Maserati Quattroporte

The Quattroporte has changed the face of luxury saloons. Although it may be missed at first glance, the Italian firm has included quite a bit of innovation in this top notch vehicle. It has been sought out by business people looking for a car capable of embarking on long journeys without sacrificing comfort and exclusiveness.

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The Quattroporte proves that it is more than capable of meeting these demands, boasting a maximum range of 280 miles. Though it is quite heavy weighing in at more than 1800kg, the impressive 400bhp makes it possible for the rear wheel drive car to reach 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds and boasts a top speed of 171mph.

This aside, the fuel economy will suffer dramatically due to its hefty size.

The interior is elegant with leather and wood effect around the steering wheel and leather seats. The car has a long, wide body design and a low ride height. The length and width of the car gives extra space to the passengers. When pushed to its limits, the car’s electronics reconfigure the car’s settings. The gears will shift more quickly and the suspension will stiffen thanks to the intuitive Skyhook software.

Practicality

The Maserati Quattroporte is an expensive car both to buy and maintain. A high insurance grouping and poor fuel economy will cause up-keep costs to be quite high. The asking price is high enough, but the options list can be tempting.

The lengthy vehicle provides more than sufficient space to all passengers both front and rear. Four adults will fit comfortably inside with room to spare. The boot is spacious enough able to carry a few large items such as luggage. Head and legroom are plentiful so even the tallest of passengers will not complain.

The instrumentation is all logically placed and is practical. The gauges are easily read as they are large and in the driver’s line of sight. The switchgear is of high quality and has a quality feel. The audio controls are placed high on the fascia and are clearly labeled.

The front seat passengers will be the most comfortable. The seats are fully adjustable and are supportive and firm, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. Move to the rear and you will see much of the same comfort. Head and legroom are still plentiful but the seats adjust less. You can opt for heated, massaging seats for both the front and rear seats.

Getting into the Quattroporte is a bit more difficult. The seats sit low and passengers will have to stoop a bit to get in. The rear seats are slightly lower than those in the front, but they are significantly wider, making them easier to access than what you might initially think.

The Quattroporte is extremely large. With such a wide and long stance, you will want to opt for parking sensors. Visibility is decent, the turning circle is tight, steering is precise and light, but despite all of this, the dimensions of the car can get the better of even the most experienced.

Life Style

The Maserati Quattroporte is very appealing to drivers. It is able to tackle long journeys with ease. The seats are supportive and reduce driving fatigue. The car is responsive when driven both on the motorway and in town. The brakes are light as is acceleration. When cornering at high speeds, body roll is not an issue.

A family would easily fit into this car, of course that is if the car and all of its expenses can squeeze into the family’s budget. The boot is large enough to carry all the tidbits that are associated with the family life.

The Quattroporte would be horrible for a first car. If the expense alone doesn’t deter you, the dimensions surely will. It is much too large for an inexperienced driver to maneuver especially when parking.

The interior is classy, emphasizing the elite nature of the vehicle making it a desirable business car. The quality of the materials used is top-of-the-line. Everything from the leather to the plastics has a quality, durable feel to it.

Security and Safety

As far as security is concerned, the Quattroporte comes standard with rain sensing windshield wipers, anti-theft alarm, anti-lift sensor, and exterior monitoring.

When it comes to safety, the Quattroporte comes fully equipped with frontal airbags, curtain airbags, reinforced doors, seatbelt pretension, and three point seat belts.

Finishing Touches

The audio system consists of a Bosch unit with am/fm and CD capabilities. It also has a speed sensitive volume control function.

The Quattroporte comes standard with 14 way adjustable seats in the front of the cabin with a memory function for the driver and four way adjustable seats in the rear of the cabin. Both sets of seats can be heated and equipped with a massaging mechanism.

Summary

The Maserati Quattroporte boasts a good value for money, which is saying a lot considering the expensive nature of the car. It is comfortable for all occupants, including rear-seated adults. Despite poor fuel economy, the vehicle gets good range, making it attractive to business people who travel long distances.