MASERATI

MASERATI LEVANTE ESTATE SPECIAL EDITION V8 MC Edition 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2317 g/km

The Levante is a luxury SUV from a brand you possibly wouldn't expect to be making such a thing. It's a luxury crossover with rather exotic genes. And the car that in recent years has almost completely sustained its maker, Maserati.

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Maserati has evolved its Levante luxury SUV. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

The Levante is a luxury SUV from a brand you possibly wouldn't expect to be making such a thing. It's a luxury crossover with rather exotic genes. And the car that in recent years has almost completely sustained its maker, Maserati.

Background

It's mark of the rise and rise of the SUV that every single luxury brand now knows it has to have such a thing within its model portfolio. Maserati has been dabbling with the idea for years, showing its Kubang concept at motorshows as long ago as 2003. The brand finally got around to updating this Giugiaro prototype in 2011, but it took until 2016 to get it into production, badged as the Levante. Was the wait worthwhile? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The key news here is that you can no longer have a diesel engine in this car - which is significant because that's what most UK Levante customers have so far chosen. In place of the previous 271hp 3.0-litre VM Motori V6 diesel is a petrol Hybrid unit. The electrification offered with the 'GT Hybrid' variant in question is of the 'mild' 48-volt form, so this core Levante derivative can't ever run without the aid of its 2.0-litre 330hp four cylinder engine. But said powerplant is decently rapid,particularly if you slot the drivetrain into its 'Sport' mode. The engine drives through the rear wheels only via an 8-speed ZF auto gearbox. Next up are two versions of the brand's Ferrari-derived 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6; a 350hp variant in the 'Modena' model, which makes 62mph in 6.0s en route to 156mph. And a 430hp version of the same powerplant in the Modena S, which improves those figures to 5.2s and 164mph. At the top of the range is the 580hp 3.8-litre V8 used by the most desirable Trofeo model, which reduces the rest to 62mph time to just 4.1s en route to 187mph. Whatever your engine choice, on the move, what's unusual about this car is the way that it's constantly able to monitor the location of its centre of gravity. Every time you turn the wheel, the Levante is able to determine the load it's carrying and work out what that'll do to its centre of gravity. It'll then continuously adjust its air springs and electronic dampers to suit. As a result, Maserati claims that this car understeers less than any of its rivals, this helped by a 51:49 front-rear weight distribution and a 4x4 driveline that sends 90% of the engine's torque to the back axle by default. If a lack of traction demands it, this proportion can be adjusted in just 150 milliseconds, these continuous shiftings visible on an attractive instrument cluster graphic. Can you go off-road in a Levante? Actually yes. This Maserati comes with adjustable ride height, hill-descent control and lots of torque. Plus there's plenty of wheel travel and a couple of off-road modes. But if you seriously take to the undergrowth in this Italian SUV, you'd be a brave buyer.

Design and Build

This car is based on Maserati's Kubang concept. That prototype was originally supposed to run on Jeep hardware and be built in the US. In the event, the Levante is actually put together from Maserati bits and is screwed together in Italy at Fiat's huge Mirafiori plant in Turin. Aluminium is extensively used around the structure and the bodywork - you'll find it in the doors, the tailgate and the bonnet for example. Despite that, the Levante is still a pretty heavy thing, tipping the scales at over 2.2-tonnes - which makes it significantly heavier than rivals like the Range Rover Sport or the Porsche Cayenne. Open the frameless doors then step inside and you'll find the Levante's cabin furnishings as sumptuous as you'd expect those in a Maserati to be. Owners should love the leather-upholstered dashboard and the high-set driving position, while the infotainment system is more convincing than that found in Maserati's saloons. There's a Mercedes-like single stalk controlling indicators, wipers and main beam, while behind the smart steering wheel, there's a pair of alloy gearchange paddles. There's comfortable room for two in the back, as you'd expect. And the powered tailgate rises to reveal a 580-litre boot,extendable to 1,625-litres with the rear bench folded.

