2020 Maserati Levante

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2020 Maserati Levante Review: The Charm Offensive

In the world of luxury performance SUVs, practicality and cost come second to style and the experience, which is a good thing, because the 2020 Maserati Levante is not as big or affordable as many rivals in the USA. 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. If you want the practicality of an SUV but the spirit of a sports car, the Levante is a compelling proposition.

New 2020 Maserati Levante Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2019 Levante?

The 2020 Maserati Levante SUV remains largely unchanged, 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

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2020 Maserati Levante Trims

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

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2020 Maserati Levante a good SUV?

Competitively priced against larger US 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, and 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.

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2020 Maserati Levante Comparisons

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2020 Maserati Levante vs Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is a large premium crossover 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.

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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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