2020 Maserati Levante

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2020 Maserati Levante Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 28, 2020
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Bhavik Sreenath

Automotive Journalist

The Levante is Maserati’s take on the fast luxury SUV, a category which has taken off and gained a lot of popularity in recent years largely due to the practicality and intimidation factor that comes with an SUV and it is safe to say that Maserati has nailed it with the Levante. 

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Pros

Ferrari built V8 power plant

Exquisite Exhaust Rumble

Excellent ride and handling

Maserati badge on an SUV

Cons

High Pricetag

Not as reliable as its arch-rivals

It's a gas guzzler and a thirsty one at that

What's New?

The Levante has received a mild facelift for the 2020 model year along with the addition of a special edition model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$77500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

345 hp @ 5750 rpm

torque

369 lbs.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

118.3 in.

length

197 in.

width

78 in.

height

66.7 in.

curb weight

4650 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108 cu ft.

cargo volume

57.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5952 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/21 mpg

ev range

316.5 mi.

highway range

443.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

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Bianco

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

7.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Maserati Levante Base

Base

power
345 hp @ 5750 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$74,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $74,490 MSRP (15/17/21) 345 hp @ 5750 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Maserati Levante GranLusso

GranLusso

power
345 hp @ 5750 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$80,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GranLusso 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $80,490 MSRP (15/17/21) 345 hp @ 5750 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Maserati Levante GranSport

GranSport

power
345 hp @ 5750 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$80,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GranSport 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $80,490 MSRP (15/17/21) 345 hp @ 5750 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Maserati Levante S

S

power
424 hp @ 5750 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$85,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $85,490 MSRP (15/17/21) 424 hp @ 5750 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Maserati Levante S GranSport

S GranSport

power
424 hp @ 5750 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$90,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S GranSport 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $90,490 MSRP (15/17/21) 424 hp @ 5750 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Maserati Levante S GranLusso

S GranLusso

power
424 hp @ 5750 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$90,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S GranLusso 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $90,490 MSRP (15/17/21) 424 hp @ 5750 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.7

Overall Rating


The Levante now gets a new platform that aims to stir up the midsize luxury SUV segment. Maserati aims to do it by throwing in a glorious Ferrari built V8 into the mix and it seems to be working in Maserati’s favor so far as they have managed to rack up a substantial amount of sales with their Levante range since its inception back in 2017.

The Levante’s primary competitors are the Porsche Cayenne, Audi’s Q7 and the new kid in the block which is Jaguar’s F-pace.

2020 Maserati Levante SUV Front View
2020 Maserati Levante SUV Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 
 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Maserati Levante Features

7.0/10

For 2020, Maserati is offering the Levante in a total of 4 trims. The standard Levante comes in 2 trims- Base and S. However, people who would want a spicier version of the Levante, could any day opt-in for the GTS or the Trofeo trims that start at a premium of nearly $40,000 over the Levante S.

Trims Base GranSport GranLusso Levante S S GranLusso S GranSport
MSRP (AWD) $74,490 $80,490 $80,490 $83,990 $90,490 $90,490
Key Features Power liftgate with keyless opening Adds/Upgrades from Base trim Adds/Upgrades to GrandSport trim Adds/Upgrades to GrandLusso trim Adds/Upgrades to s trim Adds/Upgrades to S GranLusso trim
  Automatic Bi-xenon headlights with LED foglights and taillights     Heated, power-adjustable and folding ORVM's with LED turn signals    
  19" machine-polished aluminum alloys     Twin-dual pipe exhausts    
  8.4" touchscreen system with USB, AUX, Bluetooth     Heated rear window    
  Apple carplay and Android Auto connectivity     Push-button start with engine start/stop    
  7" multifunction display on the instrument cluster     Cooled glove box    
  Dual-pane panoramic sunroof     Chrome front grille    
  Leather interior upholstery and gear lever     Leather interior upholstery with stitching    
  Power-adjustable, heated, black leather steering wheel     Aluminum paddle shifters on the steering column    
  12-way front power adjust and heated leather seats with 2-position driver memory     Anti-pinch sensors for windows    

Which trim do we recommend?

