Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Maserati Levante VS 2017 BMW X6 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Maserati Levante

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2017 BMW X6

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Maserati Levante 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 BMW X6 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Levante. But it costs extra on the X6.

To help make backing safer, the Levante’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Levante and the X6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Engine Comparison

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The Levante’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 45 more horsepower (345 vs. 300) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 300) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Levante S is faster than the X6 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.:

 

Levante

X6

Zero to 60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.9 MPH

95.9 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Levante S’ brake rotors are larger than those on the X6:

 

Levante S

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Levante has larger standard tires than the X6 (265/50R19 vs. 255/50R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Levante offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X6’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The front and rear suspension of the Levante uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the X6, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Levante’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the X6 (118.3 inches vs. 115.5 inches).

The Levante S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X6 xDrive35i xDrive (25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Levante’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the X6’s (38.4 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Levante has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X6 (9.7 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Levante to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Maserati Levante amounts to more than styling. The Levante has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the X6 (.34 to .35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Levante get better fuel mileage.

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 X6 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Levante has .3 inches more front headroom and 1.2 inches more rear headroom than the X6.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Levante offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Levante has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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