Maserati Quattroporte M156 (2013–present): Review, Problems, Specs

The sixth-generation of Maserati's flagship sedan, the Quattroporte, launched in 2013 almost simultaneously with the smaller Ghibli. While the two models share much of the mechanical hardware, the Quattroporte remains the one to have if you want to own the best of Maserati. The big sedan's highlights are obviously its stylish Italian looks, the sweet chassis, and the thundering sound of its twin-turbocharged engines – especially the V8. The luxurious interior is better built than its predecessor and is closer to the standard set by German competitors, just don't expect German reliability from the Quattroporte.


Pros & Cons
Strong Points

Pros


Strong Points
  • Distinctive design
  • Fun to drive
  • The sound of the twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine
  • The feeling of exclusivity
  • Stylish, roomy interior

Recommended Versions
Strong Points

Cons


Weak Points
  • Ride is too harsh on sportier versions
  • Mediocre fuel economy (gasoline models)
  • Steering lacks feedback
  • More expensive than mainstream competitors
  • Less high-tech safety features than its rivals

Stay Away From
  • Models fitted with 20- and 21-inch wheels (they ruin the ride)
Strong Points

Attention


Known Problems & Recalls
  • Certain 2014-2016 model year Maserati Quattroporte vehicles were recalled in March 2016 to replace the driver-side floor mat and possibly the accelerator pedal cover. On these vehicles, the floor mat anchor may break allowing the floor mat to move and get trapped between the accelerator pedal and vehicle carpet
  • Maserati recalled some 2014-2015 model year Quattroporte sedans in October 2014 to replace the fuel delivery line
  • Some 2014 Quattroporte GTS V8 vehicles were recalled in October 2015 to verify the starter motor cable assembly and replace it if necessary
  • Maserati recalled certain 2014 model year Quattroporte GTS V8 vehicles in November 2013 to replace the alternator-starter wiring harness
Car Details
Powertrain

The 2016 Maserati Quattroporte offers two gasoline engine choices in the United States: a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 unit with 404 hp (also available with all-wheel drive) and a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 523 hp. In Europe, Maserati also sells a diesel-powered Quattroporte motivated by a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that delivers 275 PS (271 hp). All engines are linked to the excellent 8-speed automatic transmission from ZF. There's no shortage of power and thrills on any of these units, but the V8 found in the Quattroporte GTS is the real deal.


Handling

Without a doubt, the Maserati Quattroporte offers a more exhilarating driving experience than any other full-size luxury sedan. The Ferrari-tuned chassis and engines help provide a great experience for the driver. The Quattroporte is quick through corners, with body roll posing less of a problem than one would expect from such a big car. The steering is quite vague, though, but becomes more responsive in "Sport" mode, which also sharpens the transmission's response and hardens the adaptive suspension for dynamic driving. The GTS offers the best dynamic experience, but the harsh suspension is not ideal for everyday driving.


Safety

The Italian luxury sedan hasn't been assessed by neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS. Europe's safety assessment organization Euro NCAP hasn't crash-tested the Quattroporte either. You should be safe enough in the Quattroporte, though, as standard safety features include traction and stability control, ABS, front airbags, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. A blind-spot monitoring system is standard on all trims minus the base Quattroporte S, but the Italian sedan lacks many advanced safety features compared to its rivals.

Comfort

The Maserati Quattroporte is not the most comfortable luxury sedan on sale today, but as long as you stick to smaller-sized wheels and V6-powered models the ride is supple enough and provides a proper balance between comfort and handling. We don't recommend the V8-powered Quattroporte GTS if you don't like to be shaken when driving over road imperfections because it comes with a firmer suspension and larger wheels as standard. The dials and instruments are easy to read while standard features such as the leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and power adjustments contribute to a pleasant experience.


Quality

The interior is stylish and features high-quality leather and wood trim, as well as stylish color combinations. Unlike newer competitors, the Quattroporte sticks to analog gauges, but also gets a 7-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster and an 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center console. The problem is that the larger display is sourced from Chrysler, as are many of the buttons and switches around the cabin. That's not what one would expect from a $100,000 luxury sedan. Overall build quality is not quite on par with German competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series.


Practicality

The Quattroporte's flowing, sensual curves hide a spacious interior. Whether as a five-seater (standard) or four-seater (optional), the cabin offers ample space all around. Passengers sitting in the back enjoy enormous amounts of legroom and headroom. The seats provide a good level of comfort and support but aren't as soft as those found in some rival models. As for the trunk, it has a generous capacity of 18.7 cubic feet, which is significantly bigger than that of the S-Class (16.3 cubic feet).


Infotainment

The graphics of the 8.4-inch touchscreen look outdated compared to the segment's standards. That's because it's related to infotainment systems used in the Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The interface is easy to use, although its response is slower compared to newer systems. Nevertheless, it is an improvement over previous versions from Maserati and one of the better units out there when it comes to usability and features.

Efficiency

While the typical Maserati Quattroporte customer is not interested in fuel economy figures, the automaker offers a diesel engine as well – not available in North America, though. It is the most economical variant, with an official average consumption of 6.2 l/100 km (equivalent to 37.9 mpg US). Both gasoline V6 biturbo versions (rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive) return 18 mpg combined (16 mpg city/23 mpg highway). With 17 mpg combined, 15 mpg city, and 22 mpg highway the V8 is the least fuel efficient version, but the difference over the V6 is insignificant.


Equipment

There are three grades to choose from in the United States: S, S Q4, and GTS. Even in standard configuration, the Quattroporte comes loaded with everything one would expect from a full-size luxury sedan. Things you see from the outside on the Quattroporte S include adaptive automatic xenon headlights, LED DRLs and taillights, 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, an electronically adjustable suspension, and front/rear parking sensors, among other things. Inside, the base Quattroporte model features automatic climate control, heated 12-way power seats, navigation, a rearview camera, a Harman Kardon 10-speaker audio system and more.


Acquisition

The base 2016 Maserati Quattroporte S starts from $99,900 in the United States, excluding the destination charge. The Quattroporte S Q4, which adds all-wheel drive, shift paddles, heated rear seats, a power trunk lid, blind-spot monitor, and a power rear sunshade, starts at $107,900. The range-topping, V8-powered Quattroporte GTS adds 20-inch wheels, power-adjustable pedals, a faux-suede headliner, as well as unique styling and trim upgrades for an MSRP of $141,500. The Quattroporte is not cheaper than rivals from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, not to mention that it loses value much quicker. But there aren't that many cars that provide the same sense of occasion as the Quattroporte.

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