Used Maserati Coupe (2001 - 2006) Comfort

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
3.5
Although outward appearances suggest the Coupé is merely a mildly facelifted version of the older 3200GT, it is quite different beneath the skin. That car, produced between 1998 and 2001 and distinguished by its pretty boomerang rear lights, was powered by a twin turbo V8 and had its gearbox mounted at the front with the engine.

4 out of 5

Comfort

The Coupé's generous cabin proportions are one of its best kept secrets. Although not billed as a true four-seater, its two deeply sculpted back seats are perfectly usable by adults, unlike those in a Jaguar XK or Porsche 911. Climate control keeps the cabin serene in hot weather but you might want to drop the windows anyway to get rid of the annoying whistle created by the ineffective door seals with them up.

And if you are going for a car with the Cambiocorsa paddle-shift gearbox, it's worth knowing that later cars were revised to smooth gearchanges although even that didn't provide a total cure.

4 out of 5

Practicality

Again the Coupé impresses, in this case for its 315-litre boot which is marginally bigger than a Vauxhall Corsa's and significantly more cavernous than that of the Grantursimo that has effectively taken its place in the range. It can cope with two golf bags, something a Porsche would struggle to match. Interior stowage space is good too. There is a useful full length pocket on each door and another cubby behind your elbow either open or beneath an armrest depending on model.

But only one cupholder means driver and passenger will need to like their coffee made the same way.

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How does the boot space compare?

325 litres
Maserati Coupe (01-06)
315 litres
235 litres
100 litres
4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

You couldn't mistake the Coupé for anything other than Italian from behind the wheel. Swathed in gorgeous leather, the dashboard swoops up from the centre console enveloping the driver and appears to be very well built. The handsome seats aren't particularly supportive but the driving position will suit most, the chunky steering wheel is fabulous to hold and the six instruments beyond are styled with much more flair than any German coupé's, yet are simple to read.

Cars with the Cambiocorsa transmission have two paddles behind the wheel. The small gear lever on the console is only used to select reverse.