2019 Maserati Levante vs. 2018 Mercedes G-Class

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Safety

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The Levante offers optional Automated Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The G-Class doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Levante’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The G-Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Levante’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The G-Class doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Levante offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G-Class only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Levante’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The G-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Levante uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The G-Class uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Levante and the G-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Maserati Levante (base engine) is faster than the G 550:

Levante

G-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.2 MPH

95.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Levante gets better fuel mileage than the G-Class:

Levante

G-Class

3.0 twin turbo V6/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

13 city/14 hwy

550/Auto

S 3.0 twin turbo V6/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

12 city/15 hwy

AMG 63/Auto

n/a

11 city/13 hwy

AMG 65/Auto

n/a

11 city/11 hwy

550/Auto 4x4

Regardless of its engine, the Levante’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G-Class G 65 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Maserati Levante, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the G-Class.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Levante’s brake rotors are larger than those on the G-Class:

Levante

G-Class

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

10.7 inches

The Levante’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G 550 are solid, not vented.

The Levante stops much shorter than the G-Class:

Levante

G-Class

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

210 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Levante’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G 550’s standard 55 series tires. The Levante’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the G 65’s 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Maserati Levante’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Mercedes G-Class’ solid front axle, which allows the Levante’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For superior ride and handling, the Maserati Levante has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mercedes G-Class has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Levante has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Levante flat and controlled during cornering. The G-Class’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Levante uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the G-Class, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Levante has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Levante’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The G-Class doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Levante has rack and pinion steering, like Formula racecars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the G-Class.

The Levante’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The G-Class doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Levante’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the G-Class (118.3 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Levante is 4.5 inches wider in the front and 6.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the G-Class.

The Levante S handles at .91 G’s, while the G 65 pulls only .58 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Levante S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the G 550 (25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Levante’s turning circle is 6.2 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (38.4 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Levante has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the G 63 (9.7 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Levante to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Maserati Levante may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 2050 pounds less than the Mercedes G-Class.

The Levante is 10.2 inches shorter in height than the G-Class, making the Levante much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction lowers the Levante’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The G-Class uses body-on-frame design instead.

The design of the Maserati Levante amounts to more than styling. The Levante has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is significantly lower than the G-Class (.54) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Levante get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Levante has standard flush composite headlights. The G-Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Levante uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The G-Class doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

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The Levante’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The G-Class’ swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Levante has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The G-Class doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics

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The Levante’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The G-Class’ power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Extended Keyless Go standard on the Levante allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes G-Class doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Levante has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the G-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Levante detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The G-Class doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The G-Class’ cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Levante’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The Levante has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The G-Class doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

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The headlight lenses on the Levante are made of plastic to be lighter, more resistant to damage and less expensive to replace than the glass headlight lenses on the G-Class.

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The Maserati Levante outsold the Mercedes G-Class by 30% during 2017.

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