Ferrari FF coupe
- A Ferrari for the family
- All-wheel drive traction
- Incredible performance
- Expensive to buy and run
- Extortionate options
- Not the prettiest Ferrari
"The Ferrari FF is the first four-wheel drive Ferrari, and the company's most practical car by far."
The FF is a landmark car for Ferrari – the first model to get four-wheel-drive. It's also the company's most practical car to date, offering supercar thrills for all the family thanks to its spacious four-seater interior and reasonably sized boot. The FF's innovative, lightweight, all-wheel drive system even allows it to drive on snow. The Ferrari FF replaces the 612 Scaglietti, but uses a larger 6.3-litre V12 engine that can produce 651bhp. As you’d imagine, performance is staggering, with a top speed of over 200mph, making the Ferrari FF the fastest four-seater on the planet. However, this performance doesn’t come cheap – the FF costs a bomb to buy and to run. Routine maintenance shouldn’t be a problem as the Ferrari FF comes with seven years free servicing.
MPG, running costs & CO2
How big's your credit limit?
The FF has a serious thirst for fuel. Ferrari say it will do 17mpg, but use the engine with any aggression at all and single figures are more likely. Then there's the emissions of 380g/km, which means the car will cost £460 a year to tax. Insurance won’t be cheap either, but really the biggest cost on a £227,000 will always be the depreciation.
Interior & comfort
High comfort with a few rough edges
So long as you aren’t expecting the comfort of a Bentley, most people will have little to complain about on a long journey in an FF. The luxury sports seat hold you firmly in place but are sufficiently cosseting to take the strain out of long stints behind the wheel and there's enough head and leg room in the back for six-foot-tall adults. In comfort mode, the suspension does an okay job of ironing out the bumps in the road while still retaining the kind of taut agility you’d expect from a Ferrari, plus while the engine is very vocal, it's such a delight that it never gets on your nerves. But wide wheels do create quite a bit of tyre roar at motorway speeds and the automatic gearbox can feel a bit jerky around town.
Practicality & boot space
Ferrari's most practical car by far
This is about as practical as supercars get. The boot is a decent size, with about the same amount of space as a small family hatchback, while the fold-down rear seats mean you can even use the FF to carry longer items – such as skis – inside the car. The rear is roomy too, making this a genuine four-seater Ferrari. Plus decent in-car stowage provides plenty of places to store your jewelry.
Reliability & safety
Much improved, with seven years of free servicing
Ferrari has really upped its build quality over recent years, deploying much of its F1 knowhow into building road cars. The fit and finish inside the FF is impeccable and the precision engineering of its performance parts should provide peace of mind to buyers. What's more, all FFs come with seven years’ free servicing to keep them in tip-top condition.
Engines, drive & performance
A Ferrari anyone can drive
The FF delivers truly staggering performance, with the 0-62mph sprint dealt with in just 3.7 seconds up to a top speed of more than 200mph. Yet, despite its incredible V12 power, this Ferrari is incredibly easy to drive. Clever driver's aids enable even inexperienced drivers to enjoy the available performance in relative safety, while the all-wheel drive system delivers impressive grip in damp or snowy conditions. Factor in light controls, strong brakes, a fast-shifting automatic gearbox and surprisingly good all-round visibility, and you have a supercar anyone can enjoy. However, the 1,880kg weight and large dimensions means that it never feels as pure nor as connected to the road as the mid-engined two-seater Ferrari 458 Italia.
Price, value for money & options
Expensive and exclusive, and beware of exorbitant options
The FF is a very expensive car, but then it's also a very exclusive car. And you can make it even more exclusive with a wide range of options. However, even millionaires should beware because some of these are often unreasonably pricy - for example, one of the darker red paint schemes costs £11,000. Then there's the fact that for the same price as the FF you could have a Ferrari 458 for the weekends and an Audi S6 Quattro for daily use.
What the others say
"Ferrari deserves credit for trying something different. The shooting-brake looks will divide opinion, but there's no arguing with the acceleration and exhaust note. Four-wheel drive makes the performance even easier to access and the FF isn’t as intimidating as a 458, plus it carries four and their luggage in comfort. The only problem is the huge price."
"If you are expecting something that has the ultimate over the limit dynamic edge of a 458 or 599, then you will be disappointed. However, the FF wasn't designed simply to be a four-seat version of a 599. It can tackle terrain and roads that you wouldn't think about taking a 599 across, so small compromises in the driving experience are inevitable and, in this case, not unhealthy."
"If you have the wherewithal to buy an FF, you'll also have the wherewithal to buy one of Ferrari's two-seater sports cars and a luxury saloon. So, is the FF an answer to a question no one has asked? Yes, in part, and that's before you consider that V12 Ferraris have never held their value as well as the V8s. It'll be expensive to run, too, although Ferrari's seven-year servicing package - standard on all of its new cars, and transferrable - does sweeten the deal."
Last updated: 20 Dec 2013