Review Maserati Levante
Maserati. What do you think the name means to most people? Fast? Loud? Italian? Expensive? SUV?
Yes, maybe not the last, but it may soon. See, with the Levante SUV accounting for half of all Maseratis currently sold in Australia, soon it will feel like SUVs are all Maserati created.
And that could happen even faster with the appearance of the most affordable Levante ever – the new class, simply called Levante.
So, if this new, cheaper Levante is expensive (in Maserati term) then does that mean it’s not fast, loud or even Italian, now?
We drove this new, most affordable Levante at our Australia launch to find out.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Guess you want to know how much more affordable this Levante is than other classes in the range? Alright, Levante list entry level for $ 125,000, before cost on the road.
That might sound expensive, but look at it like this: The entry Levante has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo turbocharged petrol engine designed by Maserati and Ferrari for $ 179,990 Levante S and a list of standard features almost identical.
So how can there be a $ 55K price difference and cars almost the same? What’s missing?
Horsepower is missing – the base-level Levante may have the same V6 engine as the Levante S but it doesn’t have a lot of clicking. But we will get that in the engine part.
As for the other differences – there are many, almost none. The Levante S comes with a sunroof as standard seats and a more adjustable front seat than the Levante, but both grades come with a 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sat nav, leather upholstery. (S is more premium than leather), proximity keys and 19 inch alloy wheels.
These standard features are identical to those in Turbo-Diesel, which sits above the Levante at $ 159,990.
In addition to less horsepower, no standard sunroof (as on the S) and seat upholstery, as well as the S like another downside of the base Levante is that the GranLusso and GranSport packages are very expensive.
GranLusso adds luxurious accents on the outside in the form of metal trim for roof rails, window frames and protective panels for the front bumper, while in the front seats, you can opt for the Ermenegasy Zegna silk upholstery, Pieno Fiore (Pieno Fiore (Pieno Fiore) full grain leather) or premium Italian leather.
GranSport enhances the exterior with a stronger body kit with black elements and an additional 12-way electric sports seats, chrome switch paddles and aluminum sports pedals.
The features the packages offer are nice – for example, silk and leather chairs, but each pack costs $ 35,000. That’s almost 30% of the entire car’s listed price, added. The same package on the Levante S costs only $ 10,000.
While the Levante is the most affordable Levante and also the cheapest Maserati you can buy, it’s more expensive than the rival Porsche Cayenne (V6 petrol) costs $ 116,000, while the Range Rover Sport 3.0 SC HSE costs $ 130,000 and Mercedes-Benz GLE 43 costs $ 135,529.
Is Levante new entry to good value, then? Yes, for a Maserati, if you don’t option the package, and yes compared to most of its rivals.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
If you’ve just read the above about prices and features, then you might now wonder how Levante is less powerful than Levante S.
The Levante has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter petrol engine and great sound. Yup, the Levante entry level allows Maserati’s jarring scream when you open the throttle, just like the S. It can emit the same sound as the S but the Levante Lemon V6 has less horsepower. With a capacity of 257kW / 500Nm, Levante generates less than 59kW and less than 80Nm of torque.
Is there a noticeable difference? Not much. Acceleration as fast as in Levante with 0-100km / h comes after six seconds compared to 5.2 seconds in Levante S.
Shift is an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with super smooth speed, but a bit slow.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
The Levante looks exactly how a Maserati SUV should, with its long bonnet next to the curved wheel arches with their vents, leading to the grille that looks ready to eat slower cars. The configuration of the windshield and the rear cabin that was raked up is also very Maserati, as do the muscle cars on the rear wheel.
If only its bottom were Maserati less. It was a personal thing, but I found the back of the Maserati to lack the drama of their faces and the Levante’s tailgate was no different in that it lay on the plain.
Inside, Levante appears to be a well-built, upscale place, though a closer inspection reveals that some items seem to be shared with other brands, like Maserati, owned by Fiat Chrysler. Automenses (FCA).
Window switches and headlights, ignition buttons, air conditioning controls, and even the display can be found on jeeps and other FCA vehicles.
There are no functional issues here, but from a design and design perspective, they look a bit basic and lack the subtlety that a buyer can expect from a Maserati.
There is a lack of technology inside. For example, there is no large display head or virtual instrument cluster like you would find in Levante’s competitors.
Although the bits look like jeeps, the Levante is actually Italian. The main designer Giovanni Ribotta is Italian and Levante is produced at FCA’s Mirafiori factory in Turin.
What are the dimensions of the Levante plank? Levante is 5.0m long, 2.0m wide and 1.7m high. So that means the inside space is huge right? Let’s talk about that in the next section?
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Do you know Tardis from Dr Who? Police phone box inside time machine is much bigger than the outside? Levante’s cabin, is a reverse Tardis (Sidrat?) Where even if five meters long and two meters wide, the second row footroom is very tight and as tall as 191cm I can only sit behind the driver’s position. yourself.
Headroom is also coming back tight there because of the sloping roof. These are big issues, but if you think of using the Levante as a limousine SUV, the limited room there just needs to win is enough for your tall passengers to stretch out.