2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2019 Maserati Levante

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Maserati Levante doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Q7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Levante doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q7 and Levante have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q7 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Levante’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Levante doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q7 offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Levante doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Levante doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Q7 has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Levante doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Q7 and the Levante have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q7 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Levante has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Audi dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Q7 55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Maserati Levante twin turbo V6:

 

Q7

Levante

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.2 MPH

98.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q7 55 TFSI V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Levante with its standard turbo V6 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q7 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Levante requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q7 has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Levante (22.5 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Q7 higher (3 out of 10) than the Maserati Levante (1). This means the Q7 produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q7’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:

 

Q7

Levante

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Q7 stops much shorter than the Levante:

 

Q7

Levante

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Levante (285/45R20 vs. 265/50R19).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Levante doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Q7 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Levante doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q7 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than on the Levante.

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Levante pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Q7 Prestige is quieter than the Levante S:

 

Q7

Levante

At idle

43 dB

51 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

The Q7 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Levante can only carry 5.

The Q7 has 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q7’s middle row seats recline. The Levante’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Q7’s cargo area provides more volume than the Levante.

 

Q7

Levante

Third Seat Folded

37.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

71.6 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

The Q7’s cargo area is larger than the Levante’s in every dimension:

 

Q7

Levante

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

n.a./40.5”/74.5”

Max Width

52.5”

46.7”

Min Width

42.6”

39.5”

Height

30”

n/a

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Maserati Levante is limited to 6000 pounds. The Q7 offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Levante, the Q7 Prestige offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Q7 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Levante doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Q7 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Levante can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q7 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Levante doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Q7 has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Levante doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Levante doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Levante doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Q7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Levante has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Maserati Levante by 8% during the 2018 model year.

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