2020 Maserati Levante vs. 2020 Volvo XC90

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Levante. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the Levante and the XC90 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 XC90:

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.

XC90 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T8 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Maserati Levante turbo V6 is faster than the XC90 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder:

Levante

XC90

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.2 MPH

90.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Levante has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Levante has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 18.8 gallons).

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 XC90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Levante S/GTS/Trofeo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

XC90 T5/T6

XC90 T8

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.6 inches

14.4 inches

The Levante stops much shorter than the XC90:

Levante

XC90

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Levante has larger standard tires than the XC90 (265/50R19 vs. 235/55R19).

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 XC90’s standard 55 series tires. The Levante’s optional 295/30R22 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the XC90’s optional 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Levante has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC90’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Levante uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the XC90, which uses coil springs in front and transverse leafs springs in the rear. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Levante’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the XC90’s (51.7% to 48.3%). This gives the Levante more stable handling and braking.

The Levante S handles at .91 G’s, while the XC90 T6 AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Levante S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the XC90 T6 AWD (25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Levante’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the XC90 w/19” wheels’ (38.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Levante’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the XC90 w/22” wheels’ (38.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Levante has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XC90 (9.7 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Levante to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Levante has 1.3 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the XC90.

Cargo Capacity

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The Levante has a much larger cargo volume than the XC90 with its rear seat up (19.4 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Levante’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC90’s (5952 vs. 4000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Levante is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Levante to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC90.

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 XC90 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Levante’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC90’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Levante has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 XC90.

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