Mercedes-AMG GT review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Space and practicality is not the Mercedes-AMG GT’s strong point
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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1Mercedes-AMG GT reviewThe Mercedes-AMG has the Porsche 911 in its sights with sleek styling, storming V8 performance and plenty of tech
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Mercedes-AMG GT’s performance and handling are truly impressive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsHigh running costs are inevitable, but certainly no worse than the Mercedes-AMG GT’s rivals
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Mercedes-AMG GT’s cabin is gorgeous – and there’s no shortage of standard equipment
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingSpace and practicality is not the Mercedes-AMG GT’s strong point
- 6Reliability and SafetyTop build quality and plenty of safety kit make the Mercedes-AMG GT a safe and reliable performance car