Carmudi Monthly 015 - Page 27

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REVIEW

interior

The inside of the Ghibli is as Italian as its exterior. Open the door of this particular one, and you are greeted by red leather paired with a Rovere Veneer trim, reminding you of the Ghibli's luxurious and sporty upbringing.

THe fornt seats are plenty comfortable, so those long drives up windy roads (which I highly recommend you do inthis car), won't leave you clutching at your lower back as you get down. The 8.5" infortainment system doesn't require a Master's degree in Robotics to operate, which is nice (some European car manufactures pump thse things so full of complex tech, I'm sure they must secretly be Transformers or something). The only gripe with it is the rather plain graphics, which do feel a little aftermarket-ish. Having said that, its is smooth and easy to use.

Perhaps the only blemish on the lavely dashboard of the Ghibli, is the analog clock. Now I'm a sucker for an analog clock in a car—if done right. It brings an old school elegance and charm. Sadly, the one in the Ghibli looks a bit more like an after thought than a design choice. The clock itself is fine, but more the setting of it in the dash is what the issue is.

Other than that, you have your standard storage compartments in the front and back, and while leg room and head room in the front is plentiful, the back seats do suffer a little bit. You aren't exactly cramped, but the length of a car, 4971mm, and the size of the cabin don't quite match up.

Overall though, there is plenty of that Italian styling that we crave for, the Ghibli is filled with chara–cter and just the right amount of attitude, balancing between the luxurious and the racer, like a F1 race car driver in a tailored Tuxedo.