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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.

Size

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.

Boot

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.

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