2020 Maserati Quattroporte

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Review: Still Classy

by Karl Furlong

Like many other cars that have come out of Italy, the Maserati Quattroporte is a large luxury sedan that trades some of the quality and technology of its German rivals for styling flair and an engaging driving experience. The question for the Quattroporte has always been whether it has enough substance to go with its undeniable desirability, and, seven years after its launch, we're afraid not. Mercedes-Benz continues to lead the way in this segment with its S-Class, and a heavily revised BMW 7 Series, along with the Audi A8, all offer more polish and quality than the Quattroporte. If you can look past the Maserati's cheaper cabin materials, the comparatively small infotainment screen, and a price/performance ratio that is outclassed, then you'll enjoy this luxury sedan for its crisp handling, delicious engine note from the available 523-hp V8, and its exotic looks. You'll just have to make peace with the fact that there are ultimately better luxury cars out there.

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Quattroporte?

In a sense, you've got to admire the nonchalant confidence of Italian manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. While BMW and Audi scamper to make annual improvements to its models' trims, feature availability, and more, Maserati is content to leave the Quattroporte on the market for well over half a decade without many major revisions. That carries through to 2020, where you still have a choice of twin-turbo V6 or V8 engines, along with available all-wheel-drive. Maserati has made a few small adjustments to feature availability, though - the base model now has a power rear sunblind and soft-close doors as extra standard equipment. All models now benefit from a wider range of standard driver aids like adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, forward collision warning, and traffic sign recognition. Perhaps the most significant change is a surprising drop in price - the base Quattroporte S now dips below the six-figure mark to $99,490, down from last year's price of $107,980.

Pros and Cons

  • Stunning design stands out in the luxury sedan class
  • Sweet-sounding V6 and V8 engines
  • Dynamically engaging
  • Beautiful cabin design with some appealing materials
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Addition of several useful driver safety aids
  • Reduced price for 2020
  • Overall, interior lacks the solidity of an S-Class or 7 Series
  • Too many visible cheap plastics
  • On bigger wheels, ride is too firm
  • Fast, but not as fast as competitors

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$99,490
S Q4
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$103,990
S GranLusso
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$106,490
S GranSport
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$106,490
S Q4 GranLusso
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$110,990

Quattroporte Exterior

It's here that the Quattroporte leaves the competition with bloody noses. Searching for a bad angle on this car is a futile exercise - from the signature grille to the Maserati side air ducts and large exhaust outlets, it looks as good as it did at launch. The base model gets 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive full LED headlamps, a power sunroof, and Chromeline exterior trim. The distinctive GranLusso adds luxury touches like a chrome front fascia insert and 20-inch wheels, while the GranSport upgrade introduces its own 20-inch wheel design, gloss red-painted brake calipers, and a sportier look to the front and rear bumpers.

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Front View Driving Maserati
2020 Maserati Quattroporte Front Angle View Maserati
2020 Maserati Quattroporte Front Angle View 1 Maserati
See All 2020 Maserati Quattroporte Exterior Photos

Dimensions

Longer but lower than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Quattroporte has a length of 207.2 inches, a width of 76.7 inches (82.7 inches including the side mirrors), and a height of 58.3 inches. The wheelbase measures 124.8 inches, just 0.2 inches longer than that of the S-Class. The Maserati's curb weight varies between 4,101 pounds for the base model to 4,234 lbs for the S Q4 with all-wheel-drive. By comparison, a base S-Class tips the scales at a heftier 4,542 lbs.

  • Length 207.2 in
  • Wheelbase 124.8 in
  • Height 58.3 in
  • Max Width 76.7 in
  • Front Width 64.3 in
  • Rear Width 64.8 in

Exterior Colors

On all models, you can choose from a selection of nine colors. The two non-metallics are Nero (black) and Bianco (white). The metallic shades comprise Nero Ribelle, Grigio Maratea ($1,000 extra), Grigio, Blue Passione, Rosso Folgore (an especially decadent deep red), Bianco Alpi ($2,950), and Blu Nobile ($2,950). Like us, you'll probably have a tough time deciding which color looks best, as this is one of the few cars that looks gorgeous even in plain white. Given the choice, we'd say that the darker metallic shades create the most memorable impression.

