Oh-kay, before we start this piece, I think it needs a bit of context.

In the large luxury sedan kingdom, there are the heavyweights and the choices for more out of the box thinkers. If you have no imagination, you likely go for a tried and true luxury staple. You pick an icon like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8 or Lexus LS.

Don't get me wrong, they're all fabulous products but they're so...predictable.

If you're left wanting for something a bit different, then buyers gravitate towards something like the Maserati Quattroporte, Jaguar XJ or Porsche Panamera.

While the last-gen Quattroporte sounded like a Ferrari and looked pretty snappy, it certainly wasn't the best luxury sedan for sale on the luxury market. Now that there's an all-new product ready to hit showrooms, Autocar's Steve Sutcliffe got behind the wheel and did the first thing any right-minded automotive journalist should: Question if it's better than what's already out there. In this case, he compares it directly to the existing Jaguar XJ.

new Maserati Quattroporte is big news for the Italian marque. The car is kick-starting the firm's ambitions to increase sales ten-fold, so the stakes have never been higher. Steve Sutcliffe pitches it against our favourite luxury car, the Jaguar XJ to see which is best.

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