Is there anything interesting about its design?
The Levante looks exactly how a Maserati SUV should – that trademark gaping grille adorned with the trident badge, the blade-like headlights and tail lights which also ooze family traits, the long bonnet and cab-back profile, the vents that dot down the front wheel-arch towards those massive haunches at the rear.
At 5003mm long, 2158mm wide (including mirrors) and 1679mm, the Levante S is big. In the morning when it steps out of the shower and onto the scales it looks down and sees 2109kg.
The Levante is an imposing SUV and if it was my money I’d definitely go for the GranSport pack because it accentuates that “I’m going to eat you” look even more with its piano-black finish to the grille bars, 21-inch wheels which fit those guards perfectly (the 19s look too tiny).
I haven’t been a major fan of Maserati interiors in the past because they seemed fussy, with too many fabrics and textures and bits that seemed out of place – maybe that’s just me, but since the Ghibli came along, the cabins have become far better in my eyes.
The Levante S’s cockpit is sumptuous, elegant and put together well. I love the leather upholstery dash in the S GranSport, ours had the option carbon trim inserts which wasn’t overdone.
Letting things down a bit for me are things you may not notice – unless you’ve owned a Jeep. See, Maserati is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and so is Jeep - and while the Levante is based on the Ghibli platform and not a Jeep, there are interior elements which it does share with Jeep. The display screen, the climate control switches, window buttons, start button… There’s nothing wrong with that - it’s just hard to ‘unsee’.