When it comes to one-upmanship, try casually mentioning that the engine in your SUV is built by Ferrari. That’s the conversational endgame that owning a Levante S gives you. The 3.0-litre 430hp V6 is twin-turbocharged and can power the Levante S from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds, with a top speed capability of 164mph.
With that kind of performance on tap, it’s good to know that Levante has the lowest centre of gravity in its class and 50:50 front to rear weight distribution. Thanks to this, and to Maserati’s acclaimed Skyhook suspension system all Levante models handle more like sports saloons than tall SUVs. Q4 Intelligent all-wheel drive constantly monitors traction levels for optimum grip, torque vectoring delivers uncanny levels of cornering agility and there are five selectable ride heights depending on whether you’re driving though a flood or cruising at speed on the motorway.
As well as being a sporty drive, Levante S is also a safe haven. Optional active safety systems include Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Alert, Rear Cross Path detection, and Lane Departure and Forward Collision warning systems.