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Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.6
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GT Review

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GT earns a spot in the top half of our luxury sports car rankings because of its powerful engines, thrilling handling, and elegant cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Voracious lineup of engines
  • Fantastic handling
  • Elegant cabin design and materials
  • Long list of features
  • Subpar fuel economy

Is the Mercedes-AMG GT a Good Car?

The GT is a fantastic luxury sports car. You can choose from six engine options, and nearly all of them are hand-built, twin-turbocharged V8s with horsepower ratings ranging from 429 to 630. Some Mercedes-AMG GT models can sprint from zero to 60 mph in the low 3 seconds, which is one of the fastest times in the class. It tears through corners with gusto thanks to a phenomenal suspension system and precision handling.

It's not all about fun behind the wheel, though. This AMG also has a refined cabin with user-friendly features. Mercedes introduced a new four-door model for 2019. It adds two spacious rear seats and joins a lineup that already features sporty coupe and roadster versions.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-AMG GT?

Yes, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a great buy. However, since this is in a class full of many other great buys, you’ll probably want to check out some other cars before committing. If you like the unadulterated sports-car appeal of the regular GT Coupe, test drive it against the new generation of the Porsche 911, a class heavyweight in its own right. If the new four-door GT speaks to you with its space and practicality, consider the refined Porsche Panamera. If it's top-down cruising you're after, give a look to the Mercedes-Benz SL.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mercedes-AMG GT?

For 2019, Mercedes and AMG introduced a new four-door version of the GT. It's the least-expensive model in the lineup, and it marks the first time that the GT is available with four seats. This GT has features like Apple CarPlay, huge infotainment screens, and a long list of advanced driver assistance and safety systems, that you won't find Coupe and Roadster versions.

The AMG GT has been around since the 2015 model year, but we only started covering it with the 2018 GT. The Roadster debuted for the 2018 model year and didn't see any notable changes for 2019. If you're set on an open-air experience, consider shopping for a 2018 GT Roadster to likely save some money over a new car. Likewise, the GT Coupe has remained fairly unchanged over the years, so you may be better off shopping for an older model, which also likely cost a lot less than a new model.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 GT review to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 16 Mercedes-AMG GT reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 GT is the right new car for you. This 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2015 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Mercedes-AMG GT Cost?

The new-for-2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 53 four-door model starts at $99,000. It's the only model in the lineup that costs five figures, and it also has the weakest engine. Prices for higher four-door trims climb as high as $159,000.

For those who only need two doors and two seats, the 2019 AMG GT Coupe starts at $112,700 and goes up to $159,350 for the range-topping GT R. The GT Roadster has two trims that retail for $124,700 and $158,850.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mercedes-Benz deals page.

Mercedes-AMG GT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mercedes-AMG GT or Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 is fully redesigned for the 2020 model year and secures a high spot among luxury sports cars. Porsche equips its flagship car with only one engine choice for 2019: a 443-horsepower twin-turbocharged flat-six. This powertrain is incredibly refined; it zooms the 911 around with ease and is a perfect complement to the car's dynamic handling and enthusiastic character. If you're looking for more muscle under the hood, check out the 2019 model and its handful of engine options with output ratings between 500 and 700 horsepower. You can expect an expanded engine lineup for the eighth-generation 911 over the next few years. This is a great matchup – a motoring icon of almost 60 years against a car purpose-built by a performance shop. For those ready to spend six figures on a car, both the Mercedes-Benz GT and the redesigned 911 are phenomenal choices. 

Which Is Better: Mercedes-AMG GT or Porsche Panamera?

The Porsche Panamera is a super luxury car that matches up well against the four-seat AMG GT. Both cars boast ample second-row space and the cargo utility of a hatchback. Engine options and power ratings are similar between these two models; the four-door GT puts out between 429 and 630 horsepower, while the Panamera starts at 330 horsepower and reaches 680 in a top-of-the-line hybrid variant. The Panamera has a much lower base price of $86,300, but it reaches six-figure territory if you want the next most-powerful engine. Across their trims and price ranges, these German rivals are comparable when it comes to available features and the opulent interior quality. Take both of them for a spin, and see which one you like more.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-AMG GT or Mercedes-Benz SL?

Shoppers who have their eye on the AMG GT Roadster should compare it to another model in the automaker's lineup: the Mercedes-Benz SL convertible. The SL is more of a luxury grand tourer than a flat-out track monster, so its overall performance is a little more muted. At around $89,000, you can get into an SL for much less than a GT Roadster, which starts at $124,700. Both cars have top trims in the $150,000s, with 550 horsepower for the GT and 577 in the AMG SL 63. The SL roadster has more trunk space than the drop-top AMG, as well as more modern features like a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. If the livelier handling and stronger performance of the GT is worth the steep price difference, go for it. Otherwise, stick with the SL.

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GT Interior

How Many People Does the GT Seat?

The AMG GT Coupe and Roadster versions are two-seat sports cars. The performance front bucket seats keep you in place when cornering hard but are also relaxing on long trips. In some configurations of the GT, you can get automatic dynamic side bolsters, which provide extra support to hold you in place around corners.

