of the most luxurious sedans in its segment. But, for the price tag of $77,695 starting price, is it too much that you are missing out in terms of features? Or should you consider the well-known E-Class or the A6 or even the 5 Series over this Italian beast?

Trims and Features

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Shortening the trim list has made it better now as you will not have to spend hours carefully reading the brochure. So from a total of ten trims, it is now down to three: GT, Modena, and Trofeo. The first two trims or “styles” as Maserati likes to call them, get the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine with RWD as standard. However, the 2022 model year drops the optional AWD for the base trim. The Modena gets a power bump of about 79 horsepower and 59 pound-feet more than the base engine configuration. The range-topping Trofeo gets a maniac of a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 which can put down 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet. A detailed trim list and their features are just down below:

GT

  • 19-inch alloys.
  • Sunroof.
  • Xenon headlights.
  • Limited-slip differential.
  • Power tailgate.
  • Leather upholstery.
  • Power-adjustable front seats with multi-level heating.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with multi-level heating.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate.
  • Soft-close doors.
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen display.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
  • SiriusXM.
  • Keyless entry and ignition.

Standard advanced driver assistance features include:

  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Automatic emergency braking.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Pedestrian detection.
  • Lane-keeping assist.
  • Lane-departure warning.
  • Surround-view camera system.

Modena

  • Adaptive LED headlights.
  • Aluminum paddle-shifters.
  • Ventilated front sports seats.
  • Wood trim.
  • Upgraded leather upholstery.
  • 20-inch alloy wheels.

Trofeo

  • Sportier exterior styling.
  • 21-inch alloys.
  • Carbon-fiber trim on the interior.
  • Bespoke high-performance driving mode.

Exterior: Distinctive looks which scream performance

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There’s no doubt that the Ghibli stands out in the competition due to its aggressive styling elements, and if you have a fetish for cars that are not mainstream, you will love how the Ghibli looks. However, the top-tier Trofeo has more aggressive looks because of its blacked-out exterior trim and bigger 21-inch aluminum wheels. The standard exterior styling possesses everything from the outgoing model year except for the new Maserati logo. So there is the same front-end design with sleek LED DRLs and xenon headlamps and the typical Maserati-styled huge intake grille. Maserati has fitted the base GT trim with 20-inch alloys for the new model year. The Modena and Trofeo either get a gloss-black or chrome grille in the front with enlarged side vents. The rear has a shortened boot, delivering a sportier stance. Sleek LED taillights come fitted as standard and so are the quad-exhausts. The overall looks are quite intimidating if you consider other options like the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or the Audi A6. If you compare style, the Ghibli definitely has an edge here. The traditional German sedans like the above examples are no doubt good-looking, but the Ghibli is a stylish bastard straight out of the box.

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As a mid-size sedan, the Ghibli has similar dimensions to the competition. It is nearly 195.7 inches long with a wheelbase of 118 inches. It is fairly wide at 76.5 inches and it is 57.5 inches tall. However, the ground clearance might bug some of you but it is okay at 4.5 inches as long as you stick to the city and highway limits. As for the curb weight, the Ghibli weighs 4,078 pounds and will weigh about 200 pounds more with the AWD. If you compare it to the likes of the 5 Series and E-Class, the Ghibli is kind of on the heavier side.

2022 Maserati Ghibli Exterior Dimensions
Model 2022 Maserati Ghibli
Curb Weight  4,078 lbs.
Length 195.7 in.
Width  76.5 in.
Height 57.5 in.
Ground Clearance  4.5 in.
Wheelbase  118.0 in.

