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Maserati Ghibli saloon - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Maserati Ghibli only makes sense with a diesel engine

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Even buyers after large executive saloons need to count the pennies from time to time (there’s an argument to say that’s an essential executive skill) and the Maserati Ghibli doesn’t quite stand up to scrutiny in terms of economics; the diesel engine isn’t as thirsty as the petrol version but both are relatively expensive.

Maserati Ghibli MPG & CO2

The 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine is the entry point to the Ghibli stable. This returns 40.3mpg and emits 184g/km of CO2. Company-car drivers will be liable for top-rate Benefit-in-Kind (BiK), just like the petrol. In comparison, the Mercedes BMW 530d returns 45.6mpg and 138g/km, attracting a BiK rate two bands lower. The equivalent Jaguar XF 3.0d returns up to 43.2mpg and sits in the top BiK band but the smaller 2.0-litre engines are much more economical and still punchy.

Things get even worse when looking at the V6 petrol engine. It manages just 25.6mpg and has stratospheric emissions of 344g/km - more than a V12-engined Rolls-Royce Cullinan. It sounds fantastic and is powerful but frequent visits to the fuel station and top-rate BiK make it hard to recommend.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all Maserati Ghiblis cost £145 a year to tax. But as the list price (including options) of all versions is more than £40,000, owners are liable for an additional surcharge of £320 a year in years two to six, bringing the annual bill to £465 during that period.

Insurance groups

Another expensive area: that desirable Maserati badge is coveted by many, not just legitimate owners; that, plus high performance and potentially pricey repairs, explains why all Ghiblis are classified in the top group 50 for insurance purposes.

Warranty

Maserati’s three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty is decent and on a par with the guarantees offered by Mercedes and BMW.

Servicing

If you’ve made it this far without quietly putting your wallet away and sighing slightly, it’ll come as no surprise to learn servicing and Maserati are two words that are associated with high costs. Maserati does offer fixed-price maintenance packages, though: one of its approved London dealers quotes just under £1,500 for three years’ worth of official services for a Ghibli diesel, or £2,500 if you choose the premium package that also covers brakes and windscreen wipers.

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