2023 Maserati Levante vs Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The 2023 Maserati Levante competes in the popular midsize luxury SUV segment with other performance-oriented luxury SUVs. In a sea of high-output German, Japanese and American luxury SUVs, the only other Italian luxury brand that competes in this segment is Alfa Romeo. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a five-seater performance-oriented luxury SUV that delivers similar thrilling driving dynamics as the Maserati Levante. Drivers in the market for a uniquely Italian luxury SUV should have both of these vehicles on their shopping list and to make the research process easier for our valued clients, our team here at Maserati of London has compiled the key similarities and differences of these performance SUVs. Continue reading to learn more about.
For the purpose of this comparison, we will be comparing the most powerful versions of each vehicle. The range topping Maserati Levante Trofeo is equipped with a 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 engine that generates an eye-popping 580 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This high-output engine can take the Levante from a standstill to 100km/h in a blistering 4.1 seconds and boasts an electronically-limited top speed of 302 km/h. On the other hand, the high-performance Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with a 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers a respectable 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, also mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Stelvio posts a slightly slower 0-100 km/h time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 283 km/h. Both SUVs are exclusively available as all-wheel drive models, making them ideal for the snow-covered roads of Southern Ontario.
|Specifications:||2023 Maserati Levante Trofeo||2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio|
|Engine||3.8L Twin-Turbo V8||2.9L Twin-Turbo V6|
|Transmission||8-Speed Automatic||8-Speed Automatic|
|Max Speed (km/h)||302||283|
|0-100 km/h (secs)||4.1||5.5|
Both SUVs offer owners dramatic exterior styling in a way that only an Italian manufacturer can deliver. The Maserati Levante prominently sports the brand’s ubiquitous trident logo on the centre of its large chrome-adorned front grille, as well as both rear-three quarter panels. On the other hand, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers a more subdued front-end, highlighted by the brand’s signature triangular grille design and iconic Quadrofoglio Clover on behind the front wheel arches. Both SUVs offer owners several available stylish wheel designs and paint caliper colour options to choose from, as well as a plethora of standard and available exterior paint options.
Interior Design & Amenities
The Maserati Levante offers owners and passengers a truly luxurious interior cabin experience. Complete with performance-oriented accents such as genuine carbon fibre accents throughout the vehicle, aggressively-bolstered sport bucket seats upholstered in pieno fiore natural leather, and a drive mode selector located in the centre console. Rear seat passengers will enjoy the vehicle’s four-zone climate control system and available heated rear seat functionality. Owners can also opt to custom order almost every aspect of their Levante, through Maserati’s Fuoriserie program, allowing for a truly bespoke Maserati Levante.
On the other hand, the range-topping Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio also delivers a premium interior cabin experience. Its driver-oriented cockpit features an alcantara and carbon fibre-accented three-spoke flat bottom steering wheel, and available Sparco Racing seats with a full carbon fibre backplate. The Stelvio’s interior features beautifully stitched leather trim accents, a carbon fibre-trimmed dashboard and door sills, as well as an available panoramic glass sunroof.
The 2023 Maserati Levante is equipped with modern technology features such as an 8.4-inch centre touchscreen display with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The Levante is also equipped with Maserati Connect, a cloud-based technology that links the vehicle directly to your smartphone and allows owners like you to receive over the air information about your vehicle, plan trips using real-time traffic and weather updates, as well as interact using Amazon Alexa’s native voice commands. Music aficionados will appreciate the Levante’s 14-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon Premium Audio system, while true audiophiles will rejoice at the available 17-speaker, 1,280-watt Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound system.
In terms of technology, the 2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio features an 8.8-inch multimedia interface that allows owners to access vital driving information, configure the vehicle’s driving dynamics through the performance settings and connect their smartphone device to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. An available 14-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon Premium Audio system can also be equipped on upper-trim models.
The entry-level 2023 Maserati Levante GT starts at an MSRP of $112,600*, while the range-topping Levante Trofeo model begins at an MSRP of $188,500*. Conversely, the entry-level 2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint has a starting MSRP of $59,190*, while the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio model begins at an MSRP of $103,190*. When comparing both vehicles at face value, the Stelvio may seem to be the more affordable option for those looking for a high-performance Italian luxury SUV. However, owners must take in account the considerable differences in performance, standard equipment and, arguably, brand cache that the Maserati Levante has over the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Ultimately, the choice is yours when deciding what you consider to be the more attractive option.