Maserati Levante review - Reliability and safety
Build quality isn’t as good as you might expect, with the Levante’s German rivals beating it hands down for fit and finish
Maserati has big sales ambitions for the Levante, with the SUV set to open the brand up to more customers. It's still a low-volume manufacturer in the UK though, so it didn’t feature in our most recent annual Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Build quality is good in some places but patchy in others, and overall it’s some way off rivals from Porsche or Audi.
The car should be safe, though. Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested it, but the Ghibli, a car with which it shares much of its mechanical architecture, was awarded the maximum five-star rating when it was tested in 2013. The Levante gets six airbags as standard, and each of the outer rear seats is equipped with Isofix child seat mountings.
For an extra £2,300, the Driver Assistance Pack Plus adds a range of safety features, including a surround view camera, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, traffic sign recognition, and ‘Highway Assist’. Highway Assist mixes adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist, which enables the Levante to drive autonomously on dual carriageways and motorways for short periods.
LED Matrix headlights were introduced in the 2018 updates, giving drivers a significantly better view of the road ahead at night, without dazzling oncoming traffic.
The Maserati Levante’s three-year, unlimited mileage warranty is competitive, and beats the Audi Q7’s three-year/60,000-mile guarantee. Porsche, BMW and Mercedes all offer the same cover – and, according to historical data, are likely to suffer fewer niggles during the first few years.
Maserati offers fixed-price servicing from £599, as well as three-year servicing packages from around £1,500. Service intervals of 12 months or 12,500 miles mean you’ll be visiting your dealer fairly regularly, though at the time of writing there are just 16 dealers spread across the length and breadth of the UK – meaning getting your car there might prove troublesome. However, as most Maserati dealers are joint franchises with Ferrari workshops, it'll feel like an event every time you take your car in for work.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Maserati Levante SUV is competitively priced, and practical enough to open the brand up to a new group of buyers
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Levante SUV is heavy, but still super-quick, thanks to powerful petrol engines
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThere's no hiding from it - the Maserati Levante will be an expensive SUV to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyDespite arriving in 2016, the Levante’s cabin feels dated and not that well built. The touchscreen is versatile, but kit is expensive
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Maserati Levante is a deceptively big car, but with only five seats it can’t rival cars like the Audi Q7 for versatility
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingBuild quality isn’t as good as you might expect, with the Levante’s German rivals beating it hands down for fit and finish