  • Bronzo Siena Metallescent
  • Bianco Alpi Tri-Coat
  • Blue Nobile Tri-Coat
  • Nero
  • Bianco
  • Nero Ribelle Metallic
  • Grigio Maratea Metallic
  • Grigio Metallic
  • Blue Passione Metallic
  • Rosso Folgore Metallic
  • Rosso Potente Tri-Coat

Quattroporte Performance

The Quattroporte is motivated by a choice of two gas engines: a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 424 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque, or a more powerful 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 523 hp and 524 lb-ft. Both engines feature direct-engine, but only the V6 model can be paired with all-wheel-drive; all other versions send power to the rear wheels exclusively.

The RWD V6 will hit 60 mph in five seconds on its way to a maximum speed of 179 mph. When equipped with AWD, the 0-60 mph time drops to 4.8 seconds. The GTS model is equipped with the V8 engine and RWD and will accomplish the benchmark sprint in 4.7 seconds, making it the fastest model in the range - if only just. While the Quattroporte is by no means slow, it's outclassed by its German competition. The BMW 750i xDrive, for instance, takes just 3.9 seconds to whizz from 0-60, yet it costs less than all but the base V6 Quattroporte.

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Front View Driving 1 Maserati
2020 Maserati Quattroporte Rear View Driving Maserati
2020 Maserati Quattroporte Engine Maserati

Engine and Transmission

Two twin-turbocharged engines are available for the luxurious Quattroporte and, although out-muscled by competitors, both sing a sweet tune. The 3.0-liter V6 delivers 424 hp and 428 lb-ft, while the 3.8-liter V8 trounces these outputs with 523 hp and 524 lb-ft. In both cases, the engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base V6 features RWD, but the S Q4 gets AWD, while the V8-only GTS is only available with RWD.

Developed by Maserati in collaboration with Ferrari, what these engines lack in outright grunt (if only compared to the competition), they make up for with their emotive soundtracks. Taking both of these units to the red line is a joyous experience, especially when you realize you're doing it in a large, comfortable sedan. Throttle response is good and passing power is ample, and flicking over to Sport mode in the V8 gives you full access to the engine's theatrics. Last year, the Quattroporte received a redesigned shifter lever and it provides quick access to one of five shift modes. In Manual Sport, you can chase the red line until you're ready to upshift, and in general, the gearbox responds smoothly and quickly depending on changing conditions - no surprise, really, considering ZF's transmission expertise.

  • Engines
    3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 3.8-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Quattroporte's firm suspension setup can initially come as a surprise to buyers used to the floaty sensation typical of large luxury sedans, but the reward for it is a truly dynamic sedan that belies its size when the road starts to twist. The steering is well-weighted and isn't shy to transmit feedback to the driver, an increasing rarity in this segment and in modern cars generally. The Q4 version's intelligent all-wheel-drive system provides even more traction, but only when needed: in normal driving, 100 percent of the available torque is sent to the rear wheels, but a 50:50 distribution between the front and rear wheels is possible if conditions demand it.

While not as silky smooth as an S-Class or BMW 7 Series, the Quattroporte still manages a comfortable ride quality and soaks up the worst bumps and imperfections. It's not perfect, though, as the Maserati's chassis sometimes wriggles when the Mercedes would be totally unruffled. That said, the firm set up - together with the throaty engine tone - combine for a much sportier drive than both of these rivals, which gives it a spark that's often lacking in full-size luxury sedans. Whichever model you opt for, you also get the Skyhook performance suspension with electronic dampers, allowing for greater control of the car's behavior such as enhanced comfort on long trips.

