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New Maserati Levante vs Porsche Macan

Maserati's first ever SUV combines strong performance with plenty of space for four. But is it a better choice than the Porsche Macan?

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Our verdict

It’s an easy win for the Porsche Macan. Not only is it cheaper to buy and run than the Levante, it’s more comfortable, much more fun to drive and has a better infotainment system. Only stingy standard equipment and comparatively tight rear leg room let it down.

The Maserati Levante can’t compete on economy or CO2 emissions, and it's nowhere near as quick. Your rear seat passengers may be happier in it, but we'd be selfish and buy the Macan – it's a much better car.

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1st – Porsche Macan

For Superb handling; comfortable ride; cheaper to buy, finance and run

Against Stingy standard equipment; less space in the back; smaller boot

Verdict Fast, poised and far kinder on your wallet. An easy victory

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Porsche Macan review


2nd – Maserati Levante

For More rear leg room; more standard equipment; decent boot

Against Unrefined engine; stodgy handling; jittery ride; expensive

Verdict It may be more practical, but it's otherwise too flawed

Rated 2 out of 5

Read our full Maserati Levante review


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Specifications: Maserati Levante Diesel

Engine size 3.0-litre V6, diesel

List price Β£54,335

Target Price Β£54,335

Power 271bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 443lb ft @ 2000-2600rpm

0-60mph 6.8sec

Top speed 143mph

Gov't fuel economy 39.2mpg

CO2 emissions 189g/km


Specifications: Porsche Macan Diesel S

Engine size 3.0-litre V6, diesel

List price Β£46,182

Target Price Β£46,182

Power 254bhp @ 4000-4250rpm

Torque 428lb ft @ 1750-2500rpm

0-60mph 5.8sec

Top speed 142mph

Gov't fuel economy 46.3mpg

CO2 emissions 159g/km

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