2020 Maserati Levante GTS vs. 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Comparison

2020 Levante GTS vs. 2020 Cayenne Turbo Comparison

The Maserati Levante GTS

High-performance SUVs offer potent powertrains, track-focused styling, and spacious interiors which offer greater versatility than their sedan counterparts. With the segment experiencing rapid growth in popularity, buyers now have a daunting amount of choices to select from. Fortunately, Maserati Louisville is here to help make your decision easier. Our team has assembled this in-depth competitive comparison which takes a look at how well the impressive Maserati Levante GTS measures up against one its biggest rivals — the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Let’s investigate exactly which of these powerful SUVs is the superior option.

2020 Maserati Levante GTS
2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2020 Maserati
Levante GTS
VS 2020 Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
$122,090 ✓ Starting MSRP $126,500
550 ✓ Horsepower 541
181 ✓ Top Track Speed 177
20-inch standard (21-inch available – +$1,800) Wheels 21-inches
Bowers & Wilkins (+$2,000) ✓ Optional Audio 710-watt Bose
Bowers & Wilkins (+$1,990) ✓ Optional Audio Burmester (+$5,810)
Standard ✓ Adaptive LED Matrix Headlamps Optional (+$1,200)
Standard ✓ Limited-Slip Differential Optional (+$1,500)
Standard ✓ Keyless Entry Requires Package (+$940)
Optional (+$500) ✓ Hands-Free Tailgate Requires Package (+$940)
Available Driver Assistance – Standard ✓
-Highway Assist & Adaptive Cruise Control
-Active Blind Spot & Lane Keeping Assist
-360° Surround View Camera
-Forward Collision Warning Plus
-Traffic Sign Recognition
Front Seats Standard Heated, Optional Ventilation (+$850)
Standard ✓ Blind Spot Monitoring Optional (+$950)
Level II Driver Assistance Package (+$1,590) ✓
– Highway Assist & Adaptive Cruise Control
– Active Blind Spot & Lane Keeping Assist
– 360° Surround View Camera
– Forward Collision Warning Plus
– Traffic Sign Recognition
Available Driver Assistance Adaptive Cruise Control (+$2,000)
Surround View Camera (+$1,200)
$126,390 ✓ Net MSRP (excluding destination) $140,950

To help create a level playing field for both SUVs, we’ve taken the time to equip the Levante GTS and Cayenne Turbo with identical options and feature content. For non-standard features, the cost for each is listed in parenthesis next to the accompanied option. Now that we have identically-equipped models, let’s take a closer look.


Right from the start, the Levante GTS has a starting price which is $4,410 lower than the Cayenne Turbo. While both SUVs come equipped with potent twin-turbo V8 engines, the Maserati holds the advantage with greater horsepower and a higher top track speed than the Porsche. Designed by Maserati Powertrain and built exclusively by Ferrari at their factory in Maranello, Italy — the Levante GTS is engineered to deliver unparalleled performance. The sole advantage for the Cayenne on the exterior are its standard 21-inch wheels, although the Levante GTS does offer a large selection of 21-inch wheels to choose from. A standard limited-slip differential helps transfer the immense power of the Levante GTS to the road surface. Porsche buyers will have to shell out another $1,500 to receive limited-slip.

2020 Maserati Levante GTS Rear
2020 Maserati Levante GTS Full Matrix LED Headlamps

Lighting & Audio

Both SUVs offer Adaptive Matrix LED headlights which provide superior visibility and piercing clarity, with the cost advantage going to Maserati. Looking at standard audio systems, once again the Levante GTS comes out on top with its more powerful 900-watt Harman Kardon system. For drivers craving the ultimate audio experience, both vehicles in this comparison were equipped with the optional audio system. The Bowers & Wilkins system found in the Levante GTS rings in at nearly $3,000 less than the Burmester system offered on the Cayenne Turbo.

Comfort, Convenience, & Technology

On the Maserati Levante GTS, you’ll enjoy standard keyless entry along with a low-cost optional hands-free tailgate. You’ll be required to pay $940 for a Comfort Access package in order to receive each of these useful features on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Perfect for taming those chilly winter mornings or scorching hot summer afternoons — the Levante GTS comes standard with heated and ventilated front seats. While heating is standard on the Cayenne Turbo, once again you’ll have to pay an additional $850 to add ventilation functionality to its front seats.

In terms of cutting-edge safety features, the far superior option is the Maserati Levante GTS. Continuing the trend of this comparison, the Maserati comes standard with Blind Spot Monitoring while the Porsche offers it as a standalone option.

The Cayenne Turbo in this matchup was also equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control and a Surround View Camera for the tidy sum of $3,200. Unlike Porsche, the Maserati Levante GTS comes standard with an array of cutting-edge driver-assist technologies. In addition to Adaptive Cruise Control and a 360° Surround View Camera, you will receive Highway Assist, Active Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning Plus, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

2020 Maserati Levante GTS Interior
2020 Maserati Levante GTS Side Profile

Winner — Maserati Levante GTS

Once we tally the total costs of the identically-equipped Levante GTS and Cayenne Turbo, Maserati emerges as the clear winner of this matchup. As compared above, the Maserati Levante GTS offers $14,560 in savings against one of its top rivals.

Faster, safer, and better equipped than the Cayenne Turbo, the Maserati Levante GTS represents the pinnacle of what a high-performance SUV is capable of. Maserati Louisville invites you to come experience the seductive style, muscular performance, and tremendous value represented by the Levante GTS.