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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Four adult passengers won't be complaining about room
Too many bits have still been plundered from the Fiat parts bin
Always seems to have enough room to keep a person from feeling confined
Car and Driver
The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte features a price tag starting well north of the $100,000 mark, but don't expect that tally to include a wealth of luxury features and usable space. In fact, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte is much more capable as a performance machine than a luxury tourer.
The Quattroporte sacrifices some interior room compared to the competition, according to most review resources. The seating arrangement within the Maserati 2009 Quattroporte provides seatbelts for five, but the practical limit is four adults, based on TheCarConnection.com's research. Up front, Edmunds reports that the "seating is comfortably supportive, but taller drivers might find the Quattroporte a bit lacking in headroom." Automobile Magazine contends it "may not offer the vast interior space of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class," but at least "four adult passengers won't be complaining about room." Car and Driver remarks that the Maserati Quattroporte's interior is "none too roomy, but like a well-tailored Italian suit, it always seems to have enough give to keep a person from feeling confined." The major criticism of the interior of the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte comes from TheCarConnection.com's own editors, who feel that rear headroom is compromised due to the sloping rear roofline.
One of the other downsides to the tidy capacity dimensions of the Maserati Quattroporte is that it doesn't offer much in the way of storage space, especially if four adults are riding inside. Edmunds notes "you can blame the layout of the car for that, with its V8 engine significantly behind the centerline of the front wheels," which means you won't "be able to fit quite as much designer luggage in the trunk." Interior storage isn't too bad, though, and TheCarConnection.com observes a more-than-adequate number of cup holders and interior storage compartments.
Many may be surprised by one aspect of the Maserati 2009 Quattroporte lineup's interior: Some materials are not exactly top-notch. Road and Track reviewers are disappointed to find that the "paddle shifters are plastic," and Automobile Magazine points out "some of the plastics—especially those on the shift paddles—aren't quite as high-quality as we'd like for a car costing nearly $140,000." Edmunds is even more critical, chiding that "too many bits have still been plundered from the Fiat parts bin." Not everyone gets down on the interior of the Maserati Quattroporte, however; Car and Driver proclaims that it features "hectares of gooey-soft leather, so-genuine-it-looks-fake wood, and Alcantara," making the Maserati Quattroporte's cabin an "olfactory and tactile feast."
When it comes to cabin noise, conventional wisdom dictates that the quieter the cabin, the better. However, the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte features such an appealing engine noise that, once you catch the faintest hint of the sound, you'll be begging for more. Jalopnik reports that the Maserati 2009 Quattroporte is "extraordinarily loud and gloriously obnoxious—pure Maserati."
There’s a mix of impressive, opulent trims and materials in the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte—interrupted by a few cheap-looking plastics. Interior space isn’t vast but good enough for four.