2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2018 Maserati Levante

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 XC60’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 XC60 and Levante have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 XC60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, 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 XC60’s 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 XC60 has standard Volvo On Call, 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 XC60 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, 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, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 91 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Levante has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo 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 Volvo dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.

Engine

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The XC60 T8’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 428) than the Levante S’ optional 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T8 is faster than the Maserati Levante (base engine):

XC60

Levante

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Levante with its standard engine (60 city/58 hwy MPGe vs. 14 city/20 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Levante with its standard engine (26 city/28 hwy vs. 14 city/20 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 gets better fuel mileage than the Levante:

XC60

Levante

2WD

T5/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

4WD

T5/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

Base/Auto

T6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

S/Auto

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The Levante must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Levante doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Maserati Levante (1). This means the XC60 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The XC60 stops much shorter than the Levante:

XC60

Levante

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 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 average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 1.4 inches wider in the front than the track on the Levante.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the Levante pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Levante’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 900 pounds less than the Maserati Levante.

The XC60 is 1 foot shorter than the Levante, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo area than the Levante with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 24.3 inches, while the Levante’s liftover is 31.7 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Levante doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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The XC60 offers an optional 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.

The XC60 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.

The XC60’s optional Park Assist Pilot 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.

Model Availability

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The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Levante doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Volvo XC60 outsold the Maserati Levante by over four to one during 2017.

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