2020 Maserati Levante

2020 Maserati Levante Review: The Charm Offensive

by Sebastian Cenizo

In the world of luxury performance SUVs, practicality and cost are second thoughts that take a back seat to style and the experience. That's a good thing, because the 2020 Maserati Levante is not as big or as affordable as many rivals. Available in multiple variations, the cheapest model starts at $72,990. For that princely sum, you get a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 345 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. In between the engine and the Q4 all-wheel-drive system is a fine ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, contributing to decent acceleration. For those who want real exhilaration though, a 424 hp version of the V6 and a Ferrari-derived 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 550 hp are available.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 10 /10
  • Performance 9 /10
  • Fuel Economy 6 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 8 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 9 /10
  • Reliability 6 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 7 /10
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2020 Maserati Levante Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Levante?

The Maserati Levante is largely unchanged for 2020, with only some option availability being updated. Bi-xenon headlights are now standard. Soft-close doors, parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring are also standard now. A dual-pane panoramic sunroof is included on all models for 2020. As of late January, a new GT Sport appearance package has also been added on both the Levante and Levante S.

Pros and Cons

  • Proper Italian exterior design
  • Available Ferrari-derived V8 engine
  • Multiple customization options
  • Available silk and leather interior is opulently fantastic
  • Gearbox is a gem
  • Parts-bin sharing in parts of the interior is poor
  • Pricing is ridiculous compared to most rivals
  • Cargo space is below average

2020 Maserati Levante Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$72,990
GranLusso
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$78,990
GranSport
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$78,990
S
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$83,990
S GranLusso
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$88,990

Levante Exterior

Perhaps not as resolved a design as other luxury SUVs, the Levante looks like a raised wagon in the rear three-quarter view, with a curving pair of haunches that are intended to make it look more aggressive. The rest of it, however, is suitably exotic, with the front grille bearing the Maserati trident prominently. Available LED running lights add sharpness to the headlights, which can be had with an LED matrix setup, while LED fog lights separated from other styling accents add width and boldness to the front design. The front fenders feature the trademark triple vent, while the large C-pillar exhibits the Maserati crest again. At the rear, the LED taillights are reminiscent of those on the GranTurismo coupe, while a quad exhaust is available on higher trims to replace the base dual-exit setup. Wheel sizes vary, with 19s as standard and 20s available.

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Dimensions

The Levante's dimensions are well-proportioned, with a length of 197 inches and a width of 77.9 inches with the mirrors folded. The wheelbase measures 118.3 inches, while height is 66.7 inches. The GTS version, or any model specced with 20-inch wheels, will have a height of 66.9 inches. Curb weight varies depending on specification too, with the base models weighing 4,650 pounds while the GTS with its bigger 3.8-liter V8 weighs a little more at 4,784 lbs. Ground clearance measures around eight inches, although we'd be highly amused to ever see a Maserati SUV taking on an off-road trail.

  • Length 197.0 in
  • Wheelbase 118.3 in
  • Height 66.1 in
  • Max Width 77.5 in
  • Front Width 63.9 in
  • Rear Width 66.0 in

Exterior Colors

A large selection of colors is available for the base Levante and Levante S, with Nero and Bianco as the standard option. Metallic colors cost $1,000, with Nero Ribelle, Grigio Maratea, Grigio, Rame, Blu Passione, and the stunning Blu Emozione available. $2,700 will give you access to Bianco Alpi or Blu Nobile. The GTS is more limited in choice, with only Bianco available as a no-cost option. The metallic options are slashed too but cost the same as on other trims. Nero Ribelle, Grigio Maratea, Grigio, Blu Emozione, and Bianco Alpi are the only choices here.

  • Grigio Metallic
  • Verde Ossido Metallic
  • Grigio Metallo Metallic
  • Champagne Metallescent
  • Grigio Maratea Metallescent
  • Rame Mica
  • Blu Emozione Mica
  • Nero Ribelle Mica
  • Rosso Rubino Mica
  • Blu Passione Mica
  • Blu Nobile Tri-Coat
  • Bianco Alpi Tri-Coat
  • Nero
  • Bianco

Levante Performance

For the best performing Levante, you'll want the Trofeo that we review separately. In the regular range, however, the GTS is brilliant too. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, this model produces 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. Along with a sublime eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive, the Levante GTS can sprint from 0-60 mph in four seconds flat and keep on going to a top speed of 181 mph. The lesser V6 models are not as blistering, with turbocharging on the base model resulting in 345 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This version takes a more sedate 5.8 seconds to hit 60 mph and is limited to 156 mph, while the mid-range Levante S takes the same twin-turbo V6 and boosts it to 424 hp with 428 lb-ft of torque. An improved sprint time of five seconds dead and a top speed of 164 mph make it a respectable option for a mid-level variant. While a Porsche Cayenne will be a better handling option, standard adaptive air suspension means that the Levante won't be too far behind in the bends. Nevertheless, unless you're chasing a base Cayenne, the cheapest Levante will, for the most part, struggle against the German SUV. Like for like, however, the Levante can hold its own.

