We’re used to Maserati interiors that look gorgeous, but it’s breaking new ground for the marque to find one that, after over a century of trying, actually works reasonably well, too.
Don’t be too diverted by the fine-grain leather seen here unless you’re happy to part with almost £2500 extra for it. Even without it, basic cabin design is sound. The driving position is normal, affected only a little by slightly offset pedals, and while we’d like a little more reach adjustment on the steering wheel, that’s a small gripe rather than a major complaint. The wheel itself is perfectly proportioned, with a thick but firm rim – which is how it should be.
Analogue dials live alongside a digital display with only a certain degree of success, and whether you regard the large 8.4in central touchscreen as a result or a disappointment depends on the direction from which you’re approaching. It’s much poorer than the MMI, iDrive or Comand systems used by Audi, BMW or Mercedes – but compared to anything hitherto used in any other Italian car, it’s close to miraculous.
Forget Maserati’s claim to class-leading front legroom, because it has no value unless you’re 6ft 8in tall. Concentrate instead on the fairly generous head and legroom for four adults – something not a given from Maserati.