Interior: Luxurious to the core but comes at a price

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The cabin is straight-up luxurious, and it always has been since its first arrival. Maserati is known for its bespoke craftsmanship and is being praised throughout the world but there are a few things that will annoy you because the Ghibli or any Maserati car does not come cheap. First of all, the entire cabin is fitted with good quality materials like aluminum, leather, or wood and even carbon fiber with the Trofeo, but the switches, buttons, and knobs stay the same even if you pay six-digit cash. The dashboard is all blacked-out with red stitches all around. A big touchscreen display sits at the center along with the traditional Maserati analog watch on the top of the dash. Like the competition, you are not getting all that high-tech digital instrument console, instead, you will get an analog-digital combo which will not bother you, in my opinion. The vibe inside the cabin is very original without giving you the feeling of overdoing. The seats come covered with leather as standard and do support multi-level heating and power-adjustability with the front seats. Heating options can be extended to the rear row with the optional packages. You will hardly find any plastic slabs inside the cabin except for leather and wood. Carbon fiber center console along with shift paddles come with the range-topping Trofeo. Aluminum foot pedals and a power-adjustable steering column are available for all trims via a separate interior package.

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As for the seating comfort, well, just like other mid-size sedans, the rear gets a bit cramped up for the passengers while doing long distances. The front has enough comfort as it is a driver-centered cabin. The 38.8 inches headroom and 37.7 inches legroom at the front will not cause any problem at all. While the rear has the same headroom, the legroom shrinks down to just 33.2 inches. The lesser legroom will definitely be a problem to taller and even average-height people. We will recommend carrying two people instead of three in the rear row. The 5 Series and the E-Class have the upper hand in both the front and rear row spaciousness because of increased legroom. The cargo capacity available with the Ghibli is 17.7 cubic-feet which is better than what you will get with the 5 Series, E-Class, and even the Audi A6. So, you can pack an extra full-size duffel at the back of the Ghibli while the others will be full after packing two suitcases. A few of the important interior features of the 2022 Maserati Ghibli are as follows:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescopic adjustability.
  • Leather upholstery.
  • Power-adjustable front seats with multi-level heating options.
  • Wood and carbon fiber trim. (Optional)
  • Aluminum paddle-shifters. (Optional)
2022 Maserati Ghibli Interior Dimensions
Model 2022 Maserati Ghibli
Seating Capacity 5
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 38.8/57.8/37.7
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 38.8/56.5/33.2
Cargo Capacity  17.7 cu. ft.
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All Ghibli trims benefit from a 10.1-inch touchscreen unit that comes connected to Maserati’s tweaked version of the Uconnect system. The interface is easy to read and operate, and now it even sports a voice recognition system. But only if the overall experience was as rich as the iDrive, MBUX, or even the MMI interface. Anyway, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available at your convenience. Other standard features include an eight-speaker audio system which will be enough for most of you but upgrading to the ten-speaker Harman Kardon system would be great. A 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins is available for the Modena and Trofeo only but will set you another $1,500-2000. Notable infotainment features of the 2022 Maserati Ghibli are as follows:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen display.
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
  • Bluetooth and WiFi.
  • SiriusXM.
  • Satellite navigation.
  • Maserati Intelligent Assistant.

Performance and Handling: Both fast and agile

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Every Maserati car gets powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 as their base engine and the Ghibli is no foreigner. This gasoline-powered engine is capable of pumping out 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of maximum torque as default. The Modena gets the same engine but a tuned version which increases the raw performance to 424 horsepower and 428 pound-feet. Both the trims get an eight-speed automatic gearbox while the drive type stays RWD as standard. Earlier, the base trim had an AWD option but got removed for the 2022 model year. So now, only the mid-trim, Modena gets an optional AWD system. There is another engine on offer that is found exclusively with the Trofeo is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo Ferrari-derived V-8 engine. Let me tell you, that engine is brutal to the core and puts out about 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet while driving the rear wheels only. You will have a brief idea about the Trofeo if you click here.

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Swipe up to get a vivid idea of how it performs against the 5 Series and the E-Class.

Enough of raw performance shenanigans, what happens when you unleash them on the road? As the engines are Ferrari-derived, the power and engine sound will make every heart melt. Yes, we are talking about 5.5 seconds from knot to 60 miles per hour with the 345 horsepower guise. The Modena is a second faster for the 60 miles per hour acceleration. According to Car And Driver, the quarter-mile timings are as impressive as they can get with just 13.2 seconds. Now, if you are curious about the 5 Series or the E-Class, they come packed with a turbocharged inline-four engine as their base offering. So with their respective mid-level trim, the Mercedes-Benz E 450 4Matic does 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, the BMW 540i xDrive takes 4.6 seconds. So they are kind of on par with the Modena. Please consider the price tag of the competition versus the Ghibli. What we are trying to say is this Italian monster is not behind the more-practical Germans.