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Engine and Transmission

The base engine in the Levante is a sonorous but underwhelming 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. It produces 345 hp and 369 lb-ft, which makes it acceptable for an SUV, but poor for a performance brand. Fortunately, the ZF eight-speed automatic fitted across the range is brilliant and helps limit complaints with the powertrain. Stepping up to the Levante S boosts power to 424 hp and 428 lb-ft, which allows one to enjoy the sound of the V6 while avoiding embarrassment at the traffic lights. As a bonus, you also upgrade from a manual-mode console shifter and earn aluminum paddles behind the steering wheel. The Porsche Cayenne S bests it in the power stakes with ten hp more, but produces 23 lb-ft less torque. For ultimate bragging rights, however, nothing says Italian Stallion like being able to boast of a Ferrari-derived engine. The GTS offers this, with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that develops a magical 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. In this model, even some sports cars will be embarrassed as the outstanding gearbox perfectly selects the right ratio for blistering acceleration.

  • Engines
    3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 3.8-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

For an Italian automaker that is most renowned for producing soulful sports cars, customers will expect its SUV offering to perform well in the handling department too. To blend SUV comfort with sporty handling characteristics, all Levantes are fitted with adaptive air suspension as standard. In the more laid back comfort mode, the system does a respectable job of smoothing out bumps, although it's never akin to the ride quality of a Range Rover. Nevertheless, insulated glass adds to the perception that bad bumps are better than they feel, but in sport mode, any illusion of comfort is quickly dismissed. The benefit is a taut and smart-handling SUV that can take corners with aplomb, with body roll effectively minimized. The steering is sharper, and some may say busier, than most may be comfortable with, but when you're hustling, this helps the big bruiser turn in admirably. The brakes are good, with the GTS earning bigger six-piston Brembos at the front to counter the powerful mill over the front axle. The standard all-wheel-drive system, dubbed Q4, does a great job of maximizing grip, and in sport mode, the exhaust takes on a rorty note, although it can get annoying on long cruises. Switching back to comfort dulls it sufficiently that you can take the Levante on long drives in relative silence.

Levante Gas Mileage

The Maserati Levante is intended to be used daily, presumably by the wealthy family that couldn't care less about cost-efficacy and fuel efficiency. Nevertheless, it's interesting to consider how it does on the EPA's official cycles. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 is predictably the most economical, returning 15/21/17 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. With a 21.1-gallon gas tank, average range with mixed driving is expected to be around 358.7 miles. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 is impressively close behind, with scores of 14/18/15 mpg on the same cycles. Equipped with the same size gas tank, average range is around 316.5 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.1 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 15/21 mpg
* 2020 Maserati Levante 3.0L

Levante Interior

Open the door to the Levante and you're greeted by a roomy cabin swathed in leather and your choice of wood or carbon fiber, with front seats that feature heating as standard with ventilation as an option. The overall ambiance is one of quality and style, but taking a closer look reveals a bit of parts-sharing with some switches and even the infotainment system being shared with more run-of-the-mill vehicles like Jeeps and Dodges. While this is disappointing, the overall build quality and design are pleasing and only just fall short of what we'd expect of a vehicle in this price bracket. Fortunately, a Maserati clock adorns the top of the dash and helps add a hint more old-school style.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Levante seats five in respectable comfort, with drivers able to appreciate 12-way power-adjustable seats up front that help pilots of all sizes find the perfect driving position. Available power-adjustable pedals further enhance the experience, while the large windows mean good visibility all round. The exception is the rear window that is a little smaller than in some rivals. Getting in and out is no more difficult than in any other SUV, and even putting taller adults in the back for extended periods is tolerable. Overall, the Levante does what it's supposed to with little to complain about.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Leather seats are standard across the range, with extended leather packages available and perforated leather standard on the GTS model. A segment-first, you can even spec a combination of leather and silk for maximum opulence. Colors are diverse but not eccentric, with Nero, Cuoio, Sabbia, Marrone, and Rosso leather available. Contrasting stitching can also be specced, while the headliner can be trimmed in Alcantara for an even more premium feel. Trim accents can feature glossy wood in three different grains, while multiple weaves of carbon fiber and even open-pore wood can be optioned too.

