2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 Maserati Levante

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The SQ5’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.

The SQ5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply 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.

The SQ5 Premium Plus/Prestige 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 SQ5 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 its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the SQ5 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 SQ5’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 SQ5’s warranty.

Engine

The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 4 more horsepower (349 vs. 345) than the Levante’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi SQ5 is faster than the Maserati Levante twin turbo V6:

 

SQ5

Levante

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.8 MPH

98.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the Levante with its standard engine (19 city/24 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the SQ5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi SQ5 higher (5 out of 10) than the Maserati Levante (1). This means the SQ5 produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The SQ5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Levante doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the SQ5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:

 

SQ5

Levante

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The SQ5 stops much shorter than the Levante:

 

SQ5

Levante

 

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The SQ5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Levante’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SQ5 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Levante.

Suspension and Handling

The SQ5 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the Levante S pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The SQ5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Levante (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

Chassis

The Audi SQ5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Maserati Levante.

The SQ5 is 1 foot, 1.1 inches shorter than the Levante, making the SQ5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the SQ5 Prestige is quieter than the Levante S:

 

SQ5

Levante

At idle

37 dB

51 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

The SQ5 has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the SQ5’s rear seats recline. The Levante’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The SQ5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Levante with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the SQ5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Levante doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The SQ5 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 SQ5 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 SQ5 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the SQ5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Levante.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the SQ5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Levante doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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