Family man who loves driving
May 12, 2018
After trading my Jag XFR, I wanted a performance car, but my wife demanded an SUV, so I test drove the Cayenne S, Macan GTS, Range Rover Sport and X4 M. I didn't even consider the Levante as the reviews looked lukewarm and I really didn't like the Ghibli. I then saw the review for the SQ4 which was much better than the reviews that were online for the diesel (UK reviews which were horrible) and the base petrol models.
As soon as you put this car in Sport + mode, all sanity goes out the window. The handling, speed and connectivity is just so, so good, and the exhaust note just takes you over the top. I honestly prefer driving this car than I did my amazing Jag. Don't get me wrong, my second favorite was the Macan GTS - one hell of a car and the handling is amazing, but here's the thing, the Levante SQ4 has so much spirit and soul and yes, you do feel like you're driving a Ferrari (as that's who made the engine), and you don't see 20 of them every time you leave the house.
Sure there are faults with it - it's Italian, but if you love driving and want road connectivity and a true drivers SUV then it's really, really great.
The thing drinks fuel like crazy, and there are a few buttons that I wish were higher quality, but the interior looks special (I have brown/black interior with piano black finish) and it's just beautiful to my eyes.
One thing I found is that it's classed as an exotic with most insurance companies. I went from a 510hp car (the Jag) and my insurance increased by $2000 a year. Bare that in mind.
If you're in the market, I suggest the SQ4 above the base, and if you love driving, ignore the naysayers; this car is laugh-out-loud fun, absolutely thrilling and beautiful inside and out. Some people just don't get that a Maserati is an emotional choice, not an on paper one. On paper, get the Cayenne I guess, but for the real world and for real thrills and for taking the road less travelled, get the Levante S.