2022 Maserati Quattroporte

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2022 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.

2022 Maserati Quattroporte Changes: 🚙What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Maserati Quattroporte?

Maserati is dramatically slashing the 2022 Quattroporte lineup to just three trims, down from last year's six, mirroring what it's done with the Ghibli lineup. The three trims are now GT, Modena, and Modena Q4. Unlike last year, the low-output 345-hp twin-turbo V6 is now available in the Quattroporte in the base rear-wheel-drive-only GT model, dropping the price of entry to the Quattroporte range from $104,890 to $98,400, albeit at the cost of performance. Last year's default 424-hp V6 is still present and accounted for, but only in the mid-range Modena trim, which can also be had in Q4 all-wheel drive. The price difference between the GT and Modena is less than $10,000 and their equipment levels are similar, the GT being the more comfort-orientated option and the Modena the sporty sibling with more power. The Trofeo is the flagship, but we review that model separately. In other news, adaptive cruise control is now standard on all trims. A few paint colors disappear for the new year. Maserati anoraks will also notice the use of the company's new restyled trident logo on the 2022 Quattroporte, as first seen on the MC20 supercar.

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
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • 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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2022 Maserati Quattroporte Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
GT
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$96,000
Modena
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$105,800
Modena Q4
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$110,300
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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 adaptive performance suspension with electronic dampers, allowing for greater control of the car's behavior such as enhanced comfort on long trips.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 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 engines provide 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.

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2022 Maserati Quattroporte Comparisons

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2022 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, it offers you exactly the same trim lineup and engines as the Quattroporte with many of the same features. Overall performance will see a bit of an improvement relative to the heavier Quattroporte, but it's not too far ahead. You could also go for the range-topping Ghibli Trofeo with its stonking 580-hp V8 engine for exactly the same price as a Quattroporte Modena Q4 - 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, while the Ghibli offers a lot of extra performance for the same money. 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.

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2022 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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