Quattroporte Gas Mileage

The Quattroporte isn't the most fuel-efficient vehicle in this segment, with rivals like the BMW 7 Series capable of a combined 24 miles-per-gallon in a mix of city/highway driving. By comparison, the most efficient Quattroporte is the RWD V6 with estimates of 17/24/19 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. The V6 with AWD sees these numbers drop to 16/23/18 mpg, while the V8 returns just 15/22/17 mpg. On a 21.1-gallon tankful of premium gasoline, the V6 with RWD will manage a combined cruising range in the region of 400 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.1 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 17/24 mpg
* 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S 3.0L

Quattroporte Interior

Like the exterior, the Quattroporte's cabin is attractively styled and is available in a range of flamboyant trims and shades of leather. The quality is a mixed bag, though, with premium leather and genuine wood trim undone by areas of hard plastic that are simply out of place in a car of this price. There will be few complaints about space, however, as both front and rear passengers will appreciate the amount of legroom on offer. There's also a user-friendly infotainment system that can be operated easily on the move, not something that is a given these days. Heated front seats with power-adjustment, soft-close doors, and a power rear sunblind are a few of the standard features, while additional driver aids like adaptive cruise control are thankfully included in the base price too.

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Dashboard Maserati
2020 Maserati Quattroporte Front Seats Maserati
2020 Maserati Quattroporte Gear Shifter Maserati
See All 2020 Maserati Quattroporte Interior Photos

Seating and Interior Space

Its long body has been put to good use here, with the Quattroporte's interior providing spacious room for five. The headroom and legroom are excellent for all but the middle rear-seat passenger, who will have to contend with a rather large hump on the floor. The driver's seat has plenty of adjustment in it to help find a suitable driving position. However, the high-set dashboard does create a feeling of needing to peer over it, especially for shorter drivers, and, as a result, the steering wheel doesn't drop down low enough for everyone's taste. There are no issues with visibility, and the front view is made clearer thanks to slim A-pillars. Likewise, ingress and egress are simple.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The base Quattroporte features extended leather upholstery, while upgrading to the GranLusso adds the brand's Ermenegildo Zegna silk and leather upholstery for a truly luxurious atmosphere in the cabin. The GranSport also gets leather but adds front sport seats to the package. Interior colors range from the more traditional Nero, Cuoio, and Sabbia, to leather with contrast stitching in shades like Rosso, or dark Nero with distinctive Rosso stitching. On the base Quattroporte S and select other models, upgrading to premium perforated leather upholstery costs $4,000. In the GranLusso, the striking Zegna seats are available in color combinations like Nero/Grigio and Rosso/Grigio. Available interior trim includes high gloss piano black wood, Ebano wood, and carbon-fiber. An Alcantara headliner and pillars can also be ordered at extra cost. Overall, there's plenty of choice on offer to create an interior that suits your taste.

Quattroporte Trunk and Cargo Space

Pop open the trunk lid and you'll find 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space back there. This is one of the more spacious trunks you'll find in a regular sedan and is right up there with the BMW 7 Series. Two large suitcases will fit with room to spare, and you can increase overall cargo capacity by folding down the 60/40-split rear seats.

Along with the regular glovebox (which is also electronically lockable), there are door pockets (although they're on the small side), a center storage compartment with twin cupholders, and more storage for the rear passengers within the fold-down central armrest for stashing smaller items.

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Front Angle View 2 Maserati
2020 Maserati Quattroporte Rear Angle View Maserati
2020 Maserati Quattroporte Rear Angle View 1 Maserati
  • Trunk Volume
    18.7 ft³

Quattroporte Infotainment and Features

Features

A Mercedes S-Class may ultimately offer more gadgetry, but the Quattroporte gets most of the luxuries you'd expect in a premium large sedan. On the base model, features encompass 12-way power front seats with driver memory settings, a power sunroof, power rear side sunblinds, ambient night lighting, soft-close doors, extended keyless entry (including the rear doors) and dual-zone automatic climate control. For added convenience, there is a hands-free power trunk lid with a kick sensor. There's also more safety gear than before with standard front/rear parking sensors, blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera. Select trims offer feature upgrades like ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

Infotainment

The Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) infotainment system isn't as glitzy as the latest Mercedes and BMW systems, but it ticks a crucial box: it's painless to figure out and operate. The system makes use of an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with rotary control and integrates features like navigation, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, SiriusXM satellite radio with a one-year trial subscription, plus both Apple CarPlay (with Siri personal assistant) and Android Auto. The seven-inch multi-function display within the instrument cluster provides more driver information. The sound system is a ten-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon premium unit that offers rich sound reproduction. For an added cost, a 1,280-watt Bowers and Wilkins surround-sound system is available.

