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FleetPoint Test Drive The Maserati Levante
by Ian Smith
4 April, 2017
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VERDICT: They have certainly captured the spirit of a Maserati here, although from the drivers seat I didn’t get to hear the exhaust note I would have liked. But saying that, luxury and comfort rule in this great SUV.
FLEETPOINT RATING: Four star rating
PRICE: £ 54,335
Style, Luxury, Prestige sports mode Expensive, Same look as other SUV's (e.g. Infiniti QX70 from behind)

Specification
Engine:
2987cc
Max Power:
4000rpm
Max torque:
2000-2600rpm
Top speed:
143mph
0-62mph:
6.1 sec
The Maserati Levante is a mid sized luxury SUV that opens up the lucrative SUV market to the Italian sports car lover. Comfort, speed and looks are top of the list for this SUV and without a doubt have captured the Maserati Spirit from its sporty Quatroporte brother. That sporting pedigree can be felt in every detail and corner.
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Performance
You see, its about the Maserati sound and distinctive exhaust note, the change of gear and the feel on the road like it could take your life if you don’t control it. There is no doubt the hydraulic steering and rear wheel drive take this SUV to the next level.

Off road the Levante can hold its own. Tricky mud, steep climbing and hill decent, all handled perfectly. But I don’t see this car being the workhorse on the farm. In fact the closest this beast will get to the mud is peering over the bushes at it as it passes the fields.
A petrol version is in the pipeline for next year and with no Hybrid option on the cards any time soon that’s it for the engine line up. I think we will manage!

A massive 8.4 inch touchscreen that runs a good business communications centre for the road warrior. With Apple CarPlay, Siri and Android Auto you can abide by the law and stick your phone in the glove box.

I say glove box, because if you put it in the chasm that opens up in the middle under the arm rest, you might never see it again, its so big! With no way to organise it, I think this will become a place you will spend your life exploring for that thing you cant quite remember where you put.
Space
There are bags of space inside. I know my kids would love the luxury feel in the back. Plenty of room for three large rugby playing in there too.
Running Cost
With just a 3.0 litre turbo diesel option here at the moment in the UK, this can be very diesel like in its noise in the Lavante’s normal drive mode. Switch that over to Sport and that’s when you awake the inner Maserati.

You see, its about the Maserati sound and distinctive exhaust note, the change of gear and the feel on the road like it could take your life if you don’t control it. There is no doubt the hydraulic steering and rear wheel drive take this SUV to the next level.

A petrol version is in the pipeline for next year and with no Hybrid option on the cards any time soon that’s it for the engine line up. I think we will manage!
Conclusion
A luxurious comfortable ride with sports car handling. They have certainly captured the spirit of a Maserati here, although from the drivers seat I didn’t get to hear the exhaust note I would have liked. But saying that, luxury and comfort rule in this great SUV
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