The new-for-2019 four-door AMG GT adds a spacious, two-seat second row with lots of head- and legroom. You can increase passenger comfort with optional rear-seat treats like tri-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, a household-style power outlet, two USB ports, a touch-screen console, and heated and cooled cupholders.

GT and Car Seats

GT models with two seats don’t have any LATCH car-seat connections, but you'll find them in the four-seat AMG GT.

GT Interior Quality

The GT makes the grade when it comes to interior quality. Its sleek and modern cabin is awash in quality materials. However, like nearly all Mercedes models, you'll face an insane base price but still get standard synthetic leather upholstery. In the GT, Nappa leather seats are the next step up for an extra couple thousand dollars.

GT Cargo Space

The AMG GT Coupe has 10.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a luxury sports car. The soft-top Roadster has a minuscule 5.8-cubic-foot. At the time of this writing, Mercedes has not released cargo figures for the new 2019 GT four-door.

GT Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The features and tech you'll find in the Mercedes-Benz GT largely depend on its body style. The all-new GT four-door incorporates most of Mercedes' latest infotainment offerings, with side-by-side 12.3-inch display screens that flow seamlessly together to create a virtual dashboard. One is a fully digital instrument cluster, while the other is home to the COMAND infotainment system. You use a touchpad on the center console to control COMAND, unlike the rotary knob found in older Mercedes models. There's a slight learning curve to the system, and the touchpad can be overly sensitive, sometimes registering accidental touches. Features exclusive to the AMG GT sedan include Apple CarPlay and wireless device charging.

Now in their fifth model year of production, GT Coupe and Roadster models are a little more dated. These GT variants have an 8.4-inch infotainment screen, and they lack amenities like CarPlay. This version of COMAND utilizes a physical control knob on the center console that makes adjusting features pretty straightforward.

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GT Performance

GT Engine: Half a Dozen Choices

It says something about a car's priorities when its least powerful engine is a turbocharged inline-six that doles out 429 horsepower. That's the standard offering in the new 2019 AMG GT four-door, and it's the only six-cylinder engine in the lineup. All other GTs – coupes, roadsters, and higher four-door trims – have a hand-built AMG twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. In the coupe and roadster, that engine makes 469, 515, 550, or 577 horsepower, depending on trim. The V8 in the four-door GT produces 577 or 630 horsepower.

Every single engine is a force to be reckoned with. Power delivery is instant and strong, as it effortlessly reaches high speeds. Roadster and Coupe GT models all come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the four-door features a newer nine-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission. Both of these gearboxes fire off sharp shifts, and you can use the responsive paddle shifters for even more engagement.

The GT Coupe dashes from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds, and it has a top speed of 198 mph. The AMG GT 63 S has a zero-to-60 time of 3.1 seconds, making it one of the fastest sedans you can buy.

This wouldn't be a proper AMG without a huge list of available performance upgrades. You can outfit some GT models with things like an AMG upgraded exhaust, launch control, a race driving mode, a drift mode, and computer-controlled engine and transmission mounts.

GT Gas Mileage: Below-Average for the Class

Unsurprisingly, the AMG GT gets its best fuel economy with the six-cylinder engine. Its EPA-estimated numbers of 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway are already unimpressive, even for a luxury sports car, and it only gets worse with the twin-turbo V8s. Gas mileage estimates for V8-equipped GTs range from 15-16 mpg in the city to 20-22 mpg on the highway.

GT Ride and Handling: Take It to the Track

The AMG GT was built to carve up corners just as adeptly as it rockets off the starting line. Steering is responsive and provides excellent control and poise through turns. All models come with a sport-tuned suspension that keeps things dialed in when you want to toss the car around, but the ride remains fairly comfortable for daily drives or long cruises. Coupe and Roadster models have a standard limited-slip differential. The new four-door GT features standard all-wheel drive that results in excellent road grip.

Optional performance upgrades include an AMG adaptive sport suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, high-performance carbon-ceramic brakes, rear-wheel steering, race-derived adjustable traction control, adjustable AMG coilover suspension, an adjustable air suspension, and a setup for wider fenders, track, and wheels.

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GT Reliability

Is the Mercedes-AMG GT Reliable?

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is considered average for all new cars, but all luxury sports cars earn a rating of three or above.

Mercedes-AMG GT Warranty

Mercedes-Benz covers the AMG GT with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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GT Safety

GT Crash Test Results

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT has not been put through crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

GT Safety Features

All 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT models come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Optional features in the Coupe and Roadster include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.

The four-door GT Coupe features standard adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic parking assist. It can also be equipped with the latest in Mercedes’ advanced driver assistance features. One option package has more than a dozen of these technologies, including adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, active lane change assist, emergency stop assist, pedestrian detection, and active blind spot monitoring.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Dimensions and Weight

From front to back, the GT four-door model is 16 feet, 7 inches long. Coupe and Roadster models are a bit shorter, at 15 feet.

