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Compare the2022 BMW X3 MVS 2022 Maserati Levante

2022 BMW X3 M
2022 Maserati Levante

Safety

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The X3 M’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Levante doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The BMW X3 M has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Levante doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The X3 M has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Levante doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The X3 M’s standard lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. A lane departure warning system costs extra on the Levante.

The X3 M’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Levante doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X3 M and the Levante have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X3 M its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 113 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Levante has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The X3 M’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Levante.

There are over 3 times as many BMW dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X3 M’s warranty.

Engine

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The X3 M has more powerful engines than the Levante:

Horsepower

Torque

X3 M 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

473 HP

457 lbs.-ft.

X3 M Competition 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

503 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

Levante GT 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Levante Modena 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the X3 M Competition is faster than the Levante Modena 3.0 turbo V6:

X3 M

Levante

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117.3 MPH

101.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X3 M gets better mileage than the Levante:

MPG

X3 M

AWD

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

15 city/20 hwy

Competition 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

15 city/20 hwy

Levante

AWD

Modena S 3.8 turbo V8

13 city/20 hwy

Trofeo 3.8 turbo V8

13 city/20 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X3 M’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X3 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:

X3 M

Levante GT

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The X3 M stops much shorter than the Levante:

X3 M

Levante

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The X3 M Competition handles at .95 G’s, while the Levante GT pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 M Competition executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Levante GT (24.2 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

Chassis

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The X3 M is 11 inches shorter than the Levante, making the X3 M easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X3 M has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

Cargo Capacity

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The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Levante with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 20.5 cubic feet). The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Levante with its rear seat folded (62.7 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 M easier. The X3 M’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Levante’s liftover is 31.7 inches.

Pulling a handle automatically lowers the X3 M’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Levante doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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The X3 M offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed, tachometer, warning and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Levante doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X3 M’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Levante doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2020 issue and they ranked the BMW X3 M Competition two places higher than the Maserati Levante Trofeo.

The BMW X3 outsold the Maserati Levante by almost 22 to one during the 2021 model year.

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