2019 Maserati Quattroporte vs. 2018 Mercedes CLS

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the Quattroporte’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CLS doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Quattroporte and the CLS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Engine

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The Quattroporte S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 22 more horsepower (424 vs. 402) than the CLS 550’s standard 4.7 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Quattroporte has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CLS doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Quattroporte has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the CLS. The Quattroporte’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the CLS.

Suspension and Handling

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The Quattroporte’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CLS doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Quattroporte’s wheelbase is 11.6 inches longer than on the CLS (124.8 inches vs. 113.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Quattroporte is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CLS.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Quattroporte uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CLS doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Quattroporte a Large car, while the CLS is rated a Compact.

The Quattroporte has standard seating for 5 passengers; the CLS can only carry 4.

The Quattroporte has 22 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLS (114 vs. 92).

The Quattroporte has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 6.5 inches more front hip room, 7.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.7 inches more rear headroom than the CLS.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Quattroporte’s available rear seats recline. The CLS’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Quattroporte has a much larger trunk than the CLS (18.7 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Quattroporte’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CLS doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The Quattroporte has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The CLS doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Quattroporte’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The CLS does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Quattroporte has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CLS doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Quattroporte’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The CLS doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Quattroporte offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CLS doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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