Can The Maserati Quattroporte Lure You Away From The Germans?

The Maserati Quattroporte manages to distinguish itself in a segment dominated by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar and Lexus with an elegant exterior design that was updated in 2016, four years after the introduction of the sixth generation.

Changes are quite subtle, with the Italian automaker redesigning the grille, bumpers, side skirts and mirrors. The typical styling has thus been preserved and, for a seven year-old car, which is a quite a bit these days, the Quattroporte still manages to turn heads.

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Fortunately, bystanders will only catch a glimpse of the cabin, and that’s because it feels outdated. Clients won’t be treated to the modern technology features found in its rivals, but they will be surrounded by plenty of plush materials and wooden trim. Space in the back seat is very generous and if being chauffeured is a must, then so is the executive seating package, which is an optional extra that costs about $4,000, adding climate controls, power sun shades, lots of storage areas and a couple of comfortable seats.

Speaking of pricing, the 2019 Quattroporte starts at $107,980, or $16,730 more than the base Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The S Q4 mid-range is available from $113,680 and the range-topping GTS gets a $138,980 sticker price. The two lesser models pack a 3.0-liter V6 with 424 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque, whereas the GTS uses a 3.8-liter V8 with 523 hp and 524 lb-ft (710 Nm) of torque.

The only grade that packs an all-wheel drive system is the mid-spec S Q4, which is the one put to the test by TestDriveNow. Their car was optioned with the new tri-coat paint and several extras such as a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, lifting the price to over $137,000.

Paying a six-digit sum for a luxury sedan means that customers have high expectations from it. But is there anything else to like about the 2019 Quattroporte, other than the sleek styling, Ferrari-built engines and the fact that there, unlike other offerings in the segment, there are slim chances of encountering another one on the road?


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  • Bash

    There was a time. But now, no, this thing is a dinosaur.

    • Mike anonymous

      The First Generation Is My Personal Favorite Generation Of The Beauty. I Believe the issue with the current generation was/is not its’ age, but more so the time at which it was released.
      When this current generation came out Mercedes was still selling the revised version of the 2007 S-Class, & BMW Has only recently revealed their new 7-Series luxury sedan.

      I believe the main problem was this generation was less so how long its’ been on the market, but more so the time at which it came out (it was at the top of its’ class, but was soon out-shinned by the ‘next’/current generation of vehicles from many other automakers).This generation was a nice update to the previous generation but I believe it was released during (in my opinion) not the very greatest time within its’ particular section of the automotive market. Here is to hoping they are ready to get the next generation right and help return the automaker to the Ferrari, Bentley, and high-luxury level of status it once held.
      P.S. ~ (I would love to see a more ‘organic’ styling/design return to the vehicle as well, but that is just me).

      • Jason Panamera

        Maserati is all about emotions. They have to focus on them again if they want Quattroporte and Ghibli to be competitive.

      • Bash

        Sir Mike, I salute you and I lift my hat for you. Thank you for enriching the article with your ideas, thoughts and facts.

      • Matteo Tommasi

        That isn’t the first gen.
        First gen came out in 1963

      • europeon

        What you call “first generation” is actually the fifth. So much for you passing as knowledgeable.

        • Mike anonymous

          If you want to talk about ‘of all time’ the (actual) ‘gen-1’ of the 60s’ was my second personal favorite. I was referring to it as the ‘first generation’ of this century. (I though that was implied considering I only mentioned this variations released in the last 19/20 years.)

    • europeon

      As I said in my previous comment. The current Mercedes S-Klassee, the W222, was released half a year before the M156 QP. The G1x 7-series just a year later.

      By the same standards, they’re dinosaurs too, right?

      • Bash

        Thats fine, you may be right from structure point of view or most of the underpinning components, but the amount of refresh these models been thru over the time is so clear and obvious, whereas this Quattroporte -although its a fantastic car- it remains largly the same car inside out.

        • europeon

          Uhm… Why are you talking if you don’t know the first thing about the car?
          It had one exterior and two interior facelifts. They also added tons of tech, including switching from hydraulic power steering to electric just to add driving assist features.

  • SamBamm

    It turns heads because it is so vintage

    • Bo Hanan

      Vintage = old (and not the good kind).

  • StrangerGP

    Maserati’s main problem is the pricing, you’re paying a lot more than for a Mercedes and you don’t really see where that money is going. Reliability, luxury and technical innovations are way behind cheaper (premium) competition. Even the performance is not outstanding although Maserati’s sound way better than the German rivals.

    • PK

      umm amg????

  • RoseFlorida

    I have an eleven year old Quattroporte. It is still a stunning looking car, and its overall styling has influenced many later cars. Unfortunately the slight changes to update the look really took away from the very special design. I don’t know about the interiors of the new models feeling “dated”. Some of us don’t care about push button starters or TV screens in our dashboards that look like ugly tablets, with significant height (rather than low profile with more width). I haven’t purchased a new one yet because I think my exterior and interior are better looking than the new ones. Besides I don’t need the extra limo room they introduced specifically for the Chinese market. I have had very good luck with reliability. I got rid of my truck and my appliance car, so it is my daily driver. Wonderful pleasure to drive.

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  • Mr. EP9

    When it was new, maybe. Now? The answer is no because this thing is ancient. It still looks good though.

    • europeon

      The W222 S-Klasse is just as old. In fact, it was released more than half a year before the M156 QP.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Americans give tratment of enemy for italian cars!!!

  • EyalN

    you better get a dodge charger with 707hp that share parts with the maserati and even the same multimedia

    • europeon

      They don’t share parts. This has been discussed and proven over and over again, yet people don’t seem to understand.

  • botornot387

    probably the least likely purchase in this class i would ever make. such a difference from the first generation car which still looks good today. Even ferrari engines can’t gloss over poor execution. The zegna interior cars are nicer to look at, but you can dial up the interiors on all the germans. Hell i would take the Jag XJR over this

  • designer_dick

    Can The Maserati Quattroporte Lure You Away From The Germans? Honestly, no. lt gives off the impression of being a gussied up Chrysler product rather than a real premium luxury offering. I think it would have trouble luring most people away from the older, but better executed Jaguar XJ.

    • europeon

      Yet Maserati “lures” more than 50k people every year. Hell, I’m on my second one.

  • Six_Tymes

    I had a ride in one, the ride was for 3 hours, it was fabulous. shame people hate on it, and they have never driven or even sat in one before.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    I’ll take a Lexus LS 500. Beautiful quality, thoroughly striking modern styling and unique Japanese style interior, esp with those glass inserts

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