Market and Model

You'll pay around £70,000 for the base 330hp GT Hybrid version and around £80,000 for the 350hp Modena model. We can see those figures tempting some buyers in the large luxury SUV sector. That pitches the Levante right into the heart of the BMW X5 / Mercedes GLE / Range Rover Sport / Volvo XC90 segment - and it's certainly a more exclusive choice than any of those SUVs. The V6 Modena S with 430hp will demand over £91,000 from you. And the top V8-engined 580hp Levante Trofeo will need a cool £127,000 budget. Equipment levels include as standard leather trim and all of the usual executive niceties. Plus from a dynamic perspective, there's self-levelling suspension, height-adjustable air springs and electronic dampers, torque vectoring and a limited-slip rear differential. And of course, there's plenty of scope for buyer personalisation with a wide range of optional equipment including a Zegna Mulberry Silk interior.

Cost of Ownership

You don't think about buying a Maserati luxury SUV, then worry too much about the cost of running it. Still, if you're interested, the Italian brand reckons that the Levante Hybrid can cut emissions by 18% over the non-electrified 3.0-litre V6 offered further up the range. The GT Hybrid's quoted CO2 range is still nothing to write home about though, rated at between 231-252g/km. The combined fuel figure is 27.4mpg. You won't do as well as that with a 3.0-litre V6 model of course. the Modena manages up to 295g/km of CO2 and a mere 21.6mpg. For the Modena S V6, it's curiously slightly better - 281g/km and 22.7mpg. For the V8 Trofeo, it's a smoky 327g/km and 19.4mpg. Now that Maserati has established its SUV credentials, the used market should be quite comfortable when the time comes to sell this Levante. As a result, residual values should be strong thanks to the car's relative rarity. And the engines are proven Fiat Group units, so are unlikely to cause any issues.

Summary

We can see the Levante continuing to introduce a whole new raft of buyers to the Maserati brand. Yes, a car like this will enrage the brand's purists, but they won't keep the company afloat. As Porsche proved with the Cayenne, a successful luxury SUV can do exactly that - and provide the funds for future Maserati models more in keeping with what we expect from the marque. In the meantime, if you're in the market for a large petrol luxury SUV and want something deliciously different, put one of these on your wishlist. You'll enjoy it.

  • Rain sensor
  • Rear wiper
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Front and rear electric windows with one touch/anti pinch
  • Rear laminated privacy glass with high thermal and noise insulation
  • Demist sensor
  • Laminated front glass with high thermal and noise insulation
  • Heated windscreen washer nozzles

  • Hill holder
  • Maserati Stability Programme (MSP) with ASR, ABS, EBD, BAS and MSR
  • Increased Control and Efficiency (I.C.E)
  • Brake calipers in blue
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill descent control
  • All wheel drive intelligent Q4 system with torque vectoring
  • Integrated vehicle control
  • Ventilated and cross drilled brakes with 380mm X 34m with 6 piston fixed callipers at front, 345mm X 28mm with 4 piston fixed callipers at rear

  • Trofeo floormats

  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Skyhook - Electronically variable active damping suspension system
  • High double wishbone front suspension with 5-arm multilink rear suspension

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • SIRI smart personal assistant

  • Drive mode selector
  • Front and rear parking sensors with graphical display on central digital cluster
  • Sport mode setting via sport button
  • Surround view camera system
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist and active blind spot assist
  • Corsa mode setting with launch control via sport button
  • Off road mode setting via off road button
  • Electric power steering with speed sensitive features

  • Kick sensor for power tailgate
  • Stop/start system

  • Service indicator
  • Maserati dash mounted design specific clock
  • 7" multifunction digital display cluster with on-board computer and driver information
  • Instrument cluster in black with white retro illuminated dials
  • Maserati connected services including connect app, maintenance, emergency call, breakdown call, Maserati guide, drive and guard
  • Maserati Touch Control + 8.4" touchscreen display with rotary control, include Android Automotive OS, Nav system, DAB radio, Bluetooth, AHA, Car setup

