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Mercedes-AMG GT review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Space and practicality is not the Mercedes-AMG GT’s strong point

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

3.2 out of 5

Price
£96,000 to £374,080
  • Storming V8 engine
  • Sharp handling
  • Huge grip
  • Sensitive steering
  • Expensive to buy
  • Noisy at motorway speeds

Day-to-day usability is key to rivalling coupes such as the Porsche 911, but the Mercedes-AMG GT isn't the most practical sports car on the market.

For starters, it’s strictly a two-seater and while cars in this class are not bought for their seating capacity, rivals such as the 911 and Aston Martin DB11 at least offer small back seats suitable for children.

The Mercedes’ chunky A-pillars (the solid bits on either side of a car's windscreen) make visibility tricky at junctions, and the high bonnet means some hills will be tough to see over. With tiny door pockets and a small glovebox, storage space is a bit tight in the cabin, too. 

Size

The AMG GT is 4,546mm long, 1,939mm wide and 1,287mm tall, which makes it longer, lower and wider than a Porsche 911. It’s also longer than the Audi R8, almost exactly as wide but a bit taller.  

Leg room, head room & passenger space

A low seat means there’s plenty of headroom and the driving position is excellent, so the AMG GT can be a comfortable long-distance grand tourer. It’s the same deal for the passenger seat, so transporting two in comfort is easy enough, but that’s about the extent of the Mercedes’ abilities in terms of space.

Boot

The boot is similar in shape to the F-Type Coupe's, and it will hold two golf bags longways. There's a maximum of 350 litres, or 285 litres if you pull the load cover closed, but at least that keeps your belongings out of sight. The boot lid opens wide so access is easy and there’s an aluminium strut to stop luggage sliding forward under braking.

However, the shallow boot and its lumpy floor make the space a little awkward. By comparison, the F-Type Coupe has a 407-litre boot, while the 911’s combination of rear seats and a 115-litre deep nose boot gives it a slight advantage over the AMG GT.

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