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2018 Maserati Levante Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2018 Maserati Levante doesn’t have the same level of interior quality as some competitors. The cabin is stylish and attractive, but many of the materials are a bit low-budget for a luxury SUV. The front seats are great, but the rear seats are on the small side, as is the cargo area. The Levante doesn't have the longest features list in the class, but its infotainment system is user-friendly.

  • "Interior materials quality, on the other hand, could use improvement because there are trim pieces and buttons that were clearly taken out of the Fiat-Chrysler parts bin." -- Motor Trend
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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. … 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 (2017)

Seating

The Maserati Levante is a five-seat luxury midsize SUV. Leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel come standard. Upgraded leather upholstery, silk seat inserts, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors so you can safely install child seats.

The plush front seats have plenty of room. You might expect the rear seats to be cavernous given the Levante's undersized cargo area, but they aren't exactly expansive. There's enough room for most people, but tall passengers may feel cramped. Unlike some class rivals, the Levante isn't available with a third-row seat.

  • We appreciated the well-shaped, supportive seats and their buttery leather, but you'd think rear seat space would be more generous for such a large car. While it's livable there, the hunchback styling dictates a posture that's a bit low for taller passengers." -- Consumer Reports
  • Up front, the … 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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 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, a rearview camera, and a power liftgate.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, remote start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

You can control the infotainment system via the touch screen or a console-mounted control knob. Many rivals also have a control knob or something similar, but theirs are more intuitive than the Levante's. The touch-screen interface has a few idiosyncrasies but is generally easy to use. The shifter is a real annoyance, and it's easy to accidentally end up in the wrong gear.

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  • "Annoyingly, you have to press 'Accept' after every start to get the [infotainment] screen to work, otherwise, it won't even show temperature or your chosen radio station. … Fortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is included. Some actions can be performed through a central knob rather than reaching the screen--a welcome addition. The shifter, however, is nothing less than an ergonomic disaster--it's too easy to overshoot Reverse and end up in Park. From Reverse to Drive, you have to depress the lever's trigger instead of just slapping it into Drive as you normally would." -- Consumer Reports
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

The Levante has 20.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 57 cubic feet when you fold those seats down. Those are some of the lowest totals in the class. Most competitors have at least 60 cubic feet of space, and some have more than 80. A power liftgate is standard in all Levante models.

  • "Passenger space for passengers is generous thanks to the Levante's long wheelbase but it comes at [the] cost of cargo capacity." -- Motor Trend
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

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