2020 Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door vs. 2020 Dodge Charger SRT

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The AMG GT 4-Door’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The AMG GT 4-Door has a standard Active Brake Assist, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Charger SRT doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The AMG GT 4-Door has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The AMG GT 4-Door has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The AMG GT 4-Door offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Charger SRT only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG GT 4-Door and the Charger SRT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The AMG GT 4-Door comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Charger SRT’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the AMG GT 4-Door have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Charger SRT.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

Engine

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The AMG GT 63 S’ 4.0 turbo V8 produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 650) than the Charger SRT Daytona’s optional 6.2 supercharged V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the AMG GT 63 S is faster than the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat:

AMG GT

Charger SRT

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.2 sec

12.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG GT 4-Door gets better fuel mileage than the Charger SRT:

MPG

AMG GT 4-Door

53 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

19 city/23 hwy

63 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/20 hwy

63 S 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/20 hwy

Charger SRT

6.2 supercharged V8

12 city/21 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG GT 4-Door 63/63 S’ fuel efficiency. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the AMG GT 4-Door 53’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG GT 4-Door’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG GT 4-Door has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Dodge Charger SRT (1). This means the AMG GT 4-Door produces up to 45.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Charger SRT every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is available on the Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Charger SRT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG GT 4-Door’s optional brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger SRT:

AMG GT

Charger SRT

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

The AMG GT 4-Door offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The AMG GT 4-Door stops much shorter than the Charger SRT:

AMG GT

Charger SRT

80 to 0 MPH

154 feet

194 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

153 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The AMG GT 4-Door’s optional 315/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SRT’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG GT 4-Door offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Charger SRT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG GT 53 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54% to 46%) than the Charger SRT’s (56% to 44%). This gives the AMG GT 4-Door more stable handling and braking.

The AMG GT 63 S handles at 1.04 G’s, while the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

The AMG GT 63 S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (23.1 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 24.5 seconds @ .91 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG GT 4-Door’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 66% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Charger SRT, the AMG GT 4-Door has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The AMG GT 4-Door offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Charger SRT’s parking brake has to released manually.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the AMG GT 4-Door the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Charger SRT can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Charger SRT’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Charger SRT’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the AMG GT 4-Door detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the AMG GT 4-Door has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the AMG GT 4-Door to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The AMG GT 4-Door offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Charger SRT.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG GT 4-Door offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console and for the rear passengers. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The AMG GT 4-Door offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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