Maserati Levante SUV Rent in Dubai
Like the warm Mediterranean winds for which it’s named, the Levante ushered in a change in season for its brand, representing the very first time the storied trident badge has graced an SUV. The Maserati Levante SUV Rent in Dubai vaunted status as a luxurious, athletic, and uniquely Italian example of the tall-bodied breed guarantees that it will turn heads faster than more sedately styled rivals. Standout items such as an available silk interior, beautifully burnished wood trim, and a menacing, Ferrari-esque exhaust note set the Maserati apart even further. Buyers of the Levante will no doubt be delighted with their purchase despite its flaws—which range from limited cargo-hauling capability to obvious and unfortunate parts-sharing with lesser Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) products. A Maserati represents an emotional decision on four wheels; signing your name on the dotted line requires a leap of faith, a passion for driving, and a well-padded wallet.
Two new models join the Maserati Levante SUV Rent in Dubai and both sport more powerful V-8 engines: The GTS comes with 550 horsepower while the top-dog Trofeo makes 590. A host of other modifications set the 2019 Levante apart from last year’s model, including three new wheel designs, new leather interior options (offered in black, tan, and red colors), a redesigned gearshift lever, new interior trims (carbon fiber, metal, and open-pore wood), and freshened color palette with nine new colors. GranLusso models now come with a rear spoiler and a chrome grille insert while GranSport models get piano- and matte-black exterior accents and unique front and rear bumpers.
The Maserati Levante SUV Rent in Dubai remains our pick of the range despite its starting price. Why are we so willing to spend money on this more expensive version? Simple: The twin-turbocharged V-6 makes 79 more horsepower in the S than in lesser Levantes and sings a siren’s song while providing strong acceleration. Additional features help justify the cost, including a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, sumptuous full-leather interior, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and remote start.
While the Maserati Levante SUV Rent in Dubai is not the quickest or the most powerful performance-oriented luxury crossover, it certainly plays one of the better soundtracks. In the real-world hustle, this Maserati’s acceleration is more than adequate. Under the hood of most Levante models is a twin-turbocharged V-6 routing its 345 horsepower—or 424 horses in the S—to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. In our testing of a Levante S, it delivered a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.1 seconds, besting the Mercedes-AMG GLE53. The GTS and Trofeo models come with a twin-turbo V-8 making 550 and 590 horsepower, respectively. In our testing, the GTS launched itself to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.
With its adaptive shocks set in Sport mode, the Levante’s ride is jarring when driving over all but the smoothest road surfaces—buyers in northern climes, take heed. Comfort levels are much more agreeable, though hardly supple, with the shocks in their default setting. The Levante’s driver-adjustable air-spring suspension is clearly tuned for performance driving and it does a decent job of transforming this SUV into a corner carver, albeit not the most athletic of its kind. While the Levante’s tall proportions and higher center of gravity mean that some body roll is still evident in corners, its hydraulically assisted steering, though a bit vague, is quick and well weighted, lending it decent agility.
On paper, the Maserati Levante SUV Rent in Dubai is no fuel sipper. In fact, its EPA estimates for V-6 models are closer to V-8–powered rivals than to other V-6s. In our real-world testing, however, the V-6 impressed us with a highway fuel-economy result much higher than its ratings suggested with a 24 mpg result; the V-8–powered GTS also outperformed its EPA rating and delivered 20 mpg.
At first glance, the inside of the Maserati Levante SUV Rent in Dubai appears rich and well-appointed, especially in our Levante S test vehicle, which featured the full-leather treatment in a rich dark-brown hue. Open-pore wood trim, a leather-covered dashboard, tasteful chrome accents, and the traditional Maserati analog clock all give the Levante a classy and old-school luxury ambience. Looking closer, however, reveals parts that are obviously shared with other Fiat Chrysler brands—for example, the window switches, wiper-control stalk, and ignition button match the Jeep Cherokee’s—which is a disappointment. The controls are functional, though, and better than some of the ergonomically questionable examples Maserati has come up with on its own over the years. Speaking of ergonomics, the driving position in the Levante is great and clearly set up for spirited motoring.
Quick, intuitive, and brilliantly rendered on an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Maserati’s Touch Control Plus infotainment system is one of the best in the business. Most vehicle functions, including the climate controls, are adjusted through the infotainment display with a secondary control knob just aft of the shifter on the center console. Navigation is standard, as are SiriusXM satellite radio and Travel Link, which provides real-time traffic and weather updates. Five USB ports cover charging duties for all five possible passengers, but only one interfaces with the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard.
Like a pair of Versace stilettos, the Maserati Levante SUV Rent in Dubai puts a big emphasis on style. Its cargo area still accommodated a respectable number of our carry-on luggage cases (eight behind the rear seat, 19 with the rear seats folded), even if others in this segment fared much better. Park them all side by side, however, and the Maserati’s bravura overshadows the practicality of its rivals.
The Levante has not yet been crash-tested; as a result its performance in this area remains unknown. A few driver-assistance features are standard and other more advanced tech is optional across the range. Key safety features include:
- Standard automatic high-beam headlamps
- Standard blind-spot monitoring
- Available automated emergency braking