Maserati Quattroporte saloon
Price £69,235 - £109,635
- 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."
Maserati has had a Quattroporte in its range for more than 50 years and the latest generation continues a tradition of luxurious, spacious and incredibly quick saloons.
Buyers have a choice of two engines, which were co-developed with Ferrari: a 3.8-litre V8 with 523bhp and a 3.0-litre V6 with 407bhp. Both offer incredible acceleration and the Quattroporte has decent handling to match the performance on offer. It weighs almost two tonnes, but both its size and weight seem to halve as it darts from bend to bend. A diesel version is also available, offering much better fuel economy.
While the Quattroporte can't offer the same amount of high-tech equipment as the German competition, it gets a high-quality interior – with plenty of wood and leather – that feels more special than what you'll find in any Mercedes, BMW, Audi or even Jaguar.
The same is true outside, where the Maserati's styling is much more eye-catching than any of its rivals'. It's also better-looking than plenty of two-door coupes. Although this does mean interior space isn't as generous as in more conventional saloons.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Engines are improved from old model, 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 road 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 car 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
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.