Maserati Quattroporte review
The Maserati Quattroporte is a stylish luxury saloon with sporty engines, but its interior can’t hold a candle to the more tech-savvy Germans
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The Maserati Quattroporte is a luxurious saloon car with left-field looks, a premium interior and plenty of Italian charm. It’s the car you’ll buy if the business-like sensibleness of German luxury saloons doesn’t appeal.
That’s not to say it’s all style and no substance. The Maserati Quattroporte also handles well and has a pair of smooth and sporty sounding V6 petrol engine options. There’s no longer a sensible diesel option, but there is now a 580hp 3.8-litre Ferrari-sourced V8 in the form of the Mercedes AMG-rivalling Trofeo model. You’ve gotta love the Italians.
It’s been around for several years now, but the Quattroporte has been recently updated to include a new, easier-to-operate touchscreen. It still doesn’t come with the same level of gadgetry and fit-and-finish as the likes of the Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series, however.
This shouldn’t be an immediate dealbreaker, though – especially if you’re more into how a car looks than how speedily its sat-nav responds. The imposing Maserati Quattroporte definitely looks sportier than the rather understated Mercedes S-Class and its angular front end isn’t anywhere near as divisive as the BMW 7 Series with its gaping, nostril-like grilles.
Step inside, and you’ll find the Maserati Quattroporte’s cabin feels impressively posh but isn’t quite as modern as the Mercedes’ or BMW’s. Sure, there’s plenty of plush leather upholstery on the seats, dashboard and doors, but even with the latest improvements don’t bring the technology or features up to the best-in-class standard.
At least you’ll be sitting comfortably while you fiddle around adjusting the sat-nav. The Maserati Quattroporte’s seats are soft and supportive and there’s ample space for tall adults to stretch out.
The Maserati Quattroporte provides an alternative to the usual crop of upmarket German cars if you prefer your saloons to look stylish rather than come packed with sci-fi technology
Things aren’t quite so roomy in the back seats – your tallest friends will have more headroom in an S-Class or 7 Series – but it’s hardly cramped back there. And at least the Quattroporte comes with double glazing and special sound insulation to make it a very quiet car to travel in.
Smooth petrol V6 power means the Quattroporte is a relaxing car to drive, with a decent turn of speed when required. Those engines are again not the most modern, so many alternatives beat it for claimed efficiency, while the diesel option was recently removed from sale.
Still, the new range-topping Trofeo model offers an intoxicating blend of fun handling, huge performance and a cool image when compared to the ten-a-penny German equivalents. It’s not as sophisticated as those cars, though, and disappointingly the potent twin-turbo V8 is too quiet.
What you won’t find in the Maserati Quattroporte is quite as many clever driver assistance features in the two Germans. If you can live without these, however, the Maserati Quattroporte makes an interesting, left-field luxury saloon. Check out our Maserati Quattroporte deals to see how much you can save on one.
The Quattroporte is a very long and wide car, so passengers will find little to complain about in the front or back
With the Quattroporte it’s clear the driver is supposed to be as important as the passengers, whereas some other luxury limos are focused around the rear seats being crammed with features.
There’s plenty of room up front, and given it’s nearly 5.3m long it’s no surprise that legroom for rear seat passengers is generous, while headroom is pretty plentiful for a sporting saloon. A three-seat bench is standard fitment, although the middle seat is hard and the transmission tunnel is large, so it’s only for occasional use.
One option that is more in-keeping with the Quattroporte’s luxury intent is to spec the individual two-seat layout, which brings in a partition armrest in place of a third seat and introduces luxuries such as electric reclining and ventilation for the rear seats, plus the ability to electrically fold the front passenger seat forwards to let the passenger behind stretch out. It’s an eye-watering £4,500, however.
There’s little in the way of surpise and delight when it comes to useful storage features in the Quattroporte.
You get the usual assortment of cupholders and acceptably-sized door bins, while the glovebox is okay. There’s nothing remarkable or noteworthy in this respect, however.
Given the sheer expanse of metal at the rear of the Quattroporte it’s no surprise the boot is rather large. At 530 litres in capacity it should be plenty sufficient for a long weekend away with friends.
While you’re hardly going to count practicality as the main selling point of a Maserati, it’s useful that the rear seats do fold if you need to carry longer items, while the opening of the boot itself is large and square.
By way of comparison, a BMW 7 Series boasts a maximum of 515 litres with the seats up, while an Audi A8 only manages to offer 505 litres. Only the latest Mercedes S-Class offers a larger boot than the Maserati, at 550 litres.
The Quattroporte isn’t your typical luxury limo, aiming to offer a more sporting and characterful driving experience. It’s not perfect, though.
Up until recently you could order a six-cylinder diesel engine in the Quattroporte, allowing you to bask in the Maserati brand’s pedigree without needing to remortgage the house to keep it fuelled.
It’s now been ditched, however, meaning the entry point to the Quattroporte range is a rather un-basic 350hp turbocharged petrol V6. Even that can do 0-62mph in 5.5sec and is plenty swift enough for most needs.
However, the Quattroporte S is probably more ‘Maserati-ish’ thanks to its twin-turbo V6 putting out 430hp. It sounds good, has a strong turn of speed and offers basically the same claimed fuel economy as the lesser V6, so it would be our choice.
However, if your budget can stretch to it there is a new option aimed at the likes of BMW’s M division and Mercedes-AMG. The Maserato Quattroporte Trofeo is powered by a storming 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that was developed by Ferrari. It puts out 580hp, enough for thundering straight-line pace right up to a top speed of 202mph.
It feels exciting, but the sound? Disappointingly muted. You’ll think you’ve left the car in a ‘quiet’ mode even in its most aggressive drive setting, which is a pity given you’d want a V8 Maserati to tingle your spine.
The Maserati Quattroporte isn’t meant to be the most soft and isolating luxury saloon – instead it offer a more sporting driving experience.
Ride comfort is decent enough on the whole. The Quattroporte is certainly more comfortable than the smaller Ghibli, which is just too stiff, but it won’t keep you isolated from battle-scarred British tarmac anything like as well as a Mercedes S-Class.
Still, the Quattroporte counters with sharp handling, feeling agile and composed in a way that makes it more like a smaller sports saloon. It’s not perfect – the lifeless steering is a letdown – but you’ll enjoy getting behind the wheel.
The Quattroporte Trofeo takes things a step further, with a unique suspension tune for a sportier feel to match the thunderous engine. It’s sharper and more entertaining than the standard car. It’s firmer, but just the right side of comfortable, too.
The Maserati Quattroporte’s interior looks elegant and the latest infotainment is an improvement, but it still feels dated and a long way from the hi-tech Germans