Quattroporte Problems and Reliability

While 2020 and 2019 model year Quattroporte models have not had any reported issues, the 2018 model saw two recalls issued by the NHTSA. The first was for a potential fuel leak within the engine compartment that could increase the risk of a fire. Following this, the Quattroporte was recalled with other Maserati models like the Ghibli for incomplete sub-frame welds that could fracture and lead to a loss of vehicle control.

The Quattroporte is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile warranty which includes corrosion protection and a powertrain warranty, along with roadside assistance.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

Quattroporte Safety

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has evaluated the Quattroporte for crashworthiness, as is the case with many other full-size luxury sedans. The smaller Maserati Ghibli did, however, perform well when tested by the IIHS and the Quattroporte should follow suit. It also helps that the Quattroporte has more standard driver safety aids than before.

Key Safety Features

The Quattroporte range is now a lot more competitive on the safety front thanks to an improvement in the standard specification. From the base model up, you get Maserati's Stability Program, which includes acceleration slip regulation. Other features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, tire pressure monitoring, and a full suite of airbags.

The list of driver safety aids has grown and now includes pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, active blind-spot assist, forward collision warning with advanced brake assist and autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, and a surround-view camera system.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte a good car?

Although it has been around for some time, the Maserati Quattroporte still enamors with its exotic looks and charismatic driving experience. Inside and out, it looks and feels like something different from the mainstream and, for many, that exclusivity counts for a lot. The twin-turbo V6 and V8 engines provide strong performance and stirring soundtracks, but there's more muscle on offer in a Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series. Neither of those cars are quite as fun as the Quattroporte, but they do a better job of shielding occupants from noise and bumps. They also trump the Quattroporte for overall sophistication, available safety features, build integrity, bang for your buck, and for posh rear-seat comfort. Those are lots of wins in favor of the Germans, but the Maserati will continue to win over a small group of buyers who tend to shop with their hearts and not their heads.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte?

Although less expensive than before, the Quattroporte still demands a premium over the German competition. The range starts off with the Quattroporte S at $99,490, a full $8,490 less expensive than the 2019 model. Next is the S Q4 at $103,990 followed by the S GranLusso and S GranSport, both of which cost $106,490. The S Q4 GranLusso and S Q4 GranSport are both $110,990, while the range is topped by two models: the GTS GranLusso and GTS GranSport at $124,990 each. These prices all exclude tax, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $1,995.

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Models

A total of eight models are available within the Quattroporte range and are distinguished either by output/drivetrain (S, S Q4, and GTS) and/or features (base, GranLusso, and GranSport). Therefore, the range comprises the S, S GranLusso, S GranSport, S Q4, S Q4 GranLusso, S Q4 GranSport, GTS GranLusso, and GTS GranSport.

The base S model is fitted with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with its outputs of 424 hp and 428 lb-ft and is rear-wheel-drive. It gets standard features like 19-inch wheels, adaptive full LED headlights, a power sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery with 12-way power front seats, dual-zone climate control, a ten-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, the MTC+ infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, and forward collision warning. The S GranLusso includes all of these features but adds Ermenegildo Zegna silk and leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, a chrome front fascia insert, and ventilated front seats. The S GranSport gets a more athletic look with unique front and rear fascias, its own 20-inch wheel design, and sport front seats.

Moving up to the S Q4 maintains the V6 engine but adds the Q4 intelligent AWD system with active torque control, along with a front active differential. This model also gets heated rear seats. The GranLusso and GranSport versions of the S Q4 match the features count of the S GranLusso and S GranSport.

Finally, there's the V8-powered GTS with its 3.8-liter engine pumping out 523 hp and 524 lb-ft and sending power to the rear wheels. The GTS includes either the GranLusso or GranSport upgrades by default and that means you get features like power-adjustable foot pedals, heated and ventilated front seats, gloss painted brake calipers in either black (GranLusso) or red (GranSport), and 20-inch alloy wheels.

