Maserati Quattroporte review - Reliability and Safety
With great build quality and no reliability scares, the Quattroporte should be a safe bet
Maserati didn’t record a big enough sample size to feature in our Driver Power 2016 satisfaction survey. It’s certainly true the brand used to have a reputation for fearsome unreliability and dreadful build quality, but the latest Quattroporte feels very well put together and features plenty of well proven components, like the eight-speed ZF box.
The powerful diesel is the same VM Motori engine which is used in the Chrysler 300C and Jeep Grand Cherokee, while the platform is also shared with the Ghibli. The two petrol engines were both new for the Quattroporte’s launch, but overall we wouldn’t expect the Maserati ownership experience to be very different from other cars in its class in respect of reliability.
Maserati offers a three-year unlimited mileage warranty should anything go wrong, but the very small number of UK dealers may be off-putting – and a real pain if you there isn’t one nearby when you need it. There are around 20 listed on Maserati’s UK website, which is stretching things a bit thin.
The Quattroporte’s standard safety equipment includes window airbags and a reversing camera.
The Quattroporte hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but it's the same story for high-end rivals like the Aston Martin Rapide, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Porsche Panamera. However a generous number of airbags and high-tech construction should ensure the Quattroporte performs well. It also comes with plenty of active and passive safety systems that are common place on cars this size.
The Maserati standard warranty applies to the Quattroporte, which means three-years unlimited mileage cover. Most of the car’s rivals attract similar cover.
Sadly Maserati doesn’t attract the same seven-year free servicing deal as its former Fiat-Chrysler stablemate Ferrari. There are no fixed price deals either, so servicing is likely to be an expensive experience.
In this review
- 1VerdictIf you want a sporty limousine, the Maserati Quattroporte offers something distinctly different
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Quattroporte’s chassis is less than perfect for UK roads, but there’s plenty of power
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe diesel version offers impressive efficiency, and the best residual value, too
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Quattroporte has presence and you can’t deny the luxury. But its styling divides opinion
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Quattroporte offers a genuinely luxurious experience for front and rear passengers
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingWith great build quality and no reliability scares, the Quattroporte should be a safe bet