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, with official combined fuel economy of 31.0mpg. However, during an extensive week-long road test of the diesel model we achieved only 29.2mpg.
The petrol-powered models aren’t especially cheap to run: the entry-level V6 returns up to 22.6mpg on average with 269g/km of CO2. The GTS and Trofeo models are the least efficient, returning just 17.9mpg and 17.8mpg, respectively.
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 about on par compared to its rivals.
Maserati is predicting strong residual values for its first SUV. Official data suggests it’ll hold on to more than 50% 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.
In this review
- 1Maserati Levante reviewThe 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 offers frugal diesel power along with the super-quick petrol models
- 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