2020 Mercedes GLS vs. 2020 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning 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.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the GLS 580 is faster than the Levante S:

GLS

Levante

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.7 sec

12.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

GLS

3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

19 city/23 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

16 city/21 hwy

Levante

3.0 turbo V6

15 city/21 hwy

3.8 turbo V8

14 city/18 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

The GLS stops much shorter than the Levante:

GLS

Levante

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Levante (275/50R20 vs. 265/50R19).

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.

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 .2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Levante.

The GLS 450 handles at .87 G’s, while the Levante pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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.

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

The GLS’ cargo area is larger than the Levante’s in every dimension:

GLS

Levante

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

22.2”/48.1”/81.3”

n.a./40.5”/74.5”

Max Width

49”

46.7”

Min Width

42.5”

39.5”

Height

34.7”

n/a

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. 5952 pounds). The Levante’s maximum towing capacity is 5952 pounds.

While the Levante GTS can only tow 3306, any GLS can tow a minimum of 7700 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.

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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes GLS has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console and for the rear passengers. The Levante doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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.

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The Mercedes GLS outsold the Maserati Levante by over six to one during 2019.

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