Maserati Quattroporte Saloon full 9 point review
The twin-turbo V8 is a mighty fine engine; it’s both flexible and free-revving, and makes the Quattroporte feel quicker than pretty much any other luxury saloon. The V6 is still effortlessly fast, whereas the diesel feels fast only once the revs have passed 1800rpm; nothing much happens below this. All versions come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that changes gear pretty quickly and reasonably smoothly.
Ride & Handling
Agility is impressive for a two-tonne saloon, as is the Quattroporte’s body control. The steering is light and sharp, but the wheel gets dragged this way and that by ridges and crests, and it never tells you how well the tyres are gripping. Our biggest concern is ride quality, though: even with the suspension in its comfort setting, the ride is too crashy, and plenty of thumps find their way into the cabin at all speeds.
The V8 engine is superbly polished – maybe even too quiet if you're attracted to old-school Maseratis and Mercedes AMGs. However, you can make it fizz and pop on downchanges if you select ‘sport’ mode. The V6 petrol is smoother still, but the diesel sounds rough and thrashy. Wind noise is kept well in check, although there's a fair bit of road noise at motorway speeds.
Buying & Owning
There's no doubt that the Quattroporte is a committed purchase, not least because of the running costs. The petrols are thirsty and come with high tax bills, although the diesel's costs are comparable with those of most rival diesel luxury cars. That said, the Quattroporte should hold its value well, which will help keep leasing costs competitive.
Quality & Reliability
Maserati has had a patchy reliability history, but the Quattroporte appears to be solidly built. The quality of the materials used leaves something to be desired, however; a few of the plastics feel too lightweight, and some of the furnishings aren't worthy of a luxury car.
Safety & Security
The Quattroporte is fitted with a sophisticated stability control system to help you avoid having a crash, and there are six airbags to help keep you from harm if an accident becomes unavoidable. You also get head restraints that move to minimise whiplash injuries. An alarm is fitted to fend off thieves.
Behind The Wheel
Sitting behind the Quattroporte’s wheel is a fine place to be. The seats are comfortable and the driving position has a huge range of adjustability. The fascia looks great and is refreshingly uncluttered; most major functions are controlled through the large touch-screen system. It's too easy to move the gearlever from Drive to Park when you want Reverse, though.
Space & Practicality
The Quattroporte is a long car. Thankfully this also translates into a huge amount of space, especially in the back where passengers have lots of lounging room. There’s plenty of space for luggage, too, and the standard three rear seats also fold down. There’s the option of having your Quattroporte as a four seater, with a central divider between the two rear seats.
Standard equipment includes heated front seats with 12-way electrical adjustment, plus all-round leather upholstery. You also get dual-zone climate control, active cruise control, Bluetooth and various sockets to connect your MP3 player. Predictably, an extensive options list gives you plenty of scope for personalising your car.