The Ghibli is competitively priced, Maserati smartly choosing not to place any particular value on its exotic name while trying to break into a party peopled by terrifyingly well accomplished Germans.

That said, it doesn’t take long in the company of the options list for the numbers to start adding up. One test car felt fully but not lavishly equipped, but only thanks to the addition of almost £15,000 worth of additional goodies.

It's probably worth thinking about the adaptive dampers, or avoiding the 20-inch wheels

Given its weight, you can’t expect even a diesel Maserati to be truly frugal. The saintly might see 40mpg once in a while, as we did on our touring route, but something a little better than 30mpg should be seen as a realistic target in regular running in and out of town. At least its CO2 emissions are competitive with most six-cylinder diesel mid-size execs. 

Both V6 versions should prove capable of averaging over 20mpg; the standard V6 is claimed to average 29mpg and the V6S is reputed to return 27mpg, which should be acceptable to most buyers.

The residual values should prove more than acceptable to most too, with the Ghibli retaining much more value after four years than the equivalent BMW or Mercedes.

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