Maserati GranTurismo Review
The Maserati GranTurismo is a hugely stylish long-distance cruiser with a superb-sounding V8 engine but alternatives are more comfortable, better to drive and come with more kit
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The Maserati GranTurismo is a sleek and sporty two-door grand tourer with a sonorous V8 engine and a well-appointed interior. It’s beginning to show its age when you compare it to the likes of the BMW 8 Series and the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, however.
Thankfully, the Maserati GranTurismo’s elegant styling hasn’t aged a day since it was launched in 2007. Look closely and you might notice a few new intakes beside the Maserati’s huge front grille, but these are still relatively subtle when you compare them to the gaping slots cut into the front of the BMW 8 Series.
Sadly, time hasn’t been so kind to the Maserati GranTurismo’s interior. Where alternatives come with huge glossy touchscreens and cool digital dials, the GranTurismo has to make do with some old-fashioned analogue instruments, a myriad of confusing buttons and a dated infotainment system with unremarkable graphics and confusing menus.
At least the leather seats feel fantastic and almost all of the surfaces you’ll touch regularly feel equally premium. The seats are reasonably supportive too, but they can’t quite match the levels of adjustment you get in an 8 Series or S-Class Coupe.
You won’t buy a Maserati GranTurismo because of the way it feels inside or the amount of equipment it comes with, but you may be swayed by its stunning looks and old-school V8 engine
Thankfully, the rest of the Maserati GranTurismo is more than capable of lapping up long jaunts across the continent – especially with the optional adaptive suspension in its most comfortable setting. You don’t get much in the way of driver assistance systems, but at least wind and tyre noise aren’t particularly intrusive and the 4.7-litre V8’s quite happy to cruise along at motorway speeds with little more than a faint burble.
Head onto some twisty country roads and – once again – the Maserati GranTurismo starts to show its age. It’ll reach 62mph from rest as fast as a BMW 840d but doesn’t feel quite as agile or as responsive.
Still, if you’re looking for a left-field grand tourer with classy styling and a fantastic-sounding V8 engine, the Maserati GrandTurismo will be right up your street. Check out our Maserati GranTurismo deals to see how much you can save on one.