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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

`The Merc C43 sedan is halfway between thrifty C300 and the monstrous C63 sedan. Trimmed with rich leather and a boat-load of features, you'd be impressed by the luxury that this sedan offers, however, that ends when it comes to the ride. The stiffened sport suspension completely contrasts the initial impression you get from the cabin. Unlike the C63, the engine would leave the performance seekers unsatisfied and wanting more from the V6.

Starting at $57,450, the C43 AMG sedan is the evolution from 2016s C450. With the AMG badge comes lightning fast acceleration and amazing handling characteristics. The infotainment is top of the line and you can spec your interior with optional AMG Performance seats which come with heating and ventilation.

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Pros

Superior driving dynamics

Powerful twin turbo V6

Comfortable interior

Intuitive infotainment

Cons

Harsh ride

Low on cargo volume

Pricey optional packages

What's New?

Power boost to 385 hp

New grille, wheels and bumpers

New wood and metal interior trimming

Optional AMG Performance seats with heat and ventilation


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$63650

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

385 hp @ 6,100 rpm

torque

384 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

transmission

9-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

185 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

3825 lbs.

ground clearance

3.5 in.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/TBD/27 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes


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Styles

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Base

Base

power
385 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22

$55,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9AM) Starting at $55,250 MSRP (19/22/27) 385 hp @ 6100 rpm3V-6premium unleaded (required)
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9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 5, 2019


The C43 sedan explores a very niche sedan segment, nonetheless gets greeted by stiff competition from the likes of the Audi S4, BMW 330i.as well as the Genesis and Infiniti Q60. Let's see how well the Mercedes can hold in the turf war.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Features

The C43 sedan is available as either a rear-wheel drive sedan or an all-wheel drive 4Matic sedan. A 7-inch infotainment is standard with dynamic select as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Trims C43
MSRP $55,250
Features 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission
  7" COMAND display screen
  DYNAMIC SELECT
  All-Season Tires
  ECO Start/Stop
  Power sunroof and extendable sun visors
  KEYLESS START
  Rearview camera
  Wood trim with analog clock
  FrontBass 5-speaker Audio System
  Bluetooth technology
  40/20/40-split folding rear seats
  ATTENTION ASSIST
  Active Brake Assist
  PRE-SAFE

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The 4Matic all-wheel drive is a must have in the C43 sedan, perfect for fun rides as well as seamless handling in adverse conditions. The Mercedes-Benz C43 sedan is the best bang for your buck in this segment combining performance with luxury.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Engine

Mercedes grafts new front and rear ends on all models, and graces them with LED headlights and taillights, with multi-beam technology offered as an option. The silhouette remains the same, with a long nose, a tall glass area, and a stubby trunk that integrates better on the lissome sedan than on the sedan. - Car connection

Engine and Transmission

The entry-level AMG sedan comes with a pair of turbochargers attached to a 3.0L V6 producing 385 horses along with 384 lb-ft of torque. Despite the lack of the V8 growl, the cacophony that ensues from the rising revs is pure bliss. As you step on the gas, the V6 screams with all its might and guns the sedan with brutal acceleration, worthy of the AMG badge.

The 9-speed transmission carries over from the last gen, however, the way this shifts leaves no room for complaints. Even though the V6 has forced induction, there is no turbo lag associated with it. The power band spans a large rev range, with plenty of torque at the lower revs.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

MSRP

$55,250

$50,200

$47,635

$50,960

$43,045

$51,295

Engine

Twin Turbo V-6, 3.0 L

Intercooled Turbo 3.0L V-6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.8L V6

3.7L V6

Transmission

9-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT Automatic

8-Speed Automatic Tiptronic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

Horsepower

384 hp @ 2500 rpm

349 hp @5400 rpm

241 hp@ 5800rpm

247 hp@ 5500rpm

311 hp@ 6000rpm

330 hp@ 7000rpm

Torque

385 lb-ft @ 6100 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1650 rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

293 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

270 ft-lbs@ 5200rpm

Acceleration

The tiny AMG engine responds quick to the throttle and the revs climb through the gears. With enough tarmac to stretch its wings, the C43 takes flight all the way to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Onwards through the quarter mile, the Merc takes 12.6 seconds. The brutal acceleration pushes you back into your seat like a jackhammer.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

0-60 MPH

4.1 sec

4.3 sec

7 sec

5 sec

6.3 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

12.8 sec

N/A

13.5 sec

14.6 sec

14.2 sec

Engine

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.8L V6

3.7L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.3

8.9

8.4

The American muscle cars with massive horsepower under their hoods are thoroughbred to decimate the drag strip and the Merc has a tough time keeping up. The C43 makes it first to 60 in 4.1 seconds with the Audi S4 and Jaguar XF close at its heels, next followed by the Infiniti. However, the difference is too small to matter in real life.

Ride and Handling

The all-wheel drive 4Matic system, makes the ride fun and dynamic with the rear bias to the power delivery. The suspension keeps up with the excellent engine, keeping the handling dynamic and engaging. The bumps and undulations are kept in check with the new adaptive dampers, but the roughest roads baffle the the multi-link suspension.

The steering is precise and direct, with great feedback from the road. In the Sport+ setting, the ride is firm enough to rattle your internal organs into a smoothie, but the improved throttle response and traction.

Braking

Jab at the brakes and they chip away speed with amazing effectiveness with the help of the 14.2-inch discs at the front and the back. The brake modulation is precise and is customized to suit your need based on your driving mode.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

14.2

N/A

12.8

13.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

13

N/A

12.8

12.4

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3825

3858

3805

3590

4195

3876

70-0 MPH (ft.)

