VERDICT FEATURES & FUNCTIONALITY
Our real review begins with a grocery test and the Levante being a first-timer SUV does well here too. Open up the tailgate and you’ll find a conveniently square-shaped cargo bay with 580 litres of space. Having a flat loading lip and foldable rear seats help. There is an under tray for your odds and ends, too. Between two vertical air vents is an Fca-scoured infotainment system with a responsive 8.4-inch screen and some good intuitiveness built into the system; it is a big improvement over the Ghibli. It also has an easy arrangement to link up your phone via Bluetooth if you’d rather play your tunes over choices of local RJS. In case you find yourself in your own company, you can fill up the cabin with loads of bass via the Bowers & Wilkins that uses a 1,280W amplifier and 17 speakers.
The fact that HVAC controls are all physical and that there is a knob for volume makes the Levante’s cabin an ergonomic set-up. Like other FCA products, like Jeep and Dodge, you have concealed buttons for volume and radio stations behind the wheel that are easy to engage.
As expected, with the premium price comes some novel safety features —like Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Forward Collision Warning and Brake Assist System, Lane Departure Warning and Surround View camera with a rather livid perspective, to name a few.
5.2In the raging super SUV battle, the 2017 Maserati Levante S throws a surprise punch. Its trident badge and re-bodied coupe-inspired exteriors will win the hearts of your friends, while its sorted chassis and erratic-but-frantic power delivery will remind you of Maserati’s racing heritage.
Some plastic bits mar the luxury feel and the space-riddled rear seating and suspicious off-road calibre means that it does not fulfill SUV expectations completely. But, overall, as an alternative to the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5, it fares decently well.