Consumer Reports’ review of the Maserati Ghibli is yet another positive acknowledgment for the Italian sedan, that has, as we’ve already seen explained in other tests, a lot going for it. Naturally, the first thing that drew their eye is the car’s lines, which especially in the darker blue color of the tester, have a very exclusive and exotic air about them, as does the interior.
It employs the use of high quality materials and a pleasing design that follows the same styling guidelines as the exterior (I’d call it consistent), and the only thing the reviewer found to be Chrysler-esque was the infotainment unit. Its start logo and boot-up sequence say the system is made “by Maserati,” even though it isn’t; other than that, you apparently get to experience something bespoke.
That, after all, is the reason why you’d go for a Trident-badged sedan, over a Lexus or BMW – the look, the exclusivity of the badge, the noise, the handling and the power. All those boxes are checked, as per all the reviews we’ve seen, but on top of that, since Maserati needs to impress regular car buyers too with this more mainstream vehicle, it also needs to exhibit fewer of the reliability problems commonly associated with premium Italian marques. I guess that’s something that only time will tell.
By Andrei Nedelea