2021 Maserati Quattroporte

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Review: Still Classy

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, eight years after its launch, we're afraid not. Mercedes-Benz leads the way in this segment with its brand-new W223 S-Class being a technological tour de force, cementing its position as the luxury-sedan champion. A heavily revised BMW 7 Series, along with the Audi A8, also offer more polish and quality than the Quattroporte. If you can look past the Maserati's cheaper cabin materials and a price/performance ratio that is outclassed, then you'll enjoy this luxury sedan for its crisp handling and its exotic looks. You'll just have to make peace with the fact that there are ultimately better luxury cars out there.

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Maserati Quattroporte?

Not much has changed for 2021, with the slightly rejigged twin-turbo V6 models getting detail changes and the 523-horsepower V8 GTS falling away and being replaced with the new dramatic new 580-hp Trofeo flagship, which we review separately. The 'normal' V6 models reviewed here are still called the Quattroporte S and S Q4, but prices have risen, with the range now starting at an MSRP of $104,890, more than $5,000 up on last year. The more expensive S Q4 GranLusso and GranSport models start at $116,390. On the outside, grilles have been updated and there are new rear-light lenses incorporating hints of the 2000s 3200 GT sports coupe's 'boomerang' light clusters. Inside, the old MTC+ 8.4-inch infotainment system has been replaced with a much-improved and bigger 10.1-inch Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) setup, now running on the Android Automotive operating system. The digital gauge cluster has been updated with modernized graphics, a wireless smartphone charging pad is now standard equipment, and Active Driving Assist is now included in the safety spec. There have also been a few changes to which extras are offered on which models, and their prices.

Pros and Cons

  • Stunning design stands out in the luxury sedan class
  • Sweet-sounding V6 engine
  • Dynamically engaging
  • Beautiful cabin design with some appealing materials
  • The easy-to-use infotainment system now has a larger screen
  • Overall, the interior lacks the solidity of an S-Class or 7 Series
  • Too many visible cheap plastics
  • On bigger wheels, the ride is too firm
  • Fast, but not as fast as competitors

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2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$102,190
S Q4
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$106,690
S GranLusso
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$109,190
S GranSport
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$109,190
S Q4 GranLusso
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$113,690

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 - subtly tweaked on the 2021 models - 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 Poseidone 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 Mercurio alloys, while the GranSport upgrade introduces its own Urano 20-inch wheels, gloss red-painted brake calipers, and a sportier look to the front and rear bumpers. All models get redesigned rear-light lenses with a 'boomerang' motive when lit, recalling the 3200 GT, which was the first car ever with LED rear lights.

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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 model 2020 S 450 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
  • Curb Weight 4,101.0 lbs

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 ($1,200 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 S and S Q4 Quattroportes are motivated by the same gas engines: a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 424 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The engine features direct injection and can be paired with all-wheel drive. The RWD 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. 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 the cheapest Quattroporte.

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Engine and Transmission

The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine might be out-muscled by its competitors, but still sings a sweet tune. It delivers 424 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base V6 features RWD, but the S Q4 gets AWD. Developed by Maserati in collaboration with Ferrari, what the engine lacks in outright grunt (if only compared to the competition), it makes up for with its emotive soundtrack. Taking it 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. The shifter lever 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.

  • Engine
    3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Quattroporte's taut 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 16/24/19 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. These numbers stay unchanged for the V6 with AWD. 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: 16/24 mpg
* 2021 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. Some switchgear has clearly been poached from the Fiat/Chrysler parts bin. 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, heated front seats with power adjustment, soft-close doors, and a power rear sunblind, while additional driver aids like the Active Driving Assist suite and adaptive cruise control are thankfully included in the base price too.

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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 Luxury 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 $4,100. 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.

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  • 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 plenty of safety gear 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 Intelligent Assistant (MIA) infotainment system now runs the Android Automotive operating system and while it isn't quite as glitzy as the latest Mercedes and BMW systems, it's easy enough to figure out and operate. The system makes use of a newly updated 10.1-inch touchscreen display, including the new voice-activated virtual assistant. It integrates features like navigation, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, SiriusXM satellite radio with a one-year trial subscription, plus both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Incorporated in MIA is Maserati Connect, enabling the driver to stay in contact with their vehicle via the Maserati Connect smartphone app or via virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assist. Maserati Connect can keep the driver updated on vehicle health and can assist in emergencies. 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

No issues were reported on the 2021 Quattroporte so far, mirroring the results from 2020 and 2019. The last time the Quattroporte was recalled by the NHTSA was in 2018 to fix faults related to potential fuel leaks that could increase the risk of fire and 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.

Driver-assistance features include 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. For 2021, all models also now feature Active Driving Assist, which improves on the previous Highway Assist by now working on any well-maintained road up to 90 mph, not just highways. It adapts the preselected speed and keeps the car centered in its lane, all fully autonomously.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 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 engine provides strong performance and a stirring soundtrack, but there's more muscle on offer in a Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series. Neither of those cars is 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 2021 Maserati Quattroporte?

The Quattroporte demands a premium over the German competition. The range starts off with the Quattroporte S at $104,890, $5,400 more expensive than the 2020 model. Next is the S Q4 at $109,390 followed by the S GranLusso and S GranSport, both of which cost $111,890. The S Q4 GranLusso and S Q4 GranSport are both $116,390. These prices all exclude tax, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $1,495.

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Models

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

The base S model is fitted with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with its outputs of 424 hp and 406 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 MIA infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and Maserati Connect, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, forward-collision warning, and Active Driving Assist with autonomous lane-keeping and speed control.

The S GranLusso includes all of these features but adds Luxury 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.

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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 $1,100 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 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 $2,700 and a full carbon fiber exterior kit for $3,200. 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 $2,100.

🚗What Maserati Quattroporte Model Should I Buy?

With only one engine, we'd need to choose between either the GranLusso or GranSport trims and RWD or AWD. If pushed for a choice between the trims, 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 melodious V6 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. The AWD drivetrain also makes a lot of sense if you traverse slippery roads and it improves sprinting performance from rest - because you're going to indulge yourself if you own a Maserati.

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2021 Maserati Quattroporte Comparisons

Maserati Ghibli Maserati
Porsche Panamera Porsche
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Maserati Quattroporte424 hp16/24 mpg$102,190
Maserati Ghibli 345 hp17/24 mpg$69,490
Porsche Panamera 330 hp19/27 mpg$87,200

2021 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 Trofeo with its stonking 580-hp V8 engine for basically the same price as a V6 RWD Quattroporte GranLusso or GranSport - a difficult choice. 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. Both the Ghibli and Quattroporte lose out to their German rivals for quality 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

2021 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, but most versions 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 more modern than the Quattroporte's. 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.

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