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The Ghibli never felt lacking in our testing. Taking sharp turns or cruising along the highways, this thing flies. The steering input is precise and there decent feedback in most cases. The suspension is set to match its overall character, which means “performance”. However, Maserati offers an air suspension as an option that can further strengthen its handling capabilities. I would say that the 540i and the E 450 are quite similar in the handling department and if I could give a ranking, the two German stark would come first and the Ghibli would be on the far second.

2022 Maserati Ghibli Performance Stats
Model 2022 Maserati Ghibli 2022 Maserati Ghibli Modena
Engine Type 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6
Drive Type RWD RWD
Transmission 8-speed shiftable automatic 8-speed shiftable automatic
Power  345 hp @ 5,500 RPM 424 hp @ 5,700 RPM
Torque  369 lb-ft @ 1,750 RPM 428 lb-ft @ 2,250 RPM
0-60 (mph)  5.5 seconds 4.5 seconds
Quarter-mile - 13.2 seconds
Top Speed 178 mph

How Good is The Fuel Economy of the 2022 Maserati Ghibli?

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It is very unclear how the EPA managed to gain exactly the same mileage figures for both the GT and Modena despite their difference in the overall power output. The agency rates the Ghibli with 17 miles per gallon in the city, a decent 25 miles per gallon on the highways, and an estimated combined mileage of 20 miles per gallon. The numbers are not great if you see what the 540i and E 450 pulled out with their hybrid assistance. I am talking about 23/30 with the Merc and 25/32 with the Bimmer in the city/highway. However, Maserati has packed a 21.1-gallon gas tank that can deliver about 520 miles on the highways.

2022 Maserati Ghibli Fuel Economy
Model 2022 Maserati Ghibli  2022 Maserati Ghibli Modena 
MPG (City) 17 17
MPG (Highway) 25 25
MPG (Combined) 20 20
Tank Capacity (Gallons) 21.1 21.1
Range (City, Highway, Combined) 358.7/527.5/422.0 358.7/527.5/422.0

How safe is the 2022 Maserati Ghibli?

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Well, the 2022 model year Ghibli is updated with a few driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and even pedestrian detection warning. You will also get basically every feature available at the price point so, you will get stability control, blindspot monitoring, seven airbags, and more. Some of the other available safety features are named below:

  • Adaptive headlights.
  • Lane-keeping assist.
  • Lane-departure warning.
  • Emergency braking assist.
  • Rear parking sensors.
  • Surround-view camera system.

Should you consider the 2022 Maserati Ghibli over the competition?

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If you are someone who wants a taste of Italian wizardry without spending hundreds of dollars and have one or two vehicles as your daily driver then you should consider the Ghibli. I mean just visit the nearest dealership and face it. You will love the way it looks and feels inside the cabin. If I had to nitpick, the cabin feels a bit dated because of the smaller infotainment screen and the digital-analog console, but that’s it. The rear row could have a bit of legroom like that of the 5 Series and the E-Class but it is what it is. The compact rear row has led to a slightly better cargo capacity and, in fact, the Ghibli packs the highest cargo space in its segment. Be sure to read up and compare the 5 Series and the E-Class

FAQ.

Is the Maserati Ghibli a good car?
The Ghibli is a good mid-size performance sedan that is fast and agile from the get-go. No matter what trim you choose, you will have enough power and luxury to stand strong among the competition.

Will there be a new Maserati Ghibli?
This 5 Series competitor from Maserati won’t be seeing its rebirth as the company is planning to keep the Quattroporte as their only sedan offering. The Ghibli is expected to be discontinued in 2023 and by then the company would jump to making EVs.

Is it true that Maseratis lose their value over time?
Yes, it is very much true that every car loses its value over a certain period and the Maseratis are no exception. But, in the case of the luxury brands like Maserati, the depreciation rates are high over the years and to be precise, a Ghibli can decrease its value up to 45 percent over the three years warranty. No wonder people love to buy used Maseratis.

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