Levante Trunk and Cargo Space

With an available remote power liftgate, loading your bespoke Louis Vuitton luggage is easy. 20.5 cubic feet of volume is available with the seats up, enough for four or five full-size suitcases. Should that not be enough, a center pass-through is available, or you can manually fold the rear seats in their 60/40 split to maximize cargo volume to 57.4 cubic feet.

In the cabin, a slot beneath the climate controls is just big enough for a smartphone, while a retractable lid alongside the gear-lever reveals a pair of cupholders for front passengers. Your normal glove box and small door pockets are present, with a pair of cupholders in the rear too. The most interesting feature is the front armrests' refrigerated storage area - perfect for keeping your Evian water chilled.

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Levante Infotainment and Features

Features

The Levante is a beautifully appointed vehicle with 12-way power heated seats up front as standard along with dual-zone climate control. A Maserati dash-top clock is a nice novelty, as is a refrigerated compartment in the center armrests. Soft-close doors and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof are also available, while adaptive air suspension smooths the ride. Keyless entry, remote start, a remote power liftgate, and park sensors are other useful additions, while options like active blind-spot assist, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning with autonomous braking, and adaptive cruise control keep you safe. Other available features include quad-zone climate control, a surround-view camera, auto wipers, and adaptive LED matrix headlights.

Infotainment

The Levante's standard infotainment system features a sharp and near-flawless eight-inch touchscreen interface with USB connectivity, Bluetooth, aux in, navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, with eight speakers managing output. If you want more oomph out of your sound system, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium upgrade is also available, as is a Bowers & Wilkins 1,280-watt setup. With clear graphics and quick response times, the touchscreen is great - even if it's shared with other Fiat Chrysler models - and for those who prefer a more tactile navigation experience, a console-mounted rotary controller can also manage the system.

Levante Problems and Reliability

The 2020 model year has thus far been free of any recalls, but the 2019 Levante was subject to a single issue, with a July 2019 recall proclaiming a potential issue with incorrectly adjusted LED headlights that could distract and dazzle other drivers in all the wrong ways.

A bumper-to-bumper four-year/50,000-mile warranty covers everything from corrosion to the powertrain, while roadside assistance is also included for the same period.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

Levante Safety

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has yet crash-tested the Maserati Levante, but with available level two semi-autonomous aids, adaptive LED matrix headlights, and optional safety enhancements, we expect that it would perform admirably.

Key Safety Features

Standard safety features and driver assists on the Levante include front and rear parking sensors along with a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. You also get blind-spot monitoring and hill descent control. Front, side, and curtain airbags are also included, but it's on the options list that you'll find the best equipment. Adaptive LED matrix headlights, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking is available, as is adaptive cruise control with stop and go. Lane-keep assist is also available, with active blind-spot assist and a surround-view camera also optional.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Maserati Levante a good SUV?

Competitively priced against larger rivals like the Porsche Cayenne, the Levante falls short in areas like cargo space and outright handling dynamism. In addition, it's disappointing that with a base price in excess of $70,000, the interior features parts scavenged from much cheaper FCA cars instead of bespoke items. The suspension is also a little too firm in sport mode for one to be able to enjoy taking advantage of it unless on glass-like surfaces. However, its character and toneful engines make owning one an experience that is nonetheless enjoyable. It looks like nothing else on the road, and there's a sort of knowing look that you get from enthusiasts who see you behind the wheel of a Maserati. Factor in the Ferrari-derived V8 and you've got something truly special. It's far from perfect, but as with most Italian vehicles, that's exactly what draws us to it. It's got charm, and bucketloads of it at that.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Maserati Levante?

The Maserati SUV starts at a base price of $72,990 for the Levante. Stepping up to the Levante GranLusso adds $6,000 for more luxury, with the sportier GranSport costing the same. The Levante S is a more powerful version of the same vehicle and starts at $83,990. Here, stepping up the GranLusso or GranSport version of the S adds $5,000 to the sticker price. The most expensive model in the lineup is the Ferrari-powered Levante GTS. This model starts at $120,980, and a fully loaded version of this trim can exceed $135,000 - excluding the $1,495 destination charge.

2020 Maserati Levante Models

The Maserati Levante is available in seven trims, with the high-performance Trofeo considered separately: Levante, Levante GranLusso, Levante GranSport, Levante S. Levante S GranLusso, Levante S GranSport, and GTS.

