Review: Maserati Quattroporte (2013)
Great performance from Ferrari-built petrol engines. Impressive ride quality. Effortless and relaxed at high speeds. Much more rear space than the previous model. Diesel is economical.
Interior should be better given the price tag. Steering is precise but lacks feel somewhat.
Maserati Quattroporte (2013): At A Glance
- New prices start from £74,265, brokers can source from £75,143
- Contract hire deals from £888.48 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 21–50
- On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure
While the Quattroporte name may not seem as exotic when translated into English - it simply means 'four door' - this is one high performance luxury saloon that has all the Italian flair and style you'd expect from the famous brand. Maserati has made some big changes for this generation model, with a better quality interior, more space and for the first time - crucially - a diesel engine.
The 3.0-litre V6 diesel is shared with the smaller Ghibli but has its roots as a Chrysler unit that's used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This makes the most sense for long distance drivers thanks to its claimed economy of more than 45mpg. It also means that many people will now consider the Quattroporte alongside the likes of the Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ.
While the Quattroporte diesel has strong pace, for outright performance you need to look to the top of the range GTS. Powered by a Ferrari-built 3.8-litre V8 engine, it boasts 530PS and works beautifully with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, delivering rapid yet effortless performance. All accompanied by a lovely low V8 rumble.
Thanks to adaptive dampers, the Quattroporte rides impressively 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 more sumptuous seats than before and improved rear legroom, the Quattroporte is now a serious contender in the luxury saloon market.
It's not cheap though. The diesel is priced at £70,000 give or take a few quid, while the GTS is a hefty £110,000. That's not far short of the incredible Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG. The Maserati certainly has the handling, performance and style to match the competition, but sadly it's let down somewhat by the interior.
The cabin isn't bad - far from it. Indeed the quality of the leather used on the seats and dash top is top notch, as are the various wood or carbon fibre trims available. But on closer inspection you do come across some switches that feel below par, especially for a car at this level. Similar the navigation touchscreen system isn't as sophisticated as the competition. Given the price you'd expect better.
Still, the Quattroporte is a magnificent piece of engineering and a joy to drive. It has that 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 nothing better than having a Maserati on your drive.
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Maserati Quattroporte (2013): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 530 litres
If there's one area that lets the Maserati down, it's the cabin. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the interior, but given the price tag of the Quattroporte - the GTS costs more than £100,000 - you'd expect better attention to detail. And Considering the Quattroporte is up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Jaguar XJ, the shortcomings are even more noticeable.
The problem is that for all the flair and Italian style of the exterior, the interior of the Quattroporte seems very plain. And there are areas where the quality is under par. Some of the switches feel flimsy - for instance the instrument cluster brightness control - while the single column stalk is distinctly dated and will be familiar to anyone who's driven a big Chrysler or a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The touchscreen also feels like it doesn't belongs in a car at this level. The silver plastic surround looks cheap and while the system works well, the display and menus aren't attractive. Certainly not compared to something like an Audi A8 with its advanced MMI system. Although you can at least connect your iPhone directly to it without needing a special connector.
There are plenty of positives though. This Quattroporte is far more comfortable than before with plusher seats, while the 107mm longer wheelbase means much better legroom for those sat in the back. Finally the Quattroporte is a genuine executive four seater. The driving position is perfect and there's plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering column.
The quality of the leather on the door tops and dash is also top notch while there's a lovely plush feel to the headlining. Details like the thick chrome door handles and optional high gloss carbon fibre trim add a touch of much needed style. The frameless doors are another nice touch and add to the coupe-like appearance, plus there's the trademark Maserati clock which sits in the centre of the dash.
When it comes to practicality, the Quattroporte is equal to the competition with a 530-litre boot, 20 litres more than an S-Class. It's also superbly quiet at high speeds with minimal road and wind noise, making the Quattroporte quick when you want it to be, but also very relaxing to travel in. A three seat rear bench is standard but you can chose two individual seats as an option which come with electric adjustment plus heating and ventilation.
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What's the Maserati Quattroporte (2013) like to drive?
The most sensible Quattroporte model in the range is the 3.0-litre diesel, the same engine that's used in the smaller Ghibli. It delivers an identical 275PS and plenty of pulling power with 600Nm of torque meaning strong low down performance and enough muscle for easy overtaking.
It's also the most affordable at less than £70,000 and with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 45.6mpg returns decent economy for a big car. That's not far short of an Audi A8 3.0 TDI which has less power. Thanks to a 70-litre tank you won't be spending too much time at the fuel pumps either.
Maserati has ensured the diesel sounds good, with a nice V6 engine note, while it pulls strongly through the gears meaning you're never short of performance. It's helped by the superb eight-speed automatic which comes as standard.
It has blink-of-the-eye quick shifts yet is also incredibly smooth but one criticism is the gear selector. It has a clunky operation so it's not very easy to quickly select the right gear (for instance when performing a quick three point turn) while putting it into park requires more force than you'd expect.
While the diesel has its merits, for us the Quattroporte is all about the petrol engines. The S is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 with 410PS which gives a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds but the real highlight of the range is the Quattroporte GTS.
The GTS is powered by a 3.8-litre V8. Like the V6 it's an engine that's designed by Maserati but built by Ferrari at Maranello. In fact it also powers the Ferrari California. Sitting at the top of the Quattroporte range the GTS is not cheap. It starts at just under £110,000 and that's before you've added any options.
That's more than an XJ Supersport, Audi A8 W12 and close to Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG territory. So can it compete? Well in terms of outright performance it has all the right credentials. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 4.7 seconds and it's the effortless way this is dispatched that impresses most. Maserati sums the Quattroporte up as 'elegant performance' and it's easy to see why.
The eight-speed gearbox works supremely well with the V8 engine and always manages to be in the right gear. There's instant power at any speed and the GTS will easily reach Autobahn-type speeds with minimal fuss. There's a Sport setting which increase throttle response and adds a burble to the exhaust by opening the valves when you come off the power, but it's the glorious sound of that V8 that dominates.
Unlike the smaller Ghibli, the Quattroporte has a supremely comfortable ride. That's down to adaptive dampers - which Maserati calls Skyhook - which are standard fit. These can adjust independently to deliver superb comfort or a much firmer set-up in Sport mode.
As standard the Quattroporte is rear-wheel drive and comes with a mechanical limited slip differential. As a result traction is mighty, even out of slow corners. The Quattroporte may be a big car at more than five metres long but it rarely feels it. The steering is precise too, but does lack feel - a common trait in cars this size - however it doesn't detract from the overall driving experience.
And it really is an experience. The GTS is a joy to drive, whether you're pottering along in town, on the motorway or out on an enjoyably twisting road.
|3.0||25 mpg||5.5 s||259–260 g/km|
|3.0 D||26–46 mpg||4.7–6.4 s||163–250 g/km|
|3.0 S||29 mpg||5.0 s||223 g/km|
|3.0 V6||27–38 mpg||4.9–6.4 s||163–244 g/km|
|3.8 V8||24–26 mpg||4.7 s||250–274 g/km|
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