We recommend the Levante S with the Grand Sports pack as it manages to strike the perfect balance between power and creature comforts at a reasonable price point.

2020 Maserati Levante Engine and Performance

Maserati has equipped the Levante with three tasteful engine options. For starters, there's a V6 power plant that puts out a respectable 345 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque in the base variant of Levante petrol which in the S variant is bumped up to a healthy 430 horsepower and 428 ib-ft of torque. The GTS variant adds serious performance to the mix with its 550 horsepower twin-turbo V8 and a manic 538lb-ft of torque.

2020 Maserati Levante SUV has a 3 Liter Twin Turbo V6 Engine

The Trofeo, in essence, is a full-blown supercar that likes to dress up as an SUV. with a 590 horsepower V8 under the hood and 538 lb.-ft of torque, it is quite capable of shifting a planet out of its access.

Model

Maserati Levante

Porsche Cayenne

Audi Q7

Jaguar F Pace

MSRP

$74,490

$78,450

$66,375

$60,770

Engine

3 Liter Twin Turbo V6

3.6 Liter Twin Turbo V6

3 Liter Twin Turbo V6

3 Liter Supercharged V6

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

345hp@5,750rpm

420hp@6,000rpm

333hp@5,500rpm

380hp@6,500rpm

Torque

369lb-ft@1,750rpm

406lb-ft@1,350rpm

325lb-ft@2,900rpm

332lb-ft@4,500rpm

*2019 Figures used for reference purposes only

The comparisons mentioned in tables are between the entry-level variants of some of these SUVs as they are similarly priced, however, both the Maserati and the Porsche are available in manic specs which are the Trofeo and the Turbo S respectively. In this category of SUVs, it is hard to beat the Cayenne in terms of driving dynamics however the Levante comes pretty close to offer similar amounts of thrills as the throw bread Porsche SUV. The Jaguar is undeniably the best bang for your buck proposition here with its supercharged V6 which gives the F-pace its distinct and highly likeable driving dynamics.

How fast is it?

The Maserati with its brawny proportions sure does not resemble the idea of a fast car, courtesy its huge SUV proportions and its high ground clearance. But all that changes at the press of a button which puts the engine into psychopath mode and propels this 2.2 tonne SUV to 60 under 6 seconds.

Levante's acceleration is impressive, to say the least.

When you compare the Levante against its rivals, you won't be left disappointed with the same. There is enough power on tap at all times and you won't be left out of breath.

Models

Maserati Levante 

Porsche Cayenne

Audi Q7

Jaguar F Pace 

0-60 MPH

5.8 sec

5.9 sec

5.5 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.0 sec

12.3 sec

14.7 sec

13 sec

Top Speed 156 MPH 155 MPH 155 MPH 155 MPH

Engine

3 Liter Twin Turbo V6

3.6150 Liter Twin Turbo V6

3 Liter Twin Turbo V6

3 Liter Supercharged V6

How well does it stop?

The Levante is equipped with 14.9-inch brake rotors in front and 12.9 inches in the rear. These are definitely bigger than the competition. These massive brakes help the Levante to come to halt from 60 MPH in 118 feet.

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Model

Maserati Levante 

Porsche Cayenne

Audi Q7

Jaguar F Pace 

Brake Rotors Front

14.9"

14.2"

13.8"

12.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

12.9"

13"

14.8"

12.8"

Curb Weight

4650 lbs

4597 lbs

4938 lbs

4102 lbs

60-0 MPH

118 ft 

106 ft

112ft

121 ft

The Levante does not offer the best braking performance off the bat especially when you take the size of the rotors into consideration. The GTS and Trofeo variants take care of the breaking department using their Maserati branded Brembo brakes.

