Maserati Levante review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
The V6 diesel engine helps to keep costs down; the petrol cars are more expensive to run
A few years ago, the idea of a diesel-powered Maserati would’ve sent shivers down the spine of Italian enthusiasts. The same could’ve been said of a trident-badged SUV, in fact. But now you can get both in one package.
The diesel is certainly the most affordable of the three engines to run. Not only is it the cheapest to buy, owners shouldn’t suffer too badly at the pumps, as its official combined fuel economy of 29.1mpg to 30mpg is much better than the petrols’. However, during an extensive week-long road test of the diesel model we achieved only 29.2mpg.
Higher emissions than the Cayenne will also have a bigger impact on business users. It pushes the Maserati into a Benefit-in-Kind bracket that's three levels higher than for the Porsche Cayenne. Add its higher purchase price, and top-rate fleet users will pay for the privilege of running a Levante over the Cayenne.
The petrol-powered models aren’t especially cheap to run: the entry-level V6 returns 20.7 to 22.4mpg on average with 278g/km of CO2; GranLusso and GranSport models return 20.9 to 22.4mpg and 273g/km. Trofeo and GTS models are the least efficient, returning 20.6 to 21.4mpg and emit a pretty hefty 308g/km of CO2.
Given the prestige badge and powerful engines, it's no surprise that the Levante sits in some of the highest insurance groups, so premiums will be high. Mind you, it's not bad compared to its rivals, and a like-for-like Porsche Cayenne Diesel sits in group 45.
Maserati is predicting strong residual values for its first SUV. No matter which spec you go for, official data suggests it’ll hold on to more than 50 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles. That’s around the same as an entry-level Porsche Cayenne, though higher-spec (and more expensive) models, will lose more value over the same period of time. An Audi Q7 retains closer to 40 per cent.
In this review
- 1Maserati Levante reviewThe Maserati Levante is competitively priced and a practical enough SUV to open the brand up to a new group of buyers
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Levante is fast enough, but it’s a shame there’s no super-quick Trofeo in the UK to give the Cayenne Turbo a run for its money
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe V6 diesel engine helps to keep costs down; the petrol cars are more expensive 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 SafetyBuild quality isn’t as good as you might expect, with the Levante’s German rivals beating it hands down for fit and finish