Review

Ferrari FF coupe

Price  £227,168

Ferrari FF coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • A Ferrari for the family
  • All-wheel-drive traction
  • Incredible performance
Cons
  • Not the prettiest Ferrari
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Extortionate optional extras

At a glance

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"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 – its 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 capability doesn’t come cheap – the FF costs a bomb to buy and to run. Routine maintenance shouldn’t be a problem, though, as the Ferrari FF comes with seven years' free servicing.

MPG, running costs & CO2

1 / 5

How big is your credit limit?

The FF has a serious thirst for fuel. Ferrari says it will return 17mpg, but use the engine with any aggression at all and single figures are more likely. Then there’s the CO2 emissions of 380g/km, which mean the car will cost £460 a year to tax. Insurance won’t be cheap either, but really the biggest cost with a £227,000 car will always be the depreciation.

Engines, drive & performance

3.5 / 5

A Ferrari anyone can drive

The FF delivers truly staggering performance, with a 0-62mph time of just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of more than 200mph. Yet, despite its incredible V12 power, this Ferrari is incredibly easy to drive. Clever technology enables even inexperienced drivers to enjoy the car's performance in relative safety, while the all-wheel-drive system ensures 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 that anyone can enjoy. However, the FF's 1,880kg weight and large dimensions mean it never feels as pure or as connected to the road as the mid-engined, two-seater Ferrari 458 Italia.

Interior & comfort

3.5 / 5

Great comfort with a few rough edges

As long as they're not 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. There's also enough head and legroom in the back for six-foot-tall adults.

In comfort mode, the suspension does an okay job of ironing out bumps in the road while still retaining the taut agility you’d expect from a Ferrari. And while the engine is very vocal, it's such a delightful noise 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

3 / 5

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 carry longer items – such as skis – inside the FF. The rear seats are roomy too, making this a genuine four-seater Ferrari. Plus, decent in-car storage provides plenty of places to keep odds and ends.

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Much improved, with seven years of free servicing

Ferrari has significantly improved its build quality in recent years, deploying much of its Formula One know-how into building road cars. Fit and finish inside the FF is impeccable and its precision-engineered 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.

Price, value for money & options

1.5 / 5

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

4.3 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
"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."
5 / 5
"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."
4 / 5
"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

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