2019 BMW X6 M vs. 2019 Maserati Levante

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X6 M’s optional 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.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 M 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 X6 M’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Levante doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The X6 M has standard BMW Assist, 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 X6 M and the Levante have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

The BMW X6 M weighs 401 to 535 pounds more than the Maserati Levante. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The X6 M’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Levante.

There are almost 3 times as many BMW dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X6 M’s warranty.

Engine

The X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 222 more horsepower (567 vs. 345) and 184 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 369) than the Levante’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 143 more horsepower (567 vs. 424) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 428) than the Levante S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6. The X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 17 more horsepower (567 vs. 550) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 538) than the Levante GTS’ standard 3.8 turbo V8. The X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 538) than the Levante Trofeo’s standard 3.8 turbo V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X6 M is faster than the Maserati Levante:

 

X6 M

Levante

Levante S

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

5.8 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

14.2 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.3 MPH

98.2 MPH

101.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the X6 M’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The X6 M has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Levante (22.4 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 BMW X6 M higher (3 out of 10) than the Maserati Levante (1). This means the X6 M produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the BMW X6 M as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Maserati Levante is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

The X6 M’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 X6 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:

 

X6 M

Levante

Levante S

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15.2 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The X6 M stops much shorter than the Levante:

 

X6 M

Levante

 

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X6 M has larger tires than the Levante (F:285/35R21 & R:325/30R21 vs. 265/50R19). The X6 M’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Levante (F:285/35R21 & R:325/30R21 vs. F:265/50R19 & R:295/45R19).

The X6 M’s 285/35R21 front and 325/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Levante’s standard 50 series tires. The X6 M’s tires are lower profile than the Levante’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X6 M has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Levante.

Suspension and Handling

The X6 M offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Maserati doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Levante.

The X6 M 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 X6 M is 1.7 inches wider in the front than on the Levante.

The X6 M handles at 1.01 G’s, while the Levante S pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X6 M executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Levante (24.3 seconds @ .84 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

Chassis

The X6 M is 3.2 inches shorter than the Levante, making the X6 M easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the X6 M is quieter than the Levante S (48 vs. 51 dB).

Passenger Space

The X6 M has 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

Cargo Capacity

The X6 M has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Levante with its rear seat up (26.6 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The X6 M has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Levante with its rear seat folded (59.7 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Levante, the X6 M has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The X6 M offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 X6 M the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or 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.

The X6 M 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 X6 M 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 X6 M has standard extendable sun visors. The Levante doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X6 M’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Levante doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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