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2017 Maserati Levante Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Maserati Levante was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2017 Maserati Levante swaddles you in luxury, with blue-chip leathers and wood. The optional Zegna package adds silk trim for the seats, doors, and roof lining for an even more palatial ride. Because Maserati is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, there are some buttons and knobs that are borrowed from some of the company's other brands, but they don't feel terribly out of place in the Levante. The infotainment system is a carryover from other FCA cars, too. While it's mostly easy to use, the addition of a control knob to an otherwise touch-screen system makes it a bit cumbersome.

The seats up front are comfortable, with plenty of room for the driver and front passenger. The second row is less spacious, with adequate room for typical adults, though little head- or legroom for people who are taller than average. The Levante's cargo space falls short of what you'll find in other luxury midsize SUVs.

  • "The Levante's interior is unquestionably plush, and with all those potential color and trim combinations, it's highly customizable, too. Those familiar with Chrysler and/or Fiat products will recognize certain buttons and switches, but those items aren't necessarily subpar; it's more the association with lesser brands that makes them worthy of mention." -- Edmunds
  • To our delight, the cabin of the 2017 Maserati Levante takes a step up from that of the Ghibli. The overall feel is more refined and elegant, with a few exceptions, such as the infotainment display shared with more down-market Jeeps and other Fiat Chrysler models. However, there's plenty of carefully polished wood and leather." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Ghibli's cabin was a disappointment. The Levante goes about halfway in terms of righting that wrong. I can still see too much Jeep in the switchgear (such as the hill descent control button). But hey, the Rolls-Royce Phantom and BMW 2 Series have the same navigation system, and no one's crying themselves to sleep over that fact. The leather, wood, and metal on display is a huge step in the correct direction. Also, the optional Zegna silk seat and door inserts nicely break up the tyranny of leather." -- Motor Trend

Seating

Leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel come standard in the 2017 Levante. For an added cost, you can get upgraded leather upholstery, silk seat inserts, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The eight-way power-adjustable front seats are comfortable, but some reviewers wish the optional 12-way power-adjustable front seats were standard, given the Levante's high starting price. There's ample space for the driver and front passenger, though tall passengers may long for more head-and legroom. If you need more room for back-seat passengers, consider the Audi Q7 or Land Rover Range Rover Sport. There's even an optional third-row seat in the Range Rover Sport to carry up to seven people. The Levante's cabin is pretty quiet, so you should have no trouble chatting with your family or friends while on the go.

There are LATCH connectors on both of the rear outboard seats to let you safely install child seats.

  • The base car comes with an acceptable 8-way driver's seat but we'd prefer to see the 12-way buckets come standard at this price point." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Up front, the 12-way power seats were relatively supportive and the cockpit felt roomy enough, with a ride height that felt more sedan- than SUV-like. In the second row, 6-footers will be a little snug, but there's just enough leg and headroom to keep from feeling claustrophobic." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Space up front is generous, but in the rear it's no more than adequate, especially if the front seats are set low, preventing passengers' feet from sliding beneath them." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the base Levante include dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and a power liftgate.

Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, remote start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a 360-degree camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

The 8.4-inch infotainment system is mostly easy to use, and you operate it both with the touch screen as well as a console-mounted control knob. The system is fairly straightforward to use, though since it was programmed for only touch-screen use in other models, a few features are awkward to access with the control knob. Many competitors, like the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, have control knobs that are more intuitive to use. Additionally, the Levante doesn't have as many optional features as you'll find in some competitors, though that's typical for an Italian car where performance is the primary focus.

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  • Also, Maserati finally gets a center control knob for the center touchscreen. It's not quite as polished as Audi's MMI, as the Maserati's control knob is simply grafted onto the old system, which was intended to be touchscreen only. Thus, if you want to zoom the map with the knob, you use the knob to move the cursor over to the plus or minus boxes on the screen, then push the button on top of the knob to change the zoom (in an Audi, it's a breezier one-step process of just turning the knob)." -- Car and Driver
  • "You might also recognize the 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, which shares some similarity to Chrysler's familiar Uconnect system, although it does get a redundant console-mounted control knob for Maserati duty. Fortunately, this is one of our favorite interfaces, so we're glad to see it specified in the Levante as standard equipment." -- Edmunds
  • The 8.4-inch navi/infotainment touchscreen is complemented by a rotary dial setup (which seemed like a bit of an afterthought) placed just behind the BMW-style push/pull gearshift lever and to the right of the row of vehicle setting buttons. The instrument panel is attractive, as is its multi-function, color center display." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

The Levante has one of the smallest cargo areas in the class, with only 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Even when you fold down the second row, you'll only have 57 cubic feet. Most competitors, including the Porsche Cayenne, have at least 60 cubic feet of overall cargo space. The Volvo XC90 leads the class with more than 85 cubic feet. A power liftgate is standard in all Levante models.

  • "Yet with 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, Levante sits near the bottom of the competitive set. The space there is only 60 percent of what's available in a Range Rover." -- Autoweek
  • "The 19.4-cubic-foot space behind the rear seats is a bit shallow and nothing special in terms of volume, though you can fold down the split rear seats to provide additional cargo-carrying capacity." -- Edmunds

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