2017 Maserati Levante vs 2017 BMW X5

2017 Maserati Levante vs 2017 BMW X5

2017 Maserati Levante 2017 BMW X5
HORSEPOWER
  345 hp 300 hp
TORQUE
  369 lb-ft. 300 lb-ft.
SATELITE RADIO
  Standard Optional

2017 Maserati Levante vs 2017 BMW X5

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What happens when Maserati starts making SUVs? The 2017 Maserati Levante is here to answer the question. Car and Driver writes that it is distinct from every SUV that precedes it. The reviewer also rated the new Levante as better than the BMW X5. This comparison guide indicates that Maserati should have gotten into the utility vehicle game sooner.

PERFORMANCE

The Levante offers two different three-liter turbo V-6 engines. Regardless of your choice, you get the Maserati’s exclusive ZF eight-speed automatic. The first twin-turbo V-6 generates 345 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. This smart powertrain runs the sprint in 5.8 seconds. Tweaking the intake, exhaust, and software, the other twin turbo V-6 cranks out 424 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque, reducing sprint times to five seconds flat. By comparison, the BMW X5 has a 300-horsepower inline V-6. It has a 445 horsepower engine, but it must use a V-8 to beat the power outlay that Maserati does with its twin turbo V6. When it comes to durability, these SUVs have been tested in some of the toughest climates on earth. In addition to withstanding extreme heat and extreme cold, the engines must stand up to intense track speeds.

HANDLING

The BMW X5 claims good handling, but we think you’ll find that the Levante has more tools to help you enjoy your driving experience. Like any good Maserati, the Levante has a 50-50 weight distribution. It also boasts the lowest center of gravity in its class. When you combine these two factors, you quickly see how it can confidently challenge the X5. Adding to its prowess, the Levante has exclusive Skyhook dampers and adjustable air springs. There are five ride heights for travel and one just for parking. The brand’s exclusive Q4 all-wheel drivetrain is standard, and it adds torque vectoring to the list of the SUV’s achievements. During regular driving, the torque goes to the rear wheels for racy, controlled handling. When there’s a problem with the terrain or the road, the AWD system splits the torque 50/50 to achieve traction or stability. A mechanical limited-slip differential adds to the SUV’s four-wheel drive capability.

DESIGN & STYLE

The Maserati Levante manages to have the appeal of a sedan while clearly enjoying the stance of an SUV. The handsome hood is set off by the unique grille. The BMW X5 has a boxier feel. Rather than looking less aggressive, it simply seems bland. The Levante is available in 13 colors. There are even five special brake caliper colors: red, yellow, blue, gold, silver, and black. Maserati also raises the bar higher for the cabins. While the BMW has SensaTec upholstery in its standard editions, the Maserati has leathers. The Levante’s upscale luxury choices continue with colors and combinations not found on the X5. Fine Italian leathers in three colors come with an even wider variety of color-contrast stitching. Trims are authentic, hand-finished wood or, if you prefer, a contemporary carbon fiber.


Now that you know more, make sure to be ahead of the crowd. Take a closer look at the all-new 2017 Maserati Levante with a test drive at Cleveland Motorsports.