The Italian noble sedan is now available with a mild hybrid drive. How does the technology affect consumption and costs?
"The cornering Ghibli, with its responsive but thirsty mild hybrid four-cylinder, delivers an emotionless driving experience that neither fits the brand nor the price. Annoying: the steering." Apparently, Thomas Hellmanzik's Italian luxury sedan didn't cause a storm of enthusiasm in the test. In addition, the conclusion of our editor already gives an indication of the consumption of the electrified drive train. We take a closer look at this - as well as the everyday costs of the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid Granlusso.
Our test consumption
The Italian provides the little creditable proof that not every hybrid drive automatically means a low thirst. In the test, the two-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine consumed a whopping 12.1 liters per 100 kilometers, although it should only be 8.1 liters according to the WLTP standard. The fuel costs (20.32 euros) for this distance are at a correspondingly high level. The Ghibli does not even reach the promised WLTP level on the Eco round, even if the consumption, which has fallen to 8.5 liters, pushes the equivalent of the refueled Super Plus down to 14.27 euros. The other extreme can be seen on the sporty lap: the consumption of 13.5 liters achieved here raises the fuel costs to 22.67 euros. The latter are calculated using the daily updated fuel price on our partner portal mehr-tanken.de (08/06/2021 /Super Plus: 1.679 euros/litre).
Monthly maintenance costs
The hybrid drive has a positive effect on vehicle tax, which amounts to 259 euros per year. Liability insurance for the same period costs 470 euros, while the partially comprehensive upgrade costs an additional 253 euros and fully comprehensive protection another 1,562 euros. If everything is included in the calculation, the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid Granlusso ends up with monthly maintenance costs of 462 euros if it is used 15,000 kilometers a year. If the mileage doubles, the maintenance costs also increase - to 848 euros. The loss in value is not taken into account in this calculation.
How to test
The auto motor und sport test consumption consists of three differently weighted consumption drives. So-called “commuter consumption” accounts for 70 percent. This is a journey from home to work, which averages 21 kilometers. A particularly economical, approx. 275-kilometre-long eco-lap is included in the rating with 15 percent. The remaining 15 percent is accounted for by the sports driver lap. The length is roughly the same as the eco lap, but the route includes a larger proportion of motorway and thus higher speeds on average.The basis for calculating the fuel costs is always the price quoted on the "more tanken" portal on the day the article was created.
The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear part costs and vehicle taxes assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without loss of value. The calculation is based on the test consumption, a three-year holding period, no-claims class SF12 for liability and comprehensive insurance with Allianz, including discounts for garage parkers and the restriction to certain drivers (not under 21). At Allianz, SF12 offers a discount rate of 34 percent for liability and 28 percent for comprehensive insurance.
The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid Granlusso with 330 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with hybrid support costs at least 83,169 euros and consumes an average of 12.1 liters, which results in fuel costs of 20.32 euros per 100 kilometers. The monthly maintenance costs are 462 euros with an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers. If this increases to 30,000 kilometers, the sum increases to 848 euros.