2021 BMW X3 M vs. 2020 Maserati Levante

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Safety

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The X3 M’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.

The X3 M has standard PostCrash iBrake, 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 X3 M’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 X3 M has standard BMW Assist, 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 X3 M and the Levante have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 around view monitors.

Warranty

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The X3 M’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW 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 BMW dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X3 M’s warranty.

Engine

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The X3 M has more powerful engines than the Levante:

Horsepower

Torque

X3 M 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

473 HP

442 lbs.-ft.

X3 M Competition 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

503 HP

469 lbs.-ft.

Levante 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Levante S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the X3 M Competition is faster than the Levante S 3.0 turbo V6:

X3 M

Levante

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117.3 MPH

101.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the X3 M’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X3 M higher (3 out of 10) than the Maserati Levante (1). This means the X3 M produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X3 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:

X3 M

Levante

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The X3 M stops much shorter than the Levante:

X3 M

Levante

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X3 M’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Levante’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 M has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Levante.

Suspension and Handling

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The X3 M Competition handles at .95 G’s, while the Levante pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 M Competition executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Levante (24.2 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

Chassis

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The X3 M is 10.8 inches shorter than the Levante, making the X3 M easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X3 M has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

Cargo Capacity

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The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Levante with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Levante with its rear seat folded (62.7 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 M easier. The X3 M’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Levante’s liftover is 31.7 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X3 M’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Levante doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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The X3 M 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 X3 M 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 or with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Levante can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X3 M offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Levante doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The X3 M’s optional Parking Assistant Plus 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 BMW X3 outsold the Maserati Levante by over nineteen to one during 2019.

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