2019 Maserati Levante

Interior


MSRP
$75,980
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2019 Maserati Levante Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.3

The 2019 Maserati Levante boasts comfortable front seats and some luxurious touches, but its interior score is among the lowest in our rankings. Contributing to this low standing is a small cargo area and a handful of interior materials that belong in an affordable vehicle rather than a first-class European SUV.

  • As for the luxurious side of the Maserati, it's trimmed well and the leather and other materials are generally high quality, but the multitude of plain-looking plastic switchgear, turn signal stalks, and carbon fiber trim (the latter in the GranSport version) ensure that it never really feels more special than its German competitors, just different." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The Levante's interior appears nicely put-together, but the materials don't inspire feelings of luxury-level quality, especially in this class. Items such as the gear selector and steering wheel button controls fall below class standards and are somewhat of a disservice to the Maserati brand." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • 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 (2018)

Seating

The Levante is a two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats have up to 12 power adjustments and heating, and they earn lots of praise for their comfort. The back seats are sizeable enough for medium-size adults, but larger travelers will feel pinched in this zone. Leather seats and a leather steering wheel are standard. Seating upgrades include perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

For child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH hardware in the back seat.

  • The Levante's front seats are vastly more spacious than the Cayenne's, although both vehicle's rear perches are snug for people beyond median height. But while there is an Italian flair to the Levante's interior fittings, there's also a Chrysler frugality to some of the secondary switchgear." -- Car and Driver
  • 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 (2018)
  • Even with the cockpit-style cabin up front, there's a lot of space for both front seats. Head- and legroom are plentiful with ample width for hips and shoulders. In the rear there's decent headroom and enough width for three adults to squeeze. Anyone over 6 feet won't be thrilled in the middle seat." -- Edmunds (2018)

Interior Features

The Levante's infotainment system uses the same interface that you'll find in sibling brands such as Dodge and Chrysler. It's straightforward and fairly easy to use. The cabin also sources some of its buttons and knobs from Dodge and Chrysler, which lowers the level of quality inside.

Standard features include an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, an eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, SD card slots, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera.

Upgrades such as quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a Harman Kardon premium sound system, a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, the semi-autonomous highway assist system, adaptive headlights, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, active blind spot assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view camera system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking are available.

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  • Since Maserati is now part of the Fiat-Chrysler corporate entity, some Chrysler switchgear is apparent. Most notably the UConnect infotainment touchscreen. Annoyingly, you have to press 'Accept' after every start to get the 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 (2018)
  • The large touchscreen infotainment layout is fairly easy to navigate, but it collects fingerprints that show up readily in the sun, and configuring the system isn't very intuitive. The steering-wheel rocker switch controls require unusually heavy pressure, which is uncomfortable and cumbersome." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • An attractive, compact, and easy-to-use center stack is dominated by the SQ4-standard 8.4-inch touchscreen display with navigation. If you've been in a recent Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep, then you'll also recognized (sic) the infotainment system. Which is fine, but the same switchgear, power-seat/window/mirror assemblies, headlamp switch, push-button ignition, and power rear hatch button? Not to mention, we were also a bit put off by some plasticky bits and poor dampening of storage cubbies. Some controls are illogically scattered and labeled. These low-rent touch points immediately sour an $84,250 ($98,550 as tested) luxury car. But this doesn't explain how there were four power points in two sizes, yet none were the correct diameter for our phone charger. Luckily, there are multiple USB ports in both the front and rear." -- Motor Trend

Cargo                               

The Levante's cargo hold measures approximately 20 cubic feet behind the rear seat. That's one of the smallest in the class. For storing larger items, the rear seats fold down with a 60/40 split, and there is a pass-through. A hands-free power liftgate is optional.

  • With 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, the Levante's cargo area is smaller in volume than most of the competition. Still, the cargo area manages to be very usable. The rear seats fold flat and there's a ski pass-through if you don't want to fold the seats down." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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)
  • Rear seats fold in 60/40 fashion (the larger side also features a ski pass-through) and lie almost flat, which expands cargo from 19.4 nominal, to 57.3 maximum cubic feet. Like we said at the top, these measurements better align with midsize competitors than larger ones. We appreciated the standard power hatch (with optional kick sensor) but also noticed that there isn't a rear-seat release in the cargo area. Even base Honda CR-Vs have this." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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