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Maserati Quattroporte Review

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      Launch year
      2013
      Body type
      Luxury
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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“Sporting take on luxury travel”

Best bits

  • Surprisingly good value
  • Eager diesel engine
  • Rear seat space

Not so great

  • Ho-hum fuel economy
  • Ride errs on firm side
  • Some interior quality details

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Overall verdict

"Maserati’s Quattroporte name doesn’t sound as exotic when translated into English, simply meaning 'four door'. Yet, this is one high performance luxury saloon that has all the Italian charisma and style you'd expect from the famous brand."

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Maserati has made some big changes for this generation of its luxury saloon, with a better quality interior, more space and, for the first time, a diesel engine.


The 3.0-litre V6 diesel is shared with the smaller Ghibli but has its roots as a Chrysler unit from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Despite these more modest beginnings, this engine makes the most sense for long distance drivers thanks to its claimed economy of 35.8mpg. It also means that many people can consider the Quattroporte alongside the likes of the Jaguar XJ and Porsche Panamera.


While the Quattroporte diesel has strong pace, for outright performance you need to look to the petrol-powered models for the full-on Maserati experience. The Ferrari-built V8 has been dropped from the line-up in the UK and Europe as it’s simply too thirsty, dirty and expensive, but it does continue to be offered in the USA.


What you can pick from, instead, is a pair of 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol motors. They offer 350PS in the standard car or 430PS with the Quattroporte S. That’s a boost of 20PS from what this engine started with when the car was launched back in 2013 and it’s enough to see this two-tonne luxury motor from rest to 62mph in 5.0 seconds flat. It will also carry it on to a top speed of 179mph, so you’re hardly going to feel short-changed at not having a V8 motor to choose.


Thanks to adaptive dampers, the Quattroporte rides well, absorbing rough roads and speed bumps with ease. It's also very quiet on the move, even at higher speeds, helped by an acoustic windscreen and the same at the back. With sumptuous seats and ample legroom in the back thanks to a wheelbase that’s even lengthier than a Jaguar XJ long wheelbase model, the Quattroporte is a serious contender in the luxury saloon market for those that like being chauffeured.


The cabin is a very handsome, opulent place to be. The quality of the leather used on the seats and dash is top notch, as are the various wood or carbon fibre trims available. On closer inspection, you do come across some switches that feel below par, especially for a car at this level. Similarly, the navigation touchscreen system isn't as sophisticated as the competition. Given the price, we'd expect better.


Ah yes, prices. The diesel is priced at £76,000 give or take a few quid, while the 350PS petrol is just shy of £80,000. Move up to the S model and you’ll need almost £90,000 to enjoy Maserati ownership, but that does compare favourably to the likes of the faster Porsche Panamera models and others such as the Mercedes S-Class in AMG trim. There is also the fact the Maserati name carries a good deal of exclusivity to consider.


The Quattroporte has a sense of occasion that few large saloons can match. All three engines offer strong performance and as an alternative to the usual suspects, we can think of little better than having a Maserati on your drive.


Is the Maserati Quattroporte right for you?

Given the Maserati Quattroporte will be very much outside of most luxury car buyers’ usual vision of choices, you need to make a conscious decision to pick this Italian saloon over the likes of the Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series. Make that leap, though, and you enter a world of luxury driving that is a good deal more exclusive and, perhaps, more satisfying.


The way the Quattroporte drives is very much at the heart of its appeal. Sure, it irons out wrinkly roads as well as a Jaguar XJ, but it also handles and drives with an enthusiasm that only a Porsche Panamera really rivals. It is very much a limo where the owner will spend as much time behind the wheel as sat in the back seats.


Given its comfort, driving enjoyment and opulent cabin, the Quattroporte is surprisingly good value when stacked up against the likes of the Panamera and quicker AMG versions of the Mercedes S-Class. In fact, there’s a good chance the Quattroporte is the right luxury saloon for a lot more people than they realise.


What’s the best Maserati Quattroporte model/engine to choose?

While the Quattroporte makes all the right moves in its styling and drive, Maserati is also savvy enough to know owners still need it to make fiscal sense. The petrol motors are huge fun, but there is also a diesel with plenty of oomph that makes a passable stab at economy and efficiency.


This twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesel comes with 275PS and 600Nm of low- and mid-rev shove. To put that in perspective, this is the same sort of urge that a BMW 730d provides and nobody ever complained about its performance. Nor will Quattroporte drivers as the diesel sees off 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds and tops out at 157mph while also being capable of up to a claimed 35.8mpg combined economy.


Of course, some buyers will want the petrol-powered experience and the entry-point here is the 350PS twin-turbo V6. It revs with glee and sounds crisp and keen, yet it will also cruise quietly and works through the eight-speed automatic gearbox used in all Quattroportes with polished ease. Give this engine its head and it will clear its way to 62mph from rest in 5.5 seconds and top out at 168mph.


Or you could go all in with the S model and its 430PS version of the same motor. It cracks 62mph from a standstill in 5.0 seconds on the nail and will travel on to 179mph on an autobahn. More importantly, it's also smooth and hushed in more everyday driving situations.


What other cars are similar to the Maserati Quattroporte?

The Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class that take up most of the bandwidth in the luxury class don’t really stack up as rivals to the Maserati Quattroporte. Its buyers are more likely to also consider a Porsche Panamera or Jaguar XJ.


The Porsche is offered with a variety of engines and trims, so you can hone it to your taste, but they all come with significant price tags. However, there is also the option of all-wheel drive and an estate version of the Panamera.


The Jaguar XJ’s looks are an acquired taste, its rear seat is short on headroom and the ride can be fidgety. So, the Jag is feeling its age more than the Maserati.

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On the inside

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification