Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The starting point for Levante ownership might seem reasonable, but it’s possible to add a five-figure sum in options. Standard equipment includes leather seats, climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system, but you have to pay extra for heated seats, sportier exterior design and a truly sumptuous interior.
Running costs are also on the high side, no matter which engine you go for. The diesel unit emits 207g/km of CO2 and offers records official fuel consumption of 35.8mpg. In practice, we found the figure to be just over 30mpg.
The petrol Levante will cost you even more, returning just 24.4mpg officially (that dips under 20mpg with even moderate real-world use) and emitting 268g/km of CO2. At least the more powerful S isn't much worse, at 23.9mpg and 273g/km.
Also consider the fact that the Levante is pricey to lease and finance on a PCP deal, due to heavy depreciation.
While you get the usual selection of airbags and electronic controls, automatic emergency braking comes as part of an option pack. This also adds adaptive cruise control with a stop/go function, plus blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition. Should that appeal, you'll be paying a four-figure sum for the privilege.
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