2020 Mercedes GLS vs. 2019 Maserati Levante

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLS 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 middle seat belts.

The GLS’ 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.

The GLS’ 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 GLS has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency 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 GLS 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

The Mercedes GLS weighs 917 to 1051 pounds more than the Maserati Levante. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The GLS’ corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 3 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GLS’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GLS 450 gets better fuel mileage than the Levante (19 city/23 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

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

The GLS has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Levante (23.8 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes GLS higher (6 out of 10) than the Maserati Levante (1). This means the GLS produces up to 45.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes GLS, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Levante.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GLS’ standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:

GLS

Levante

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLS offers optional 23-inch wheels. The Levante’s largest wheels are only 22-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLS 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 GLS 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLS’ wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Levante (123.4 inches vs. 118.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GLS is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Levante.

For greater off-road capability the GLS has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Levante (10.1 vs. 9.7 inches), allowing the GLS to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The GLS Off-Road Package’s minimum ground clearance is 1.6 inches higher than on the Levante (11.3 vs. 9.7 inches).

Passenger Space

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The GLS has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Levante can only carry 5.

The GLS has 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 7.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GLS’ middle and third row seats recline. The Levante’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The GLS’ cargo area provides more volume than the Levante.

GLS

Levante

Third Seat Folded

42.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.7 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the GLS’ second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Levante doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Towing

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The GLS’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the Levante’s (7700 vs. 6000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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

The GLS 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 GLS the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows 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.

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

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the GLS’ passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Levante doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The GLS offers optional massaging front and second row seats, which keep the driver and middle row passengers. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Levante.

The GLS has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Levante doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The GLS’ Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Levante doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Mercedes GLS outsold the Maserati Levante by over five to one during the 2019 model year.

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