2020 BMW 7 Series vs. 2019 Maserati Quattroporte

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Safety

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The 7 Series’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The 7 Series has standard Post-Crash Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 7 Series has standard Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the 7 Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The 7 Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The 7 Series has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the 7 Series and the Quattroporte have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

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The 7 Series’ corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Quattroporte’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 7 Series for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Quattroporte.

There are almost 3 times as many BMW dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 7 Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 7 Series second among large premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Quattroporte isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

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The 7 Series has more powerful engines than the Quattroporte:

Horsepower

Torque

745e 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

389 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

750i 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

M760i 6.6 turbo V12

600 HP

627 lbs.-ft.

Quattroporte S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Quattroporte GTS 3.8 turbo V8

523 HP

524 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 745e running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Quattroporte S Q4 (52 city/61 hwy MPGe vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 745e running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Quattroporte S Q4 (19 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 7 Series gets better fuel mileage than the Quattroporte:

MPG

7 Series

RWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

750i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/25 hwy

M760i 6.6 turbo V12

13 city/20 hwy

Quattroporte

RWD

S 3.0 turbo V6

16 city/23 hwy

GTS 3.8 turbo V8

15 city/22 hwy

AWD

S 3.0 turbo V6

16 city/23 hwy

The 745e can drive on battery power alone for up to 16 miles. The Quattroporte must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the 7 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW 7 Series higher (3 out of 10) than the Maserati Quattroporte (1). This means the 7 Series produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Quattroporte every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The 7 Series’ launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 750i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Quattroporte:

750i

Quattroporte S

Quattroporte GTS

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.2 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.5 inches

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 7 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 7 Series offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the 7 Series uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Quattroporte, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The 7 Series offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Maserati doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Quattroporte.

The 7 Series has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The 7 Series’ height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 7 Series’ wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Quattroporte (126.4 inches vs. 124.8 inches).

Passenger Space

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The 7 Series has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Quattroporte.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release in the glovebox, the 7 Series offers cargo security. The Quattroporte’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Quattroporte, the 7 Series has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The 7 Series offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the 7 Series the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Quattroporte can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 7 Series has standard extendable sun visors. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 7 Series has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Quattroporte.

The 7 Series’ Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. Optional Remote Control Parking will park and retrieve your car remotely: press a button and watch it park itself. This is ideal for tight locations. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 7 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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