Maserati Levante SUV potential

Obviously the Levante carries a suitably luxurious price tag too. Maserati say prices for the petrol version will start at just over £70,000 – against the 3.0 V6 diesel’s £54,335 – which automatically places it outside the reach of all but the luckiest company car drivers.

You should also bear in mind that as soon as you even look at the options list that number is only going in one direction.

It’s inevitable that under the current CO2-based tax system a big, powerful petrol engine is going to carry a premium, couple that with the P11D value and the Maserati Levante is going to be costly. On the plus side it is a Maserati and that says a lot about the driver, all of it good.

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|Maserati Levante
  • Ferrari-built 3-litre twin turbo petrol V6
  • 430hp for 5sec 0-60, max 164mph
  • Active air suspension and AWD standard
  • SUV practicality with Maserati luxury
  • Priced from £70,755

MASERATI’S SUV has been available in the UK since last year but only came in diesel, great for efficiency, but lacking the performance to take on the more powerful models from its rivals – until now with the Maserati Levante SUV potential unleashed with petrol turbo power.

It was perfectly capable of competing in terms of luxury and refinement, prices were on par with those of equally luxurious models, but with only one engine choice the Levante SUV was always limited.

Now it has a petrol engine all of its own with a significant power upgrade on the current diesel unit so Maserati can now provide the best of both worlds: economy for some; massive lumps of performance for others.

The V6 petrol is only a 3.0-litre, ‘only’ being a relative term, but the twin turbo configuration boosts the power to 430hp, 155hp more than the diesel. A top speed of 164mph and 0-60mph in a touch over five seconds brings the Levante bang in line with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne GTS. You would expect no less from an engine built by Ferrari.

It sounds absolutely superb too. There’s a short audio clip on Maserati’s website if you want a sample, just remember to turn down the volume in case the howls and barks disturb your colleagues.

The Levante also has active air suspension with varying ride heights, an eight-speed gearbox, and Maserati’s intelligent Q4 all-wheel drive system as standard so handling the extra power and getting it onto the ground is well within its capabilities. Finally the Levante can unleash the performance required to step up a level.

Beyond the performance there is nothing to choose between the two versions of the Levante. The exterior looks astonishingly good and the interior is elegantly crafted and beautifully finished.

The options list is filled with premium leather, handcrafted contrast stitching, fine woods, carbon fibre, and polished metals. The technology options are equally expansive and to top it off that iconic trident badge carries a certain understated dignity all of its own.

 

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