Are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Maserati Levante completely different animals?
The Italians are known for a great many things. The Renaissance, the Roman Coliseum, and great historical figures like Verdi and da Vinci. One thing they weren’t known for, however, was performance crossovers. Now, however, that’s all changed. Two crossover cousins from Fiat-Chrysler have rolled into the hotly contested marketplace: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the Maserati Levante. Both come from the same company, but just how similar are they? In this video, TFL’s Nathan Adlen and Tommy Mica find out how these two Italians stack up against one another.
Let’s start with the Maserati Levante and it’s price. At $74,790 and up, the Levante’s price is just the first area where these two crossovers are worlds apart. Then there are the engines. The Maserati features two engines, each in two states of tune. The base Levante and the S variant house a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 345 and 424 horsepower, respectively. The recently-launched GTS sports 550 horsepower from a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8. Finally, at the top end, the Trofeo – also powered by a V8 – packs a whopping 590 horsepower: good for 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, according to Maserati.
How does the Alfa Romeo Stelvio compare?
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio takes a different approach to power than the Levante. On the base trims, there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. On the high performance end, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio kicks out 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft from a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 shared with its sedan cousin, the Giulia.
While the larger Maserati offers up 19.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the seats folded, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio provides 19.0 cubic feet. They aren’t far apart on volume, considering the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches shorter than the Levante. Their interiors are farther apart, however. While both don leather trim, the Maserati focuses more on comfort and luxury, while the Stelvio concentrates on the driving experience, particularly with the steering wheel.