What about the driving dynamics?

SUVs aren't known for their sport ride or handling, but the Levante will be happy to change that stereotype. The Levante is the jack of all trades as it offers a sublime ride quality but all that changes with the press of a button. The Levante with its state of the art all-wheel-drive system acts as an RWD through and through only when the system detects a slip does it send power to its front wheels to compensate for the loss in traction.

The handling of the Levante is sure to make you smile

This implies that the Levante can hold ground like nobody's business and carry speeds through the corner like you never imagined possible with an SUV but the rear wheel bias also lets it slide its backend even with the traction control enabled.

2020 Maserati Levante Fuel Economy

3.0/10

The fuel efficiency is where the Levante truly disappoints. Even with the smaller V6 power plant, the Levante is unable to match its rivals with more powerful engines. At 14 miles per gallon, it sits in the supercar territory in terms of fuel economy rather than sharing ground with its direct rivals.

Model

Maserati Levante

Porsche Cayenne

Audi Q7

Jaguar F Pace

MPG (City)

14

17

19

18

MPG (Highway)

20

24

25

23

MPG (Combined)

16

20

21

20

Fuel Capacity 21.1 gallons 23.7 gallons N/A 21.7 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 317/443/337 miles 450/545/474 miles N/A 391/499/434 miles

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K Mi/year

10.4

8.8

10.3

9.8 

2020 Maserati Levante Interior

7.0/10

The Levante is every bit a Maserati with an interior that is riddled with Italian-ness and if you are not from Italy, it is simply known as flaws. For starter, the electronically adjustable seats of the Levante are not supportive by any means along with a seatback that moves if you end up adjusting the headrest. But its not all bad news as the interior of the Levante is riddled with FCA elements such as the infotainment screen and even the MID display which looks like its been lifted staring out of a Dodge Charger. This means that the infotainment might not be the fanciest of the lot but it sure gets the job done without any drama. The climate control stack could also use some TLC to go with the rest of the interior. However, the quality of the leather is top-notch and the options that Maserati offers in terms of the customizability are commendable.

The seats are very comfortable and premium

The rear-seat passengers are also served up plenty of space and the addition of the panoramic sunroof does aid in the airiness of the cabin. All in all the Levanti's cabin might not be a match to its German counterparts but it promises to look more flamboyant than any SUV interior you have ever come across.

Models

Maserati Levante 

Porsche Cayenne

Audi Q7

Jaguar F Pace 

Seating Capacity

5

5

7

5

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

39.6/58.9/NA

38.4/59.5/41.7

37.8/57.7/40.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

N/A 

38.8/58.5/38.8

37.5/55.8/37.2

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

N/A

35.9/49.4/29.2 

N/A

What's there to keep you entertained?

The FCA derived infotainment might not be the best in the business but it is easy to use and comes with the best Apple car play interface of any infotainment. The dual-layered scroll wheel setup which is used for navigating through the interface might take some getting used to but overall it is a well-rounded unit.

There are lots of tech on offer inside the Levante

Some of the key features of the infotainment are as follows:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth 
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Rearview camera

How much cargo can it carry?

The Maserati Levante does offer a decent amount of cargo space but it is not large enough. At 19.4 cubic ft, it is way below what an SUV should provide.

Model

Maserati Levante

Porsche Cayenne

Audi Q7

Jaguar F Pace

Cargo Capacity

19.4 cu.ft.

23.7 cu.ft.

14.8 cu.ft

33.5 cu.ft.

In a head-on comparison, the Levante falls behind its direct competitors as it has the least cargo capacity. The Audi’s 14.8 cubic ft of the cargo area can be drastically improved to 37.2 cubic ft by folding down the third row of seats. At this price point, a Maserati SUV is expected to have a decent amount of cargo area and the Levate disappoints.

What are the different creature comforts on offer on the inside?

