Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Improved cabin for 2017
  • Uplift in quality but rivals do it better
  • Gadget-heavy multimedia system remains

While the Nissan GT-R’s exterior was chiselled and purposeful, for the first few years its cabin was a comparative mess: loads of familiar Nissan components appeared to have been fired into the leather-wrapped dashboard and consequently it lacked much sense of cohesion.

It was just about passable back in 2009 when it was on sale around the £55,000 mark but as the price crept up it became less acceptable.

A 2017 model year facelift heralded a revision for the cabin, with 14 fewer buttons peppering the dash, more leather and a BMW-style multimedia screen sat proud of the moulding rather than deeply set into it. Sure, some of the switchgear has a whiff of Qashqai about it but it feels well screwed together and there’s a tangible uplift in quality – if not up to the standards of its Germanic rivals.

As was ever thus, that multimedia screen can display all manner of tehnodata to keep the Playstation Generation happy – G-force meter anyone?

Forward visibility is decent, although it’s tricky to locate the corners of the car without relying on the camera or sensors. Rearward vision is hampered by thick pillars and a slot-like back window.

The driving position is reasonably adjustable, with eight-way seats and a rake-and-reach-adjustable steering wheel. The latter requires you to push a handle for each motion though, which is unusual and unnecessarily complex.

You’ve also got two 12v power sockets and a front centre console with armrest containing a storage box, plus two cupholders in the front and rear.

  • Adjustable suspension good on normal roads
  • Front seats are fairly spacious, rears tighter
  • Cruises quietly, noisier when provoked

Compare the level of comfort served up by the Nissan GT-R with some of its rivals and it feels positively luxury saloon-like.

This hasn’t always gone down well with some hardcore GT-R fans though who choose to keep the adjustable suspension in its firmest setting.

Year-on-year revisions have softened some of the Nissan’s settings as the brand pursued a more refined air for its sports car, especially with the suspension in its most comfortable mode.

For 2017 there’s a greater choice, with the Track Edition and Nismo versions featuring race car-inspired, firmer suspension – still with three stages of adjustability – while the Pure, Recaro and Prestige cater for those looking for something a little more civilised and forgiving on Britain’s poorly surfaced roads.

For a car offering such a high level of performance, there’s a decent amount of room up front – although taller occupants may have to recline the seats back for the requisite headroom – while the back seats are more generous than many rivals, they’re hardly palatial.

The Prestige’s wider front seats will feel especially comfortable for those on the portlier side and with eight-way adjustment for the driver’s seat it’s relatively easy to feel comfortable behind the wheel.