I think we have to talk looks first because… Maserati. The Levante is a beautiful looking car, and I don’t say that lightly because SUVs do not look like sports cars, nor will they ever. But Maserati has managed to transcend the boxiness of the SUV and imbue traditional Italian style into an SUV’s body, with lush curves that are almost Rubenesque. It’s a big car but is still elegant.
The interiors are just as good. The GranSport I drove was dual toned in brown and black leather, and had a luxurious finish. The seats are made from smooth, quality leather, as is the steering wheel which is beautiful to hold - something I think makes for a great daily driving experience.
The dash upholstery is finished in an extra special brown and black nubuck leather. An old-school speedo display (together with a digital read-out) makes it retro cool and reminds you that you’re actually in a sports car.
The centre console is well thought out and designed, and everything has an A1 premium finish. The gear-shifter and centre storage are quite high for an SUV. You usually have a bit more elbow room in the bigger cars, but the compact design is in line with a smaller, sporty feel. It has a large sunroof which makes the whole cabin feel light and airy.