2020 Volvo XC90 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 Volvo XC90 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 XC90’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.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC90 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Maserati Levante has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XC90 and Levante have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC90 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 Volvo XC90 offers an optional built in child booster seat. It’s more crash worthy than an added child seat because of its direct attachment to the seat. Maserati doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Levante. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the XC90 deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The XC90’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Levante’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The XC90 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 XC90’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 XC90 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 XC90 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 and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC90 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Levante has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC90’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 XC90 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 XC90’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC90 T8 running on electricity gets better mileage than the Levante with its standard engine (58 city/52 hwy MPGe vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 running on gasoline gets better fuel mileage than the Levante:

MPG

XC90

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

18 city/26 hwy

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

26 city/28 hwy

Levante

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

15 city/21 hwy

S 3.0 turbo V6

15 city/21 hwy

GTS 3.8 turbo V8

14 city/18 hwy

Trofeo 3.8 turbo V8

14 city/18 hwy

The XC90 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 18 miles. The Levante must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC90 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC90 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 XC90 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Maserati Levante (1). This means the XC90 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The XC90 stops much shorter than the Levante:

XC90

Levante

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC90’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Levante (275/45R20 vs. 265/50R19).

Suspension and Handling

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The XC90 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 XC90 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Levante.

The XC90 T6 AWD handles at .85 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 XC90 w/Air Suspension has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Levante (9.9 vs. 9.7 inches), allowing the XC90 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Volvo XC90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Maserati Levante.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XC90 T6 AWD is quieter than the Levante S:

XC90

Levante

At idle

47 dB

51 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

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The XC90 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Levante can only carry 5.

The XC90 has 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XC90’s middle row seats recline. The Levante’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC90’s cargo area provides more volume than the Levante.

XC90

Levante

Third Seat Folded

35.6 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.5 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

The XC90’s cargo area is larger than the Levante’s in every dimension:

XC90

Levante

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

21.8”/49.6”/80.3”

n.a./40.5”/74.5”

Max Width

54.7”

46.7”

Min Width

44.5”

39.5”

Height

35”

n/a

Ergonomics

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The XC90 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.

If the windows are left open on the XC90 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the XC90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Levante.

A manual rear sunshade and rear side window sunshades are optional in the XC90 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Levante doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The XC90 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 XC90 R-Design/Inscription’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 XC90 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 Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Volvo XC90, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Maserati Levante isn't recommended.

Motor Trend selected the XC90 as their 2016 Sport Utility of the Year. The Levante has never been chosen.

The XC90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2016. The Levante has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the XC90 as the 2016 North American Truck of the Year. The Levante has never been chosen.

The Volvo XC90 outsold the Maserati Levante by over 8 to one during the 2019 model year.

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