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…the Maserati Grecale is a luxury SUV aimed squarely at the Porsche Macan and Range Rover Velar. The Grecale sits just below the Levante in size terms.
Rather than offering one or two engines and two or three trim levels, the Grecale range has three engines, each with its own, single trim, level. Or, if you prefer, each of three trim levels is powered by a different engine:
Standard equipment on the GT, powered by a 300hp engine, includes 19-inch alloys, active cruise control, speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, leather upholstery, heated washer nozzles, 12.3 & 8.8-inch infotainment screens, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, satnav, 4 USB ports, keyless entry, 10-way powered front seats, heated front seats, twin-zone climate control and drive modes.
Modena trim, with a 330hp hybrid engine, adds adaptive suspension, uprated leather upholstery, head-up display, wireless phone charger, three zone climate control and 20-inch alloys.
Trofeo, powered by a 530hp V6, adds air suspension, uprated brakes, panoramic roof and 21-inch alloys.
Is The Maserati Grecale Suitable For My Fleet
At least initially, the Grecale doesn’t have a lot of fleet appeal. All versions are maxed out for benefit-in-kind tax, so you’d have to be on a cash deal to consider one and even then the fuel consumption is pretty harsh. We saw 27.1 on a very sedate run. That said, there will be an all-electric version coming at the end of 2023 and that will put Maserati firmly back on the company car radar. And the Grecale is a hugely practical SUV with excellent rear leg room and a decent sized boot.
Leasing A Maserati Grecale
Intelligent Car Leasing is offering the Grecale for £1,080 a month on a 3+36 contract with 20,000 miles a year. If you only need 10,000 miles a year, the price drops to £968 a month.
Driving A Maserati Grecale
Competition is fierce in the luxury SUV sector and drivers will want the best if they’re spending £1,000 a month on a car. Fortunately the Grecale feels special as soon as you get into the cabin thanks to some first rate materials.
All cars come with a twin touchscreen set up in the central dashboard which allows the removal of physical buttons while retaining easy access to the most regularly used controls such as volume and aircon.
However, the set up takes some getting used to as there are a lot of controls on the screen, so things aren’t simple. Fortunately Apple Carplay is standard so you can override the Maserati audio and satnav systems easily.
On the road the driving experience is impressive too. There are no fewer than five drive modes (which is possibly a couple too many), but the main modes feel different from each other.
For a car from an overtly sporty brand the Grecale remains comfortable even on broken UK roads and on large alloy wheels. It also feels nimble, which is a neat trick for such a large car. As a result the Grecale also feels sporty without ever feeling compromised.
However, it’s not perfect. Our test car had a squeak from either a rear brake or bearing which would be enough to get a retailer to have a look under warranty.
And while it’s a small thing, the keyless entry system only operates on the front doors. So for those with kids, you have to open the front before opening the rear. It just feels a little cheap – not something you really want in a luxury car.
These points aside, if you can live with the fuel consumption and the tax costs the Grecale is a very appealing car. And if you can’t live with those costs, just wait for the fully electric version.
FleetandLeasing.com Verdict On The Maserati Grecale
New Maserati Grecale in petrol form bodes very well for the fleets when the electric version arrives later this year.
- Model: Grecale Modena
- Power: 330hp
- Torque: 450Nm
- Max speed: 150mph
- 0-62mph: 5.3s
- Official mpg: 27.0mpg
- Test mpg: 27.1mpg
- CO2 emissions: 199g/km
- BIK tax band 2022/23: 37%