Nissan GT-R review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Roomy for a supercar, and with plenty of boot space, but the ride isn’t comfortable and the back seats are small
Given the performance available, the big Nissan is surprisingly practical. However, there’s not a lot of storage, with only a glovebox, a pair of cup holders and cramped door pockets for all your odds and ends.
Technology lovers will cherish the multifunction display at the centre of the dashboard, because it provides information on everything from cornering g-forces to turbo boost pressure. However, the switchgear and cabin plastics are better suited to a supermini than a supercar, and the bluff dashboard looks basic. It comes with loads of standard kit, but possibly not the sense of occasion you expect from a 196mph sports car.
It's also worth restating that the car’s firm ride and noisy tyres mean it’s not really a relaxed cruiser. Other potential rivals like the Porsche 911 or Audi R8 offer a greater degree of suspension compliance and rde comfort, while BMW’s big M8 Coupe has a completely different feel and is more expensive, but is certainly more luxurious, too.
The Nissan GT-R doesn’t feel that small and wieldy on the road, and the dimensions back that up. It’s 4,710mm long, 1,895mm wide, and 1,370mm tall, which makes it a fair bit bigger than the Porsche 911, which measures 4,499mm x 1,852mm x 1,298mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Adults are unlikely to be able to squeeze into the rear seats for anything but a very short trip, but they’re fine for children and extra luggage. Occupants up front get plenty of head and legroom, while the driver benefits from lots of seat and wheel adjustment.
There’s even a decent 315-litre boot – although it suffers from a high loading lip. At least it’s a usable shape, though, with no funny protrusions, and it’s big for a supercar. It will easily swallow a pair of suitcases or golf clubs.
In this review
- 1Nissan GT-R (2009-2022) reviewJapan’s iconic super coupe is showing its age, in spite of immense performance and a high-tech image
- 2Engines, performance and driveFerocious power and awesome grip make the GT-R a genuine road warrior
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThirsty, expensive to tax and insure, and will cost you a packet to sell on… just like any supercar
- 4Interior, design and technologyExtensive cockpit tech is part of the GT-R character, but fit and finish isn’t up to the standard of rivals
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingRoomy for a supercar, and with plenty of boot space, but the ride isn’t comfortable and the back seats are small
- 6Reliability and SafetyReliability is strong, and safety should be good although there’s no independent NCAP crash test