The Maserati Quattroporte manages to distinguish itself in a segment dominated by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar and Lexus with an elegant exterior design that was updated in 2016, four years after the introduction of the sixth generation.
Changes are quite subtle, with the Italian automaker redesigning the grille, bumpers, side skirts and mirrors. The typical styling has thus been preserved and, for a seven year-old car, which is a quite a bit these days, the Quattroporte still manages to turn heads.
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Fortunately, bystanders will only catch a glimpse of the cabin, and that’s because it feels outdated. Clients won’t be treated to the modern technology features found in its rivals, but they will be surrounded by plenty of plush materials and wooden trim. Space in the back seat is very generous and if being chauffeured is a must, then so is the executive seating package, which is an optional extra that costs about $4,000, adding climate controls, power sun shades, lots of storage areas and a couple of comfortable seats.
Speaking of pricing, the 2019 Quattroporte starts at $107,980, or $16,730 more than the base Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The S Q4 mid-range is available from $113,680 and the range-topping GTS gets a $138,980 sticker price. The two lesser models pack a 3.0-liter V6 with 424 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque, whereas the GTS uses a 3.8-liter V8 with 523 hp and 524 lb-ft (710 Nm) of torque.
The only grade that packs an all-wheel drive system is the mid-spec S Q4, which is the one put to the test by TestDriveNow. Their car was optioned with the new tri-coat paint and several extras such as a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, lifting the price to over $137,000.
Paying a six-digit sum for a luxury sedan means that customers have high expectations from it. But is there anything else to like about the 2019 Quattroporte, other than the sleek styling, Ferrari-built engines and the fact that there, unlike other offerings in the segment, there are slim chances of encountering another one on the road?