See All 2020 Maserati Quattroporte Trims and Specs

Additional Packages

Maserati provides a fairly comprehensive range of optional extras that go beyond the GranLusso and GranSport trims' upgrades. On the S and S Q4 models, the Nerissimo Package costs $1,900 and adds several dark exterior trim elements to the exterior such as dark LED headlamps and black window surrounds. On these variants, you can also specify power-adjustable pedals for $400, aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters for $550, and four-zone climate control at $1,500.

Further up the range, the availability and cost of optional extras are different. For instance, on the GranLusso, you can get folding rear tables for $2,500 and sumptuous executive rear seats for $4,000 (these dual individual rear seats have heating, ventilation, and a folding armrest with a cooled storage area). On GranSport models, there's an interior carbon fiber package at $2,600 and a full carbon fiber exterior kit for $3,000. An even more exclusive Nerissimo exterior carbon fiber package is available. Regardless of which trim you go for, the Bowers and Wilkins surround-sound system costs $2,000.

🚗What Maserati Quattroporte Model Should I Buy?

The twin-turbo V8 engine in the GTS is an absolute gem. Not that there's anything wrong with the V6, but the V8 provides close to the level of performance we expect in a modern luxury car. With that out of the way, we'd need to choose between either the GranLusso or GranSport trims. If pushed for a choice between the two, we'd go with the GranSport because, if we're being honest, the Quattroporte isn't trying to be an S-Class. It feels like a sports car with two extra doors and a touch more luxury; the combination of that wonderful V8 and the GranSport's tasty upgrades like sport front seats works for us. We'd also be tempted to go for the upgraded audio system, but otherwise, the GranSport is well-equipped straight out of the box.

Check out other Maserati Quattroporte Styles

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Comparisons

Maserati Ghibli
Porsche Panamera Porsche
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Maserati Quattroporte424 hp17/24 mpg$99,490
Maserati Ghibli 345 hp17/24 mpg$69,490
Porsche Panamera 330 hp19/27 mpg$87,200

2020 Maserati Quattroporte vs Maserati Ghibli

The Ghibli is the smaller four-door luxury sedan in the Maserati range. Starting at around $30,000 less than the base Quattroporte, that gets you a 345-hp twin-turbo V6 engine, 12-way power front seats, and soft-close doors. Overall performance will see a bit of a drop relative to the more powerful base Quattroporte, but it's not too far behind. You could also go for the range-topping Ghibli S Q4 GranSport or GranLusso, with their 424-hp V6 engine, and still save quite a bit over the Quattroporte. Both sedans are joyful driving companions and have gorgeous lines, but the larger Quattroporte will, of course, allow you to make more of an entrance. The larger sedan is also available with a V8 engine option, whereas the Ghibli only gets a pair of V6s. Both the Ghibli and Quattroporte lose out to their German rivals for quality and technology, but if your heart is set on one of these Italians, the Ghibli still feels special despite its more attainable price.

See Maserati Ghibli Review

2020 Maserati Quattroporte vs Porsche Panamera

Both the Quattroporte and the Panamera are left-field alternatives in this segment: the Maserati simply because of its thoroughly unique design, and the Porsche because of its hatchback-like body style and the brand's positioning as a maker of involving sports cars. The broader Panamera range starts off below the Quattroporte price-wise, extending all the way up to the breathtaking Turbo that will leave the Quattroporte for dead in a drag race. Although the Maserati is fun to drive, Porsche has tuned the Panamera to be a near-perfect blend of comfort, refinement, and exceptional control. The high-tech Panamera's interior feels much more modern than the Quattroporte's, although it's the Italian car that has the easier-to-use infotainment interface. If style matters to you, then the Quattroporte is likely to find favor as the Panamera still looks odd and bloated from certain angles. But, if you like the Panamera's overall look, it's the luxury car with the wider spread of talents.

See Porsche Panamera Review

Maserati Quattroporte Popular Comparisons

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Video Review

Check out some informative Maserati Quattroporte video reviews below.

$99,490 - $124,990
Price Range (MSRP)
Maserati Quattroporte