The Maserati GranCabrio is one of the most stylish soft-tops you can buy and has a glorious-sounding V8 engine, but German alternatives are more comfortable and better equipped
The Maserati GranCabrio is a stylish soft-top with a plush-feeling interior and an old-school V8 engine that sounds absolutely brilliant. It’s starting to feel a little old-fashioned when you compare it to the much newer BMW 8 Series Convertible and Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet.
The GranCabrio’s been on sale since 2010, but you wouldn’t guess just by looking at it. Sure, it’s had a little work done since it first went on sale, but Its elegant, simple lines make it look a bit more grown-up than the comparatively fussy BMW 8 Series Convertible.
Unfortunately, this theme doesn’t continue when you climb inside. The Maserati GranCabrio’s cabin doesn’t look anywhere near as modern as those you get in the 8 Series Convertible or S-Class Cabriolet and in isn’t as intuitive to use, either. This is especially true of the Maserati’s rather outdated infotainment system.
It’s a shame that the Maserati’s onboard tech is so old-fashioned because the rest of the GranCabrio’s interior feels every inch a premium product. The materials on the dashboard and doors feel lovely and soft and the standard leather seats are just as plush as those in the Mercedes and BMW. It’s a shame that they don’t come with quite as much support, though.
The Maserati GranCabrio isn’t as well-equipped as the likes of the BMW 8 Series Convertible and S-Class Cabriolet, but it looks stunning and its V8 engine sounds fantastic
This won’t be an issue if you do lots of short trips to the golf course and back, but if you fancy taking your Maserati GranCabrio for long drives you might find yourself stopping more regularly to stretch your legs. That being said, it’s still very relaxing to drive in other ways – you won’t hear much wind and tyre noise with the roof up and the engine produces little more than a bassy thrum at motorway speeds.
Head onto a country road with the roof down and you’ll get to enjoy the 4.7-litre V8’s Pavarotti-esque burbles even more clearly, Unfortunately, the Maserati doesn’t feel as nimble as the likes of the Mercedes, nor can it iron out bumps quite as smoothly, even with the optional adaptive suspension in its most comfortable setting.
If you aren’t looking for a particularly sporty soft-top, however, the Maserati GranCabrio makes an interesting left-field choice. Check out our Maserati GranTurismo deals to see how much you can save on one.