What do Porsche, Bentley and now Maserati all have in common? No, it’s nothing to do with race victories or rakish sports cars, and everything to do with SUVs – all of these manufacturers have at least one in their respective ranges.
Maserati’s offering, the Levante, sticks to a familiar formula. Up front is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine that powers five occupants and all their paraphernalia via all four wheels. Unlike its rivals, there are currently no higher-powered petrol powerplants available, just the one diesel.
As you’d expect, even the entry-level version of the Levante carries a high price tag, although you do get a reasonable amount of kit for your cash. Even so, it’s possible to push the price up even higher with the dizzying array of options available.
Read on over the next four pages to see how good the Levante is to drive, what it’s like inside and how much it’ll cost to run.