Maserati Quattroporte review

Our Rating: 
3.6
3.6/5.0
By Auto Express Test TeamComments

The Maserati Quattroporte is a head-turning, high performance alternative to the Mercedes S-Class S63 AMG

For: 
Sharp handling, blistering performance, excellent interior
Against: 
High running costs, expensive to buy, polarising styling

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The Maserati Quattroporte is a luxury performance car that offers Ferrari-developed petrol engines and sports car handling.

This all-new model arrived at the end of 2012 and is larger, lighter and more efficient than the car it replaces. 

It’s technically a rival for the Mercedes S-Class and Jaguar XJ, but only the fastest and most expensive variants, such as the S63 AMG and supercharged XJR. 

The new Quattroporte comes with either a 407bhp V6 or a 523bhp V8 engine, with the latter costing around £110,000. 

However in 2014 a new 3.0-litre diesel engine from the smaller Ghibli was added to the range, with 271bhp and more torque than the V8 model.

Our choice: Quattroporte V8 GTS

Styling

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The new Maserati Quattroporte, which was designed in-house, incorporates the brand’s new family face. 

The more aggressive front-end design is a little less elegant than the car it replaces but it seems to have won as many fans as it has detractors.

The interior is a huge improvement on the old car, though, with the mess of buttons replaced by a single large touchscreen.

It’s far simpler, far easier to use and a lot more elegant, too. Build quality is excellent - but the cabin already feels old when compared with the new Mercedes S-Class, which features better quality materials and more technology and sets the standards in this class.

Driving

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The V8-powered model offers the kind of acceleration you’d normally associate with supercars rather than large limousines.

Acceleration from 0-62mph takes just 4.7 seconds and there are huge amounts of torque from under 2,000rpm all the way up to 7,500 rpm, meaning in-gear punch is always impressive.

Plus, a deep growl from the exhausts means people will definitely hear you coming long before they see you.

The turbocharged V6 model doesn't sound quite as good as the V8 but still feels very fast - whereas the diesel is a bit clattery, and becomes more refined once you get up to speed.

Maserati Quattroporte GTS interior

For a car that weighs almost two tonnes, the Quattroporte feels incredibly light to drive. Quick steering and fine-tuned suspension result in a car that grips incredibly hard and barely leans in corners.

However the trade off is a ride that never settles down and on rougher roads the wheels jolt and bounce over bigger imperfections.

The steering is also a little unerving at times - there's not much feel and although it is quite direct sometimes it is hard to know what the wheels are up too.

The gearbox is smooth but the aluminium shift paddles on the wheel are an optional extra - and an essential one at that.

Reliability

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The new engines are untested but have been co-developed and co-built with Ferrari.

These days that generally means you can expect reliability to be very impressive.

The diesel engine is the same VM Mottori unit used in the Chrysler 300C which has already given many years of reliable service. The interior quality feels top-notch, so we’d be surprised if anything were to break, and the touchscreen feels quick and modern, if not quite up to the same standards at the incredibly hi-tech new Mercedes S-Class.

The Quattroporte hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but a generous amount of airbags and a high-tech construction should ensure it performs well.

It also comes with plenty of active and passive safety systems that are common place on cars this size.

Practicality

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The new Maserati Quattroporte is a much larger car than the model it replaces, both in terms of boot size and rear legroom.

The space in the boot is now up to 530 litres – an 80-litre improvement – and the rear seats can even be folded down if you need to carry longer items.

Passengers in the back seats are treated to an extra 107mm in the wheelbase, and a huge increase in legroom as a result.

Six-footers can now stretch out and while a three-seat rear bench comes as standard, you can also opt for a more luxurious two-seat set up.

Running Costs

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Fuel economy for the V8 engine is a huge improvement over the old car’s 15.7mpg figure.

With a smaller capacity and a couple of turbos, the new 3.8-litre V8 manages 23.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 278g/km.

If you drive it hard though then expect that figure to fall dramatically. The V6 is not much better at 26.9mpg combined so the diesel is really the only option if you are planning many long journeys. It returns an impressive 45.6mpg and emits a tax-friendly 163g/km of CO2 - making it competitive with the other diesels in the executive class.

However, the 80-litre fuel tank won’t last that long on the petrol models and you’ll be shelling out well over £100 per fill-up.

As you would expect, insurance premiums are going to be sky high and servicing costs will be befitting of a car with a price-tag of more than £100,000.

The diesel is a bit more accessible at £69,000 but with a long optional equipment list it would be easy to quickly send the price rocketing upwards.

Last updated: 26 Mar, 2014

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