The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door: Is It Worth the Hype?
We recently tested the pre-facelift 2021 model of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, and even without the updates for 2022, this car still offers plenty in terms of style, performance, and technology. Out of the various models available, the mid-range GT53 is arguably the best option. Let’s dive into the details and find out if this car lives up to the hype.
Power and Performance
The GT53 is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, complemented by EQ Boost electrification. This powertrain delivers a smooth and refined driving experience, making it the smoothest powertrain in its class. With a total output of 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, the GT53 offers impressive performance. The mild-hybrid system contributes an additional 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, which helps to smooth out gear changes and reduce turbo lag.
The acceleration of the GT53 is undoubtedly quick, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The power is distributed to all four wheels via the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, ensuring excellent traction and stability. Moreover, the GT53 emits a fantastic sound, especially when downshifting, producing a firework-like pop from the exhaust.
Stepping inside the GT53 is like entering a high-end spaceship. The front seats are some of the best sport buckets available, providing excellent comfort and support. Our test car featured a stunning combination of Saddle Brown and black Nappa leather, which added a touch of elegance to the cabin. The seats come with heating, ventilation, and multi-contour massage functions, ensuring a pleasant driving experience in any situation.
If you opt for the Executive Rear Seat package, the second-row passengers will also enjoy sport bucket seats, although they won’t have the massage function. This package also includes a fixed center console with a small touchscreen, heated and cooled cupholders, wireless phone charging, and three-zone climate control. The GT53 features a 12.3-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, both equipped with the highly acclaimed MBUX infotainment system. The standard features include Apple CarPlay, onboard Wi-Fi, and even a rear touchscreen with basic MBUX functions.
The overall design of the GT 4-Door line is striking and well-executed. From the raked roofline to the aggressive front fascia, it’s hard not to appreciate the aesthetics of this car. In our opinion, the GT53 in Obsidian Black with black AMG wheels and a Saddle Brown interior is the perfect specification. The optional 21-inch wheels, priced at $3,950, enhance the appearance, while the AMG Night package further adds a touch of aggression with its black accents.
Although the GT53 offers a lot to love, there are a few drawbacks to consider. First, the ride can be harsh, especially when equipped with the optional 21-inch wheels. The adaptive AMG dampers attempt to provide a comfortable ride in Comfort mode, but the combination of large wheels and low-profile performance tires compromises ride quality. The Sport and Sport Plus modes further stiffen the suspension, resulting in an even harsher ride.
Another drawback is the limited space in the second row. Due to the sloped roof, the 38.2 inches of headroom might make taller passengers feel cramped. While legroom is sufficient, the rear entryway is a bit narrow, making it challenging for adults to get in and out comfortably.
The starting price of the GT53 is $99,950, which is reasonable compared to its competitors. However, as we add options, the price quickly escalates. Our test car ended up costing a staggering $126,320, and it wasn’t even fully loaded. The most expensive options were the 21-inch wheels at $3,950 and the Executive rear seats at $3,550. Other costly options include a fixed panoramic roof, the Driver Assistance package, heated and ventilated seats, among others.
When comparing the GT53 to its equally powerful sibling, the E53, it is hard to justify the significant price difference. The E53 offers more headroom and legroom, as well as most of the same technology, making it a more practical choice for many.
Despite its minor drawbacks and steep price tag, the Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door still manages to impress. Its smooth powertrain, luxurious cabin, and eye-catching design make it a compelling option in the segment. However, potential buyers should carefully weigh the pros and cons and consider other more affordable alternatives before making a final decision. Overall, if you are willing to make a few sacrifices for sublime style and performance, the GT53 could be the perfect choice for you.