Coupe models have a curb weight between 3,560 and 3,748 pounds. The Roadster weighs between 3,516 and 3,660 pounds. The four-door model weighs between 4,577 and 4,758 pounds.

Where Is the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Built?

Mercedes builds the 2019 GT in Germany.

Which Mercedes-AMG GT Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT is available in Coupe, Roadster, and four-door body styles. All Coupe and Roadster versions have a hand-built twin-turbocharged V8 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The new four-door GT has standard all-wheel drive and a nine-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission. Engine choices for the four-door GT include a turbocharged six-cylinder and one of two twin-turbocharged V8s.

Any AMG GT model will give you ludicrous performance, so your choice will largely come down to your preferred body style, budget, and penchant for technology – not to mention how many seats you want. The new four-door GT is the least expensive and has exclusive features like two 12.3-inch digital displays, Apple CarPlay, and a long list of advanced driver assistance features.

Mercedes-AMG GT

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe starts at $112,700, and the Roadster starts at $124,700. Standard features include a 469-horsepower engine, synthetic leather upholstery, heated performance seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated and power-folding outside mirrors. The standard COMAND infotainment system includes an 8.4-inch display, navigation, a four-speaker stereo, voice recognition, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. The GT also comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

The Lane Tracking package costs $875 and adds blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a hands-free trunk are optional for $900 altogether. You can also get a panoramic roof for $1,250, Nappa leather seats for $1,900, adaptive cruise control for $2,250, and a 10-speaker Burmester surround-sound stereo for $1,300. Performance options include an AMG upgraded exhaust for $1,800 and an AMG adaptive sport suspension for $1,500. The GT Roadster offers ventilated seats for $450.

Mercedes-AMG GT S

The AMG GT S Coupe retails for $132,700. It has a 515-horsepower engine, an electronic limited-slip differential, an AMG performance exhaust, an AMG adaptive sport suspension, launch control, and a race driving mode. It also features Nappa leather seats, a 10-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a hands-free trunk.

For $2,600, you can add the AMG Dynamic Plus package with computer-controlled engine and transmission mounts, retuned steering and suspension, and a performance steering wheel. Other options include the panoramic roof, $4,500 11-speaker Burmester stereo, and high-performance carbon-ceramic brakes for $8,950.

Mercedes-AMG GT C

AMG GT C models put out 550 horsepower. The Coupe starts at $147,300, and the Roadster comes in at $158,850. The GT C comes with rear-wheel steering, wider fenders and wheels, and the performance upgrades of the Dynamic Plus package.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

The $159,350 AMG GT R makes 577 horsepower and adds a race-derived adjustable traction control, carbon fiber construction, and adjustable AMG coilover suspension.

Mercedes-AMG GT 53

The 2019 AMG GT 53 is the new base model of the four-door version, with a starting price of $99,000. It comes with a 429-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, a nine-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. The AMG GT 53 comes standard with adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic parking assist, remote start, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, and wireless device charging.

Nappa leather upholstery is optional for between $2,990 and $4,850. The Executive Rear Seat package costs $3,550 and adds split-folding rear seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat wireless device charging, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, two rear USB ports, a rear-seat touch screen, and rear heated and cooled cupholders. The $1,050 Warmth & Comfort package includes rapid front-seat heating, heated front armrests and door panels, and a heated steering wheel. For $2,250, the Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, evasive steering assist, pedestrian detection, front cross-traffic automatic braking, emergency stop assist, speed limit assist, traffic sign recognition, and navigation-based cruise control and speed assist.

Multicontour massaging front seats are optional for $1,320, and ventilated front seats cost $450. AMG performance front seats are $2,500, and you can upgrade those with dynamic side bolsters for an additional $700. Other options include heated rear seats for $580, soft-close doors for $550, a head-up display for $990, and a surround-view parking camera for $500.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63

For $136,500, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 has a 577-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine, an adjustable air suspension, rear-wheel steering, and Nappa leather upholstery. The AMG Dynamic Plus package ($3,000) adds dynamic engine and transmission mounts, race and drift modes, yellow brake calipers, and a performance steering wheel with mounted performance controls.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S

The $159,000 GT 63 S makes 630 horsepower and features standard drift and race mode.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mercedes-Benz deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT is a great car and a fine choice for shoppers that prioritizes luxury as well as performance. However, in a class rife with excellent alternatives, you may find something else you like a bit more.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "From mild to wild, AMG will have a car for you, and after sampling both the base and range-topping models, I can confidently say that you won't be disappointed with any version of this swoopy stunner." -- CNET
  • "If you're in the market for a four-door sports car, the GT 4-Door Coupe is very good. Especially in 63 S form. … If we'd gotten more time behind the wheel, the GT 4-Door Coupe's weaknesses may have started to show. But it made a solid first impression on both the road and the track, and when it goes on sale, the [Porsche] Panamera's going to have some serious competition." -- Motor Trend
  • "Coupe or roadster, from the base car to the hotted-up R model, the AMG GTs are visually arresting, blindingly fast, and extraordinarily rewarding to drive. And, at least for now, they're even rarer than Ferraris." -- Car and Driver (2018)
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