Maserati Quattroporte (2013) Review
Maserati Quattroporte (2013) At A Glance
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.