2020 Maserati Levante vs. 2020 Mercedes GLE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Levante has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GLE doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Levante. But it costs extra on the GLE.

Both the Levante and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Engine

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The Levante has more powerful engines than the GLE:

Horsepower

Torque

Levante 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Levante S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

Levante GTS 3.8 turbo V8

550 HP

538 lbs.-ft.

Levante Trofeo 3.8 turbo V8

590 HP

538 lbs.-ft.

GLE 350 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

GLE 450 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

362 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

GLE 580 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

483 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Maserati Levante turbo V6 is faster than the GLE 350 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

Levante

GLE

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.2 MPH

87.5 MPH

Transmission

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The Levante Trofeo’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 GLE doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Levante

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

GLE 350

GLE 450

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

15 inches

13 inches

14.8 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 GLE 350 are solid, not vented.

The Levante stops much shorter than the GLE:

Levante

GLE

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Levante has larger standard tires than the GLE (265/50R19 vs. 255/50R19).

The Levante’s optional 265/35R22 front and 295/30R22 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 GLE’s optional 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

The Levante has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GLE; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Levante’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the GLE’s (53.5% to 46.5%). This gives the Levante more stable handling and braking.

The Levante S handles at .91 G’s, while the GLE 450 pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Levante S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the GLE 350 4MATIC (25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Levante’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the GLE’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Levante has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (9.7 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Levante to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Levante’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the GLE Airmatic (9.7 vs. 9.2 inches).

Chassis

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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 GLE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Ergonomics

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The Levante’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GLE does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Levante to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GLE doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 GLE only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Levante offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLE doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Levante has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the GLE.

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