Posted: 20 May 2010
It's reasonably quiet and comfortable, and the ride's not bad. There's miles of legroom in the back, too. Though, er, I'm really not the best barometer of such things. But already, I'm talking about it as though it is a Mondeo. There has to be stuff I like here, stuff to make it special. I love the rear bucket seats and the hard, ‘we're off to Italy' suitcase rubbing strip action in the luggage area, and the tellies in the headrests and the suede roof lining and immaculate finish. All very private jet.
But what is this car all about? If you can afford to spend £140,000 on any car, we know you can afford to buy a hell of a good four-seater GT. In the case of the Maserati Quattroporte, you're buying that slight fragility, that Italian practically-a-Ferrari lunacy. In the Panamera, you're buying absolute bullet-proof Porsche reliability, and it's a bloody good drive.