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I recently test drove the Ghibli sq 4 on two seperate occasions and I compared my experience to the other comments on this board. As someone who is deciding whether to change to a Ghibli I read with great interest many of the comments on this board and compared them to my own experience.
My comments are in the context of having owned an M3 and currently a Jaguar XFR. The positives on this car are clearly styling, four wheel drive capability, road handling, and the general feel in the drivers seat which I would rate pretty high. I would say up front that that there are many positives here and I don't want to turn this into a forum on which car is better because that is very subjective. The Ghibli has a solid, heavy feel when you drive it and good grip on the road. The Jag is like a cat, is smooth as silk when you accelerate in it and outstanding on the straightaways ( My guess is that that is a surprise to membersof the forum since I've seen one other R (not supercharged) on the road in 2 years). But I don't think it takes the corners as well as the ghibli or you feel the road as well.
However what is really making me hesitate or at least contemplate leasing are some of the issues others had brought up which were pretty accurate.
PICKUP-The pickup was quite weak and laboured versus my car, and although my car is supposed to be .1 faster 0-60mph, it just doesn't feel that way..my car feels like it is responding immediately versus a lot of effort to get the ghibli moving.
INTERIOR-In my opinion the car shouldn't be bought without a luxury package. The car without the luxury package has a plastic look to the areas on the door not covered by leather and the regular leather is inferior. I also noticed that the doors seemed awfully light when I closed them, which wasn't giving me a feeling that it was as solid as the car looks. The fully loaded luxury extended leather looked great in the Ghibli.
NOISES-There is no question that the roar of the engine is appealing, but I wonder how that is after the 9th month. I'm not sure of the answer to this question and would be interested from others. Just wondering if it's a little overkill. There is clearly an annoying buzz coming form the panel, is unquestionably going to be more annoying after months in it, and I wonder if that might be fixed in the 2015 ediiton.
BRAKES-I also noticed that the brakes are really jerky compared to what I'm used to. I didn't notice that as much until I came to a quicker stop.
COST-Like all of these cars, the real price you pay to get the package you should have for a car of this class is much higher than you realize when you see all the cars on the lot. The things I have become used to are extended premium drilled leather with ac ventilation, bowers and wilkins speakers, sports mode, fast acceleration, 20 inch wheels etc which are all standard in the jaguar XFR. Even forgetting the Bower and wilkins speakers, to get these things you are looking at a car well into the 90k's.
In the end what I don't have is four wheel drive and the question for me is how many problems should I overlook to get in a differentiated good looking car with a good driving feel now; and how much should I be willing to pay up? And most importantly will they fix the buzzing sound, weak pickup, and rough brakes in the 2015 car which would suggest waiting?
 

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Brakes: you get used to them within some days. In addition the Brembo's are breaking really very good and you have from 100 kmh(62 mph) a very short "brake-way"
Premium leather: obviously much nicer incl. the Alcantara.
Doors: they are made with aluminium to save weight. Aluminium sounds different than steel. When you see the safety tests in the USA and Europe the Ghibli got the best 5 star rateing in 2013. (Youtube and Google)
Pickup: in sport mode with paddles you will see that the car accelerates very fast. The car is programmed very differently in I.C.E/D/Sport mode and automatic or manual. You can drive this car very aggressive or just cruising around: you have with the Ghibli different cars in one car. The music (yr noise) of the engine is as well very differently depending in which mode you drive. Of course a Ghibli is rather louder than other cars like for ex. your Jag. Thats the DNA of Maserati. But in I.C.E.-mode you hear not a lot.
Buzz comeing from the panel: could be that with very low torque this is typically for turbo's ? In sport mode I don't hear/"feal" it. It doesn't disturbs me as it happens very seldomly in very low torque. Probably some technical specialists on the forum can explain this. If I have time to go to the Geneva motor show I will ask a technician.
 

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Every time you start that engine it produces the craziest growl from cold start and it never gets old. I've had my ghib since November.
 

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Every time you start that engine it produces the craziest growl from cold start and it never gets old. I've had my ghib since November.
My first car was a 68 mustang with a stroked 351 Windsor and that sound it makes is why I still own it 13 years later. It never gets old
 
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