The interior of a luxury performance SUV like the Maserati Levante should feel special and, in many ways, it does. Climb in, sit there for a moment, and you'll undoubtedly appreciate the leather and wood, or carbon fiber, depending on what you choose. It's lovely, but it's just shy of what we expect in this segment in terms of build quality. We do love the Maserati clock on top of the center console, though.
Upon closer investigation, you'll notice some familiar switchgear and an infotainment system shared with various Jeeps and Dodges. Maserati claims the operating software is unique, which is true to an extent. The screen may show "Maserati" when it starts up, but the shortcuts and such are inexcusably similar to those in a Jeep Gladiator. If Genesis can create an entirely different interface using Hyundai parts, surely Maserati should do the same. While we appreciate the cost-saving aspect of parts-sharing, we can't get over the fact that the Levante has almost the same interface as the $25,000 Jeep Renegade.
Maserati doesn't claim specific figures for legroom and headroom, but five passengers can manage just fine. Given the ample wheelbase, space was never going to be an issue. Like most of its rivals, the Levante can easily accommodate five people, though the middle seat on the rear bench might feel tight for adults on a long journey. Getting in and out is easy, as is the case with most SUVs. Visibility is also good, but the rear window is on the small side. Thankfully, blind-spot alert is included as standard. There is ample adjustment offered on the front seats and the driver will easily be able to find a prime driving position.
|Maserati Levante Trims||GT||Modena||Modena S|
Leather seats are standard across the range, with color options including Nero, Cuoio, Sabbia, Nero with Grigio/Cuoio/Rosso stitching, Marrone with Grigio stitching, and Rosso with Nero stitching. You only get Nero (black) leather on the dashboard, but you can choose from Nero, Sabbia, and Grigio for the headliner, depending on trim level. Maserati also offers an Extended Full Leather Upholstery for $1,000, a Full Premium Perforated Leather Upholstery for $3,500, and - on the GT only - the Luxury Zegna Package of silk and leather in three color schemes (Nero/Grigio, Cuoio/Grigio, or Rosso/Grigio). The two Modena trims give access to the Zegna Pelletessuta leather in Cuoio/Nero, Nero/Grigio, or Marrone for $8,000, as well as Pieno Fiore natural leather for $5,000. Black PienoFiore leather with red or yellow contrast stitching is standard on F Tributo models.
Interior trims range from Gloss Dark Composite, Open Pore Radica Wood, normal or 3D carbon fiber, Metal Net, and high Gloss Ebano, with various prices attached, depending on the trim level. The carbon-fiber options become available from the Modena upwards, ranging in price from $2,500 for the normal to $3,000 for the 3D carbon fiber. High Gloss Metal Net is a $1,500 option on all trims. The 3D carbon fiber is exclusive to the Modena trims, and high gloss carbon fiber is standard on F Tributo models.
The Levante has 20.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with all the seats in place. Porsche's Cayenne offers 27.2 cubes, and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 has 33.3. While it may not be class-leading, the trunk is big enough for four full-size suitcases. On those odd occasions when you need more, the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split. This increases the cargo capacity to 57.4 cubic feet.
Interior storage is ample. Up front, you get a smartphone-sized slot beneath the climate control, a set of cupholders next to the gear lever, average door pockets, and a glove box. The storage bin in the center armrest is ventilated, keeping drinks cool on longer trips.
|Maserati Levante Trims||GT||Modena||Modena S|
|Trunk Width (Wheelhousings)||39.5 in.||39.5 in.||39.5 in.|
With a base price over $90,000, one would expect a lot of features as standard. Maserati includes 12-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, a refrigerated compartment under the center armrests, and a dash-top clock. Other niceties include keyless entry, remote start, a power liftgate, and parking sensors. From the base model, there are heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, the latter with power tilting/telescoping adjustment, as well as a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. Some of the previously optional safety features are now standard, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian recognition, and autonomous emergency braking.
Everything else requires you to fork over more money. Neither front-seat ventilation nor rear-seat heaters are standard on any trim this year and ticking these options requires additional options or packages. Soft-close doors are optionally available, too, as part of the Comfort & Convenience Package. If you want aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters, it's $550 extra. Sports pedals are now part of an optional package.
As mentioned, the Levante uses the same 8.4-inch touchscreen interface as many other Stellantis products. While this is one of the main gripes we have with the Levante, we have to admit that it's an above-average infotainment system. It's easy to understand and comes with Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. An eight-speaker sound system is standard on the GT and Modena, but the Modena S adds a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. A 1,280-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system is also available.