Maserati Quattroporte (2013) Review

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Maserati Quattroporte (2013) At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Maserati Quattroporte brought a sporting side to the luxury car market long before anyone else.

+Great performance from Ferrari-built petrol engines, impressive ride quality, effortless and relaxed at high speeds, much more rear space than the previous model.

-Interior should be better given the price tag, steering is precise but lacks feel somewhat.

New prices start from £74,265
Insurance Groups are between 21–50
On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

The current Quattroporte has a pedigree few can rival and it’s backed up by sleek looks and a cabin with plenty of space and lots of style. Even so, Maserati still has to play it sensible in a sector where cost remains a consideration, so the V8 motor has been dropped. However, you can still enjoy 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds with the twin-turbo 3.0 V6 petrol motor. The Quattroporte is also surprisingly keenly priced for something so exclusive.

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Maserati’s Quattroporte name doesn’t sound as exotic when translated into English, simply meaning 'four door'. Yet, this is one high performance luxury saloon that has all the Italian charisma and style you'd expect from the famous brand. Maserati has made some big changes for this generation of its luxury saloon, with a better quality interior, more space and, for the first time, a diesel engine.

The 3.0-litre V6 diesel is shared with the smaller Ghibli but has its roots as a Chrysler unit from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Despite these more modest beginnings, this engine makes the most sense for long distance drivers thanks to its claimed economy of 35.8mpg. It also means that many people can consider the Quattroporte alongside the likes of the Jaguar XJ and Porsche Panamera.

While the Quattroporte diesel has strong pace, for outright performance you need to look to the petrol-powered models for the full-on Maserati experience. The Ferrari-built V8 has been dropped from the line-up in the UK and Europe as it’s simply too thirsty, dirty and expensive, but it does continue to be offered in the USA.

What you can pick from, instead, is a pair of 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol motors. They offer 350PS in the standard car or 430PS with the Quattroporte S.

That’s a boost of 20PS from what this engine started with when the car was launched back in 2013 and it’s enough to see this two-tonne luxury motor from rest to 62mph in 5.0 seconds flat. It will also carry it on to a top speed of 179mph, so you’re hardly going to feel short-changed at not having a V8 motor to choose.

Thanks to adaptive dampers, the Quattroporte rides 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 sumptuous seats and ample legroom in the back thanks to a wheelbase that’s even lengthier than a Jaguar XJ long wheelbase model, the Quattroporte is a serious contender in the luxury saloon market for those that like being chauffeured.

Ask Honest John

A car I agreed to buy has been misfuelled by the dealer - should I negotiate a discount or just reject it?
"I have agreed a deal on a used Maserati Quattroporte Diesel and paid a £1000 deposit (to hold the car until collection) part of the deal was a full MoT. While taking it to the MoT, the driver put £20 of petrol into the tank and started the car - within moments it was switched off but having run it for 30 seconds or two minutes the petrol will have potentially affected the fuel pump and injectors. The dealer phoned and advised me that this has happened and that they are sending the fuel pump and injectors away for pressure testing and obviously changing all the filters and they suggest a DPF removal and clean as well. Do I accept the car in full working order, reject it and walk away or try and negotiate a lower price?"
They have been honest with you. And there may not be a problem. But if there is a problem and you bought the car knowing there could be a problem you do not have the automatic right of a refund or of compelling the dealer to fix the car. So the safest thing for you to do is to ask for your deposit back and to walk away.
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Which luxury car offers reliability and quiet running?
"The time has arrived when I would like to treat myself to a bit of luxurious motoring. I want a comfortable, quiet, reliable saloon car, up to £25,000. Fuel economy is not an issue as I do not do many miles. My short list comprises: Jaguar XF or XJ, Mercedes S-Class or Volkswagen Phaeton. What are your thought on these options. Would you throw anything else into the mix?"
Current shape XJs start at £25,000 retail for a 2009, so you are in with a shout. XF 3.0 275 diesels are easier to find, but there will be confusion with the 240 diesel. 5.0 V8s are great fun to drive and are going cheap. I'm more of a fan of them than of the Phaeton, but a Phaeton is still a lot of car that not many people want, so for not much money (the Bentley Continental is based on it). There is always a market for W221 S-Class diesels. There's even one of them in my local station taxi rank. They seem to have had fewer problems than the previous W220 S-Class. Don’t forget Audi A8s. Most exotic in this class is probably a Maserati Quattroporte.
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