Maserati Quattroporte saloon
Price £69,560 - £110,390
- Extremely quick
- Sumptuous interior
- Handles like a sports car
- Expensive to buy
- High running costs
- Could be more spacious
At a glance
"The Maserati Quattroporte can be a luxury limousine one minute and a Porsche-rivalling sports car the next."
The Maserati Quattroporte name has been around for over 50 years now. It's always promised a large, luxurious and fast four-door saloon and the latest version is no different.
There's a choice of two petrol engines, and buyers will be pleased to know that Ferrari has had a hand in developing both. You can have either a 407bhp 3.0-litre V6 or a muscley 523bhp 3.8-litre V8. Company-car drivers and others concerned with low running costs also have the option of a Maserati Quattroporte diesel. All engines promise strong acceleration, but the diesel will obviously be considerably cheaper to run than the either of the petrols.
The Quattroporte is a large and heavy car, but thanks to those engines, it doesn’t feel like it from behind the wheel. This agility and responsiveness sets the Maserati apart from rivals such as the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8, which are more exclusively focused on luxury and refinement than sports-car-like handling. The Jaguar XJ and Porsche Panamera get closer to the Quattroporte's entertaining 'split personality' approach.
Inisde, there's plenty of wood and leather, along with a touch of Italian design flair to set the Maserati apart from its more sober-suited German competitors. On the downside, it's not quite as spacious as those cars due to its swoopy exterior styling.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Engines are improved from the old model's, but petrols are extremely pricey to run
The 3.8-litre V8 petrol engine is a massive improvement in terms of fuel economy compared with the old Quattroporte's 4.7-litre V8, but it's still going to cost a lot to tax, fuel and insure. The official fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures of 23.7mpg and 274g/km are high, so you'll be topping up the 80-litre fuel tank regularly and road tax wil cost £505 a year. The smaller 3.0-litre V6 petrol manages 26.9mpg and emits 244g/km of CO2 for £490 road tax, while the much more efficient 3.0-litre diesel engine returns a claimed 45.6mpg and emits 163g/km of CO2, so tax is £180 annually.
Engines, drive & performance
Faster than a Porsche 911 and almost as good in the corners
The range-topping 523bhp V8 engine accelerates the two-tonne Quattroporte from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, which is quicker than a basic Porsche 911. The V6 model is nearly as quick, though, which makes you wonder why anyone would choose the V8, although it has to be said the larger engine sounds even better. The diesel is slower, but still has plenty of pace. It doesn't sound anywhere near as good as the petrols, though. Despite its weight, the Quattroporte feels as light as a feather through the corners. Quick changes of direction are easy and the steering reacts fast, helping the car to feel a lot smaller than it actually is.
Interior & comfort
Beaten by the Mercedes S-Class here, but it's comfortable for a sporty car
The interior of the Quattroporte is now more luxurious than ever before. High-quality leather, wood and metal is the order of the day and the seats are very well shaped and cushioned. The car's sporty inclinations mean the suspension is firmer than what you get with more traditional executive cars like the Mercedes S-Class, but it's still very comfortable over long distances. An extra 107mm in between the front and rear wheels compared to the old model has greatly boosted the amount of space available to rear passengers.
Practicality & boot space
Spacious boot and more generous rear legroom
The new Quattroporte is a much longer car than the model it replaces, which greatly improves rear legroom and boot space. Passengers in the back seats can stretch out and while a three-seat rear bench comes as standard, you can have a more luxurious two-seat set-up instead if you want. The boot holds 530 litres of luggage – 80 litres more than the old car – but you can fold the rear seats down if you need to carry something larger.
Reliability & safety
Engines and chassis are new, but thoroughly tested
Both of the petrol engines in the Maserati Quattroporte were new for this model. That may sound worrying, but millions of miles of testing before going on sale means they'll probably be hardy enough – although Italian cars don't have the best reputation for reliablity. Interior quality is impressive, so you won't find any flimsy plastics. The Quattroporte hasn't been through the Euro NCAP crash tests, but a strong high-tech body, a long list of active safety systems and a generous amount of airbags mean it's likely to perform well in an accident.
Price, value for money & options
Extremely expensive, but has incredible performance and loads of equipment
No two ways about it – the Maserati Quattroporte is an expensive car. Helping justify the high price, however, is its incredible performance and impeccable handling, along with an extremely high-quality interior and long list of standard equipment. You get sat nav, full leather upholstery, parking sensors and climate control as standard. Expensive options include four-zone climate control, a pair of individual 'comfort' rear seats (as opposed to the traditional three-seater rear bench) and a premium stereo.