  • Electrochromatic electrically adjustable foldable and heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED indicator lights
  • Automatic dimming door mirrors
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Automatic dimming interior mirror

  • Side skirts with carbon fibre insert, front and rear sport fascias with carbon fibre inserts
  • MC Edition blue carbon fibre interior trim

  • Bowers and Wilkins premium surround systems with 17 speakers and clari-Fi function

  • Trofeo Specific engine cover in carbon fibre
  • Sport rear spoiler in body colour
  • Air shutter control
  • Electric panoramic sunroof
  • Chrome effect boot sill finishers
  • Chrome line exterior
  • Rear side wing doors
  • MC Edition exterior trim
  • Unique tri-coat paint
  • MC Edition specific interior badge
  • Front grille with double vertical grille bars in piano black finish with bezel in black chrome finish
  • Rear steel door sills
  • Twin, dual pipe exhaust system with dark finish
  • Trofeo specific engine bonnet with air vents
  • Body colour lower mouldings - lower bumpers, wheels arches and sides

  • Full LED adaptive matrix headlights with anti glare high beam assist
  • Black fog lights ring
  • LED tail lights and third stop light
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dark taillights
  • LED front and rear foglights

  • Four zone climate control
  • Air quality sensor

  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • 3 spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • Alcantara headlining
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Soft close doors
  • One 12V socket and two USB sockets for rear passengers
  • Air conditioned front passenger glove box with USB Socket
  • Power height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals
  • Pieno fiore semi anline natural leather upholstery with instrument cowl, upper/lower dashboard, armrests, door handles, upper and central door panel
  • Maserati active shifting aluminium gear shift paddles
  • Front armrest with twin mechanical opening, with illuminated storage compartment, air conditioned and 12V socket
  • Nero heated leather sport steering wheel
  • Front illuminated stainless steel door sills

  • Front and rear courtesy lamps, footwell lights and door panel handle LED lights

  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger side, window Airbags
  • Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, rear seat belts with load limiters
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with pressure displayed within the central digital cluster
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Rear door child safety locks

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat
  • Front seat ventilation
  • Easy entry/exit system
  • Rear seats with ski hatch
  • Single front passenger seat
  • 3 bench rear seats in 2nd row
  • 12 way power front sports seats with two memory settings for driver side

  • Extended keyless entry for rear doors
  • Vodafone stolen vehicle recovery with automatic driver recognition and remote inhibition
  • Perimeter alarm system including volumetric sensing, anti-lift device and electronic immobiliser
  • Aluminium key fob, with key-less entry and key-less go function with (lock/unlock button, boot opening and exterior light on)

  • Mechanical limited slip differential
  • ZF 8 speed automatic transmission with tip up/down function from gear knob and fully manual mode

  • Driver and passenger sunvisor with mirror and courtesy light

  • Summer tyres

  • 22" Orione miron forged staggered alloy wheels with gloss black finish

  • Fix and go tyre sealing compound and electric air compressor

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 492
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 327
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 272
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 286
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 317
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 492
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 503
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 327
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 339
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 272
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 285
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 286
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 299
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 330
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 317
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 86.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80.8
  • CC: 3799
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 13
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 19.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 23.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 22.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 20.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 13
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 12.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 19.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 18.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 23.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 22.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 22.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 21.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 20.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 19.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 21.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 14.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 12
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 12.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 14
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 21.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 22.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 14.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 15
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 12
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 12.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 12.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 13.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 14
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 14.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 90548
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 580
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.8
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: MC Edition
  • Coin Description: V8
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 4

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.1
  • Top Speed: 188
  • Engine Power - BHP: 580
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 427
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 538
  • Engine Torque - NM: 730
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 74.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: ORIONE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 5020
  • Width: 1981
  • Wheelbase: 3004
  • Width (including mirrors): 2158
  • Height: 1698
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 580
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2170
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1625
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • Unique tri-coat - Giallo corse: £0
  • Unique tri-coat - Blu vittoria: £0

  • Pieno fiore semi aniline natural leather - Nero: £0

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