What is it like on the inside?
Spacious and beautifully crafted. That’s the first impression. Not quite a Bentley in terms of materials and quality, but special nonetheless. The multiple screens do their jobs well and handsomely.
YOU ALSO SAID SPACIOUS?
Yep, and we mean in both the petrol and electric versions. In the Folgore that’s down to the neat T-shaped battery packaging we mentioned back on the Overview tab. The boot floor is slightly raised compared to the petrol’s due to the packaging of the motors and inverters, but it’s still 270 litres in the EV and 310 litres in the V6 options. Meanwhile, the back seats are a good size. Yes, your head sits beneath the rear glass, but sub-six footers do actually fit. Legs as well. It accommodates four adults as easily as Bentley’s Continental GT.
WHAT ABOUT THE DASH DESIGN?
Much of the interior bits are borrowed from the Grecale, which actually is no bad thing – we like the inside of Maserati’s smallest SUV.
It means that the GranTurismo gets many screens, with a 12.2-inch digital dial display behind the steering wheel, a 12.3-inch central infotainment screen and another 8.8-inch touchscreen below that for the climate controls and a few extra options. The analogue clock is actually a fourth screen, that can be changed to a stopwatch, compass or G-meter. The head-up display takes the screen count to five.
HOW'S THE DRIVING POSITION AND SEATS?
The seats are beautifully shaped, the driving position is exactly how you want it to be in a grand tourer: low yet commanding, with a good view out over that huge clamshell bonnet. Everything you touch feels expensively trimmed, yes, even the blue seat centres in the Folgore pictured above, which are actually made from recycled plastic fishing nets. As an object this new Maserati is convincing and desirable.