Review: The Maserati Grecale is a premium SUV for those who want to stand out

Review: The Maserati Grecale is a premium SUV for those who want to stand out


The model I reviewed is the Modena, which packs a 330-hp (246kW) four-cylinder hybrid engine.

It zips from zero to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds on the highway, or zero to 200km/h in 21.9 seconds if you want to take it off the rails – where its top speed is said to be 240km/h.

It was a pleasure to drive around Auckland and the Waikato for a few days with more than enough power and comfortable turning power, an array of driver-friendly controls and plenty of room for cargo and family alike.

With a suggested retail price of $145,000, the Modena is the mid-range Grecale model flanked by the low-end GT, and the high-end Trofeo.

All that money goes beyond a powerful engine and a luxurious exterior. Getting inside this thing is made pleasant with leather upholstery, premium steering wheel and glorious metal shifters that immediately grab attention.

But what perhaps impressed me most about the Grecale were the driver controls, some of which worked in simple ways that I hadn’t even thought of before. For example, when you put it in reverse, the paddle shifters automatically switch to reverse and drive, making parallel parking easier.

But there were also plenty of luxury touches that made driving around a pleasure.