The base Levante is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 345 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic and Q4 all-wheel-drive is standard across the range. 19-inch wheels and bi-xenon headlights are fitted along with soft-close doors, adaptive air suspension, heated front seats, an 8.4-inch MTC+ infotainment system, and leather upholstery. The model also gets a rearview camera and front and rear park sensors.

The Levante GranLusso earns exclusive silk and leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, open-pore Radica wood trim, gloss black brake calipers, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

The Levante GranSport earns 20-inch wheels with red brake calipers, sport seats, a black leather steering wheel, and a unique rear spoiler.

The Levante S is largely identical to the Levante, but produces more power from its V6, with 424 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque.

Levante S GranLusso is again similar to the regular GranLusso, but with higher output like the base S.

The Levante S GranSport has the same features as the Levante GranSport, but with the upgraded V6 power plant.

The Levante GTS is much like a GranSport variant of the lesser models, featuring 12-way sport seats, but it gets unique perforated leather upholstery. Most notably, it is the only model in the range to be fitted with a Ferrari-derived 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, producing 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque.

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Additional Packages

The Nerissimo package is essentially a black-out package, offering darkened exhaust tips, and the deletion of all chrome pieces on the exterior with either gloss black or black chrome trims in their place. The taillamps are also tinted, and on models that don't feature the advanced driver aids as standard (all except the GTC), this package also adds semi-autonomous driver aids and a surround-view camera. For all of this, you will have to shell out a reasonable $1,100 extra. Other options worth considering include four-zone climate control (also $1,100), a Bowers & Wilkins sound system upgrade for $2,000, power-adjustable pedals for $400, and carbon fiber column-mounted paddle shifters for 450 bucks. Also available is a hands free tailgate for $500, while upgraded Pieno Fiore natural leather upholstery adds $1,700 to your bill. A new GT Sport package has also just been released. For $3,490, this adds the GranSport front and rear fascia, 21-inch polished wheels, and gloss red calipers.

🚗What Maserati Levante Model Should I Buy?

If you have the means to consider Maserati SUV as your next purchase, you can likely afford to splash out on a good one. We'd go for the GTC. Obviously, the Ferrari V8 and 550 horses make a compelling case, but the standard advanced driver aids and perforated leather are attractive too. This model also includes the Harman Kardon sound system as standard, and you get a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, as well as 20-inch wheels, a surround-view camera, and adaptive LED headlights. Features like ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are also thrown in, making this the most complete Maserati SUV in the range.

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2020 Maserati Levante Comparisons

Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Macan Porsche
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Maserati Levante345 hp15/21 mpg$72,990
Porsche Cayenne 335 hp19/23 mpg$66,800
Porsche Macan 248 hp19/23 mpg$50,900

2020 Maserati Levante vs Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is a large premium SUV from a similarly sporty performance marque. The base model, like the Levante, also features all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, with a similar output of 335 hp versus the Maserati's 345. With leather everywhere, a sporty chassis, and a myriad of available options, the Porsche is more than a match for the Italian. However, it absolutely decimates the Maserati in almost every measurable way. The base price is more than ten grand lower, it has more cargo volume (27.1 cubes versus the Levante's 20.5), and its interior features an expansive 12.3-inch touchscreen display and touch-sensitive climate controls that make the cabin feel truly premium, whereas the Maserati's parts sharing lets it down with less than premium bits and pieces. Overall, the Cayenne is simply more car for far less money, and the only reason to consider the Maserati over it is emotion. A lust for Italian flair will sway the occasional individual, but your money would be better spent on the efficient and brilliant German.

See Porsche Cayenne Review

2020 Maserati Levante vs Porsche Macan

Perhaps the larger cargo capacity of the Cayenne doesn't appeal to you. In that case, the Macan may be a better rival for the Levante. It starts at $50,900, severely undercutting the Maserati by over 20 grand. However, it is a smaller vehicle. The difference in size isn't all that obvious in the figures, though, as the Levante offers less than three cubic feet more volume. Powered by a 248-hp 2.0-liter turbo in base form, the Macan falls behind in the power stakes, but it's also a lighter vehicle, weighing almost 600 pounds less. As a result, it earns a combined mpg rating of 21 versus the Maserati's 17. Inside, the Macan boasts an interior almost as fantastic as the Cayenne and manages to outdo the Levante for quality feel and features, despite its price deficit. Essentially, the Levante is not a bad SUV, but the only part of you that will justify buying one is your heart.

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