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Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

We’re used to Maserati interiors that look gorgeous, but it’s breaking new ground for the marque to find one that, after over a century of trying, actually works reasonably well, too.

Don’t be too diverted by the fine-grain leather seen here unless you’re happy to part with almost £2500 extra for it. Even without it, basic cabin design is sound. The driving position is normal, affected only a little by slightly offset pedals, and while we’d like a little more reach adjustment on the steering wheel, that’s a small gripe rather than a major complaint. The wheel itself is perfectly proportioned, with a thick but firm rim – which is how it should be.

The steering column is well placed but the pedal offset could prove uncomfortable for some

Analogue dials live alongside a digital display with only a certain degree of success, and whether you regard the large 8.4in central touchscreen as a result or a disappointment depends on the direction from which you’re approaching. It’s much poorer than the MMI, iDrive or Comand systems used by Audi, BMW or Mercedes – but compared to anything hitherto used in any other Italian car, it’s close to miraculous.

Forget Maserati’s claim to class-leading front legroom, because it has no value unless you’re 6ft 8in tall. Concentrate instead on the fairly generous head and legroom for four adults – something not a given from Maserati.

Just don’t mistake this for a five-seater; there are three seatbelts in the back, but the middle perch is better at providing amusement value for other occupants than somewhere sensible for anyone to sit for anything other than short hops.

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The Maserati's media system won’t let you pair a Bluetooth phone while moving, which is sensible, if frustrating. The pairing process is fairly quick and easy, and the system reconnects to a known device without a prompt. Call quality is fine, but connection isn’t as stable as it might be, occasionally requiring you to end a call on the handset when the Bluetooth connection has stalled.

Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers, and two audio systems are available including a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins set-up. The standard system seemed strong, though, with decent usability, DAB, SD card for audio input and USB and aux-in connectivity. No track information when streaming via Bluetooth, though, which is annoying.