Thrilling to drive, but go for the more powerful engine for the most fun
Some fiddly controls and poor visibility thanks to thick windscreen pillars
All the latest gizmos will keep you and your car secure
Much better than the unreliable Maseratis of old
Will carry four adults, but only if they have hand luggage
Leather, climate control and sat-nav are standard - but you'll have to pay extra for the paint
The Maserati Granturismo was designed to make long-distance journeys a pleasure. Both engines are powerful but for the most impact when pulling away from the lights we'd opt for the more powerful 454bhp V8. It's better at hauling what's a pretty hefty car, and the soundtrack is a delight. Handling is great, with neat steering and masses of grip.
Whoever travels in the back seat won't have drawn the short straw, as there's plenty of room to sit four adults, unless you go for the two-seat MC Stradale version. As you'd expect, the Granturismo's interior makes you feel special, thanks to the sumptuous decor and stylish design. There's not much room in the boot, though. The biggest problem, however, is visibility - thick screen pillars and a narrow rear window will create a few issues.
Maserati has improved its reliability record recently, so don't expect any breakdowns just yet. It's also a very safe and secure car, with six airbags and stability control to protect you, plus some James Bond-style security to ward off thieves.
You'll need to have a very happy bank manager before you go out and buy one of these. Although the Granturismo is competitively priced compared with its direct rivals, it's still a very expensive car to both run and buy.