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Proximity key
  • Push-button start
  • Rearview camera
  • Power liftgate
2020 Maserati Levante SUV Dashboard
2020 Maserati Levante SUV Dashboard
2020 Maserati Levante SUV Steering wheel
2020 Maserati Levante SUV Steering wheel
2020 Maserati Levante SUV  Alcantara headliner
2020 Maserati Levante SUV Alcantara headliner
2020 Maserati Levante SUV tan leather interior
2020 Maserati Levante SUV tan leather interior
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2020 Maserati Levante SUV wood finished door pannels
2020 Maserati Levante SUV headrest
2020 Maserati Levante SUV headrest

2020 Maserati Levante Exterior

8.5/10

The Levante is an angry-looking SUV especially if you take a look at its striking front fascia. The Levante is nevertheless unmistakably Maserati with a massive scooped out front grill that bears the famous trident.

The aggressive design of the Levante

The rear profile can be traced back to most of the Maserati’s currently in production such as the Ghibli and the Gran Turismo with their signature outline styled lights.

The overall profile is by no means the most appealing but the Levante manages to exude an air of elegance which is expected with any vehicle wearing the Maserati badge.

Models

Maserati Levante 

Porsche Cayenne

Audi Q7

Jaguar F Pace 

Curb Weight

4650 lbs

4597 lbs

4938 lbs

4102 lbs

Length

197"

191.1"

199.6"

186.3"

Width

77.5"

78.7"

77.5"

81.5"

Height

66.1"

67.4"

68.5"

65"

Ground

Clearance

8.0"

8.5"

8.1"

8.4"

Wheelbase

118.3"

114"

117.9"

113.1"

In terms of the competition, the F-Pace is the lightest and the Audi sits at the very top of the weight scale but in spite of its weight disadvantage, the Q7 manages to give better gas mileage overall than the Maserati. But as far as sheer street presence goes, it is hard to miss the Levante rolling down the road.

What are the most notable Exterior features?

  • Automatic Bi-Xenon headlights
  • LED fog-lights and tail-lights
  • 19" machine polished aluminium alloys
  • Dual twin-pipe exhausts
  • Heated, power-folding ORVM's with integrated LED turn indicators
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2020 Maserati Levante Safety

7.0/10

As Maserati is part of FCA, safety has taken priority with all-new Maserati vehicles. As a result, Maserati has packed the Levante with a tonne of safety gear as standard which includes:

  • Six airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Adaptive Front Lighting
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assist, Highway Assist System (HAS)
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Surround-View Camera
  • Forward Collision Warning Plus
  • Rear Cross Path Function
  • Front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera
  • Hill holder and Hill Descent Control

IIHS and NHTSA have not yet rated this vehicle

2020 Maserati Levante Competition

Maserati Levante Vs Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche has been the benchmark for high-performance SUVs since its inception back in 2003. The Cayenne with its recent updates has taken the high-performance SUV game to another level which is why the Maserati struggles to match up to the Porsche in a head-on battle. But the Levante does redeem itself with its symphonic V8. 

2020 Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante VS Audi Q7

The Audi is based on VW’s versatile MLB platform which has proven its roadworthiness in various iterations. It might not be as entertaining to drive as the Levante but the Maserati is no match for Audi’s top-notch build quality and practicality it has on offer.

2020 Audi Q7

Maserati Levante VS Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar might seem like the underdog in this group due to its clear power disadvantage but the point to note is that it's not just the lightest but also the cheapest and though the supercharged V6 might not be as symphonic as the glorious V8 found in the higher end Levantes it does have a sound that's simply addictive.

2020 Jaguar F-Pace

2020 Maserati Levante Final Verdict

The midsize luxury SUV market has grown dramatically over the past few years and Maserati’s first attempt to capture the segment is far from perfect. The build quality is subpar and the interior feels cheap. Maserati offers the least amount of cargo space out of the four cars and the rear seats don’t feel supportive. Porsche offers more performance, reliability, and practicality at a comparable price.