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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q8 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 rear seat belts.
The Q8’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 Q8 and Levante have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q8 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 Q8 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.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q8 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 Q8 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 Q8 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Q8’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 Q8’s warranty.
On the EPA test cycle the Q8 gets better fuel mileage than the Levante with its standard engine (17 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Q8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q8 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Levante requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Q8 has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Levante (22.5 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Q8’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:
For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the Levante (275/50R20 vs. 265/50R19). The Q8’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Levante (285/45R21 vs. 265/50R19).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Levante.
The Q8 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 Q8 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the Levante.
The Q8 has 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 5.6 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q8’s rear seats recline. The Levante’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Q8 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Levante with its rear seat up (28.6 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Q8 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Levante with its rear seat folded (67.5 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).
The Q8’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Levante’s (7700 vs. 6000 pounds).
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Levante, the Q8 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 Q8 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed 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 Q8 Premium Plus/Prestige 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 lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Levante can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q8 has standard extendable sun visors. The Levante doesn’t offer extendable visors.
A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Levante doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
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