Being an Avid Maserati fan for quite some time now, finally getting to really test drive one has been an absolutely amazing experience for me. I decided to rent a Maserati Ghibli for a week because I have been itching to buy one, and I did not want to spring on buying one before I drove the actual vehicle for more than just a few blocks with a salesperson in the vehicle with me. Let me tell you my verdict: I WILL be buying! the drive was so smooth! Handling is up there but not perfect, but overall my love of the product exceeds everything else.
Currently, I have a 2017 BMW 328 i sedan. I have been in love with this car since I got it in the middle of 2016, but it still just does not compare to the Maserati (I think this is due to me being Biased lol?) Here is a stock picture I found:
Gorgeous car and I truly love it! But there is just something I love about the Maserati Poseidon logo!
Maserati Handling v.s. BMW: Even though I an thoroughly in love with the Maserati, I felt the handling was lacking. My BMW handling was far superior, and was able to grip a fast turn much better than the Maserati. I could feel some slight lag going around a fast turn in the Maserati, that I do not feel in my beamer.
Power: In the power aspect the clear winner for me was the Maserati. Now, this is clear because the beamer is only pushing a 4 cylinder engine with an inline turbo, while the Maserati is pushing an 8 cylinder turbo. The difference is quite a bit of pick up and go speed for when you are ready to go fast!
Interior: Although my BMW interior is absolutely beautiful, the fine elegance of and craftsmanship of the Maserati is not something to play around with.
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Of course, merely manufacturing an SUV is not strictly noteworthy; car enthusiasts are no doubt curious on what exactly sets Maserati’s SUV apart from the pack. The Levante boasts an impressive Ferrari-made engine to power its frame, a V6 capable of producing 345 horsepower. If this wasn’t enough for its average customer, Maserati also offers a model with an engine capable of producing 424 horsepower, with sources suggesting a 2018 model will incorporate a V8 engine. In addition to a powerful engine, the Levante utilizes a sophisticated suspension system that reportedly renders driving on even the roughest of roads into something barely noticed. Altogether the performance of this SUV appears to live up to the standards of Maserati and high-end Italian craftsmanship in general.
Of course, when considering a Maserati, the design of the car, as well as its performance, come into play. The Levante adheres quite well to Maserati’s philosophy of smooth lines and rounded edges to give the car a softer, lighter look than many contemporary high-performance vehicles. As always, the Maserati trident graces the front grille of the vehicle, here surrounded in chrome. Though the edges come together in the back in a somewhat unfavorable angle, it is nearly unnoticeable. The Levante also offers an enormous amount of room or both passengers and cargo in order to satisfy that core qualification of an SUV.
Though its previously premier concept car has been delayed yet again, Maserati has finally put into production an SUV which could help it stay afloat both fiscally and in the general consumer’s mind. Offering luxury and power to a staple of the industry, the Levante promises thrill and utility in one package and delivers.
Not truly inspired by the SUV style and looking for a little more “oomph”? Make sure to check out our other blog here about the new look of the Maserati Alfieri.