Mercedes AMG GT 4-door review
The Mercedes AMG GT 4-door tries to be all things to all (rich) people. It’s fast, reasonably practical, luxurious and well-built. It’s expensive, though, and looks too similar to the CLS
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The Mercedes AMG GT 4-door is a luxurious four-door coupe with supercar performance and enough space inside for up to five adults. This alternative to the likes of the cheaper Porsche Panamera is available with two engines with four power outputs – all of which drive all four wheels through an automatic gearbox as standard.
It’s not just packed with high-performance tech – inside you get a seriously luxurious interior, too. The GT 4-door’s cabin looks like an AMG greatest hits album, with loads of stylish touches borrowed from other models. The wide sweeping dashboard with four circular air vents looks almost identical to what you get in the E63, while the raised centre console comes courtesy of the AMG GT sports car.
The latter gets new touch-sensitive buttons laid out in two banks of four to mimic the cylinder layout of a V8 engine. Unfortunately, while they might look cool, they aren’t particularly easy to use on the move. Try to alter the suspension stiffness while you’re driving and you might accidentally crank up the exhaust volume – not ideal for slinking through sleepy villages at the crack of dawn.
Thankfully, the touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel are much easier to use and help you quickly scroll through the menus on the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door’s dual-screen infotainment system. These two 12.3-inch units create an almost seamless display in front of the steering wheel – replacing both conventional analogue dials and a central screen.
In addition to the standard customisable dials and widescreen sat nav displays, you also get a dedicated AMG sports mode that’ll measure lap times at a race track or drag strip – just the thing if you plan to take your luxurious super-coupe on regular track days.
If you do, you’ll appreciate the extra supportive seats you get as standard in high-spec 63 S models. They’re super comfortable, come with buckets of adjustment and are trimmed in uber-plush Nappa leather.
Whichever model you go for, you’ll find the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door is spacious enough to seat four adults in comfort. There’s acres of space in the front seats and even the back seats have enough leg- and headroom for six-foot-tall passengers to get comfy.
Three adults will just about fit in the back, but the narrow central seat and raised rear floor mean they might have to draw straws for the more comfortable outer perches. You can choose to have the central rear seat replaced with a raised armrest if you only ever plan to carry two in the back.
And if you regularly carry lots of luggage, you won’t be disappointed by the size of the AMG GT 4-door’s boot. It’s only slightly smaller than that in the Porsche Panamera so won’t have any trouble swallowing a few large suitcases or a set of golf clubs. You can even fold the back seats flat to carry very large items, but the AMG GT 4-door’s hatchback boot opening results in a quite a tall load lip.
The Mercedes AMG GT 4-door is a hugely luxurious way to transport you and three friends at 196mph. It’s just a shame it doesn’t have dramatic looks to match its performance
If you’re considering a high-performance AMG model, chances are you’ll be more interested in performance than practicality. In this respect, you can choose from 43 and 53 models with six-cylinder hybrid engines, or a pair of 63 models with a rip-roaring 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8.
Entry-level 43 cars with 367hp and mid-range 53 models with 435hp launch from 0-62mph in less than five seconds, but the more expensive V8 versions are significantly faster. Pick a 585hp 63 car and the 0-62mph sprint will be over in just 3.4 seconds while top-spec 63 S versions with 639hp trim 0.2 seconds off this time.
This ferocious turn of speed is made possible by a quick-shifting nine-speed automatic gearbox and a grippy four-wheel drive system. In high-spec 63 S models, the 4MATIC drive system can even switch to two-wheel drive – just like in the E 63S – to allow this lengthy four-door to perform massive power slides. Where the law permits, of course.
Once you’ve finished having fun on the track, the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door makes a comfortable motorway cruiser. You get adjustable air suspension as standard that irons out most bumps and potholes in comfort mode, yet – in Sport and Sport+ modes – helps stop the AMG GT 4-door’s large body from leaning in tight corners. The sportiest setting is just a little too firm to use every day.
Something you will want to use on a regular basis is the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door’s driver assistance systems. These can accelerate, brake and even steer for you on motorways – providing you keep your hands on the steering wheel – to help make long drives as relaxing as possible.
This advanced tech should also make the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door a very safe executive coupe, and one that’s certainly worth considering if you’re looking for something luxurious, comfortable and supremely fast.