Maserati Ghibli review - can the Italian exec live with the German elite? - Ride and handling

Charismatic, good looking and distinctive - but lacking in substance compared to German rivals

Ride and handling

The Ghibli’s re-occurring weight issue is again its biggest detractor, as it is nothing like as dynamically sorted as the benchmark Jaguar XF or BMW 5-series. Despite using an old school hydraulic power steering set up, the helm is numb and isolates the driver from exactly what the front wheels are doing.

Maserati bills itself as a manufacturer of GT cars, which alludes to a certain level of dynamic capability. In sport mode, with its optional adaptive dampers switched to their firmer setting, the Ghibli is competent and composed across a winding road without ever being really thrilling. The Pirelli P Zero tyres find good grip and body control is strong, but the balance is so benign that there’s no real incentive for chasing the car to its limits.

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