Is there anything interesting about its design?
On the outside the updated Ghibli is identical to the previous one. Those C-pillars adorned with the Maserati Trident logo flow down into the hulking rear haunches. The nose turns down supercar style to that stiff upper lip. While the front bumper and splitter are cleanly styled and don't steal any of the spotlight away from the centerpiece - that unmistakable grille which along with the decorative side vents have become the key Maserati identifiers.
This is a stunning car and more emotional in its design than the Alfa, BMW, or Benz. Sure, the rear end looks like just about every other car's bottom and it is a bit stumpy, but that's the reality of a cab-back design also shared by its rivals which moves the cabin rearward to allow the nose to extend like that boat from Miami Vice.
Sumptuous is a word really only ever dusted off and used to describe food and hotel rooms, but it also nails the feel of the Ghibli's cabin.
The Ghibli shares the same chassis and suspension design as its Quattroporte big brother, but is 293mm shorter at 4971mm end to end. That's long for this segment – the Giulia QV is 4639, the M3 is 4661mm and the C63s is 4686. It's wider and taller too, at 2100mm across including the mirrors and 1461mm high, the C63 s for example is 2020mm from mirror to mirror and 1442mm to the roof top.
Sumptuous is a word really only ever dusted off and used to describe food and hotel rooms, but it also nails the feel of the Ghibli's cabin. Modern, luxurious and a bit over the top, our Ghibli was fitted with the 'Luxury Package' which costs the price of a brand new Kia Rio, and adds premium leather.
Not so premium is the touchscreen which looks suspiciously like the same one from the Jeep Cherokee (also owned by Maserati's parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), right down to the air vents which flank it, and the window switches are also very close to those used in the Jeep.
On this topic of quality the Ghibli wasn't as high up the scale as we'd expect. The windscreen wipers were unusually loud and had less than perfect contact with the window. The top tether anchor points for child seats were housed in sharp plastic wells that felt little piranha mouths and the air vents and plastics in the back row were a bit cheap feeling.
Not at all cheap feeling is the Ghibli's key fob, it weighs about the same as a small cobblestone and feels like one in your pocket. It's surely weighted with concrete or lead or dark matter to give it that solid, quality feel.