Johannesburg – Does Maserati have a cooking clue what it's doing in the SUV market?

Recently launched in SA, the Levante starts at an eye-watering R1 650 000, but then that trident badge has never come cheap. For now, only one model is offered to South Africans and this comes in the form of a 3-litre single turbo V6 with 202kW and 570Nm (600 on overboost) paired with an 8-speed auto gearbox.

But is it really worth the money?

Jesse Adams took the Italian marque’s first attempt at a high-rider for a spin to find out.