The answers are in the original road test of Autocar de Levante. It scored only three stars out of five, and we call it that because of its warm turbodiesel performance, normal handling, questionable cab specifications and perceived quality. In short, Range Rover and the German brands did better, although the full atmosphere and aggressive Maserati pricing made it worthy of consideration.

Now Maserati has refreshed the Levante, introducing new technology and greater aesthetic style. This time we also have a V6 petrol engine, something that until last year was denied to British buyers. Its time to find out if this contender on the left can claim his place in the limelight.

The Maserati Levante range at a glance

Maserati UK has not yet offered one of the Levante GTS or Trophy models with V8 engine, so for now the 424 hp V6 S is the best in the range for Great Britain. There are three levels of finish: Levante, GranSport and GranLusso. GranSport introduces a more performance-oriented aesthetics, including features such as sports seats, aluminium levers and black details on the exterior panels. GranLusso is a more luxurious shot, adding a silk and bright chrome interior.

Price £79,125 Power 424bhp Par 478lb ft 0-60mph 5.1sec 30-70mph in room 6.5seg Fuel consumption 16.0mpg CO2 emissions 273-282g/km 70-0mph 44.0m

What Car? new Car buyer marketplace - Maserati Levante

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