-

-

174

170

167

167

In comparison to the competition, the Audi S4 has the most massive discs - 14.2 up front and 13 at the back. Most of the sedans have similar sized brakes, except for the Infiniti, with 12.6 inch discs.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Fuel Economy

The 3.0L engine gives you great economy, although only marginally better than the beastly V8s in the C63. You get up to 27 miles to the gallon on the highways and quite decent 19 miles in the city premises.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

MPG (city)

19

21

22

25

19

18

MPG (highway)

27

30

32

34

27

25

MPG (combined)

22

24

26

28

22

21

Tank Capacity (gal)

17.4

15.3

17.4

19.5

20.3

20.0

Range (miles) (city/highway)

-

-

383/557

488/663

386/548

360/500

The mileage from the V6 engine is much better than the V8s from American muscle cars, which manage of barely make 15 miles to the gallon in the city. The Lexus GS 300, with the most underpowered engine has the best fuel economy - you win some, you lose some. The Merc manages to strike the best balance between power and economy.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Interior

Where the C-Class excels unabashedly is in fit and finish. The glamorous look of the current Benz sedan lineup all but obliterates any memories of tacky, plastic-filled cockpits from the turn of the century - Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

The leather clad seats in the sedan are relatively comfier than the microfiber suede and alcantara you find in most sporty sedans nowadays. The seats provide great support to your torso through the corners, as well as keep you comfortable in the longer rides. The sport seats with power adjustment for their thigh bolsters and headrests, let the driver dial in a perfect spot behind the AMG three-spoke, steering wheel. The rear seats aren't as roomy as the ones in the C-class sedan, but they're certainly better than the unusable rear in the sedans, like Camaro and Mustang.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Passenger capacity

4

4

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.9/55.3/41.7

38.9/55.9/41.3

38.0/57.3/42.3

37.5/NA/NA

41.1/58.3/45.7

39.1/58.4/44.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55/35.2

37.4/54.5/35.7

37.8/55.7/36.8

38.2/NA/NA

38.2/57.1/35.0

37.7/56.7/36.2

Infotainment System

The C43 incorporates a 5.5-inch infotainment standard, while the 12.3-inch screen is offered as an optional upgrade. The steering, redesigned for the 2019 model, comes with cruise and audio controls at your fingertips. The interface is high-res and intuitive to use, unlike most infotainments which leave you confused which menu to open, with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available as standard. The Burmester surround sound system is an audiophile's dream, which fills the cabin with crisp clear sound.

Cargo Capacity

At the back of the sedan, the cargo volume is not that great, primarily because of the sloping roofline. However, on the inside you'd find plenty of cubby holes to put your starbucks cappuccinos in.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.6

13

14.3

17.8

15.3

14.9

The award for the biggest cargo bay goes to the Jaguar XF which boasts a massive 17.8 cubic feet volume, followed by the Genesis G80. The Merc has the least capacity of the bunch along with the Lexus and the S4, not far ahead.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Exterior

Mercedes says it's replaced as much as 50 percent of the C-Class in the 2019 model year. A lot of it's invisible, but one of the more important changes is a new base engine. The 2.0-liter turbo-4 mirrors last year's displacement, but with a more effective twin-scroll turbocharger - Edmunds

Design and Dimensions

Elder brother, the C63, this AMG does not get the Panamericana grille, and thus blends in with the rest of the Merc models. Along with the understated looks, the C43 sedan has fluidic curves and shapely body panels that make the Merc look like a pebble washed ashore. The classy and elegant styling gets a muscular undertone with the wide rear haunches and aggressive elements.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3825

3858

3805

3590

4195

3876

Length(in)

185

186.8

192.1

195.0

196.5

196.1

Width(in)

71.3

72.5

72.4

78.2

74.4

72.6

Height(in)

56.3

55.3

57.3

57.4

58.3

59.1

Ground clearance (in)

3.5

-

5.1

4.1

5.3

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

111.2

112.2

116.5

118.5

114.2

Track width (in) F/R

63.1/61.3

61.6/60.9

62/62.6

61.4/61.8

64.1/65.3

62/61.6

The silver arrow is longer than most German sedans and the Jaguar, however the trio of American muscle are wider and bulkier than the C43 AMG. It sits low to the ground, which enhances the handling characteristics, but speedbumps could scrape your precious bumpers, or underbody.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Safety

Safety and Reliability

  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • mbrace Secure Emergency Sos
  • Active Brake Assist Forward Collision
  • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Competition

Mercedes-AMG C43 vs Audi S4

The Audi S4 is one of the most underrated Audi cars, with a 3.0L inline-6 engine which makes 349 horsepower, compared to the AMG C43 also with a 3.0L V6, making slightly more 384 hp. Compared to the Audi, the Merc has better and comfier interiors, with leather clad seats and rear that is actually usable. The infotainment on the Audi is leagues ahead of the tiny standard screen in the Merc. In terms of driving dynamics, the C43 is an absolute thrill, unlike the mellowed down Audi.

Mercedes-AMG C43 vs Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF, a good looking sedan with an efficient engine, strikes the perfect balance between practicality and performance. Not only does it have the best passenger and cargo capacity, it doesn't need to sacrifice its sporty character in the process. However, unlike the AMG, neither does it growl like a beast, nor has it the power to match one. Similarly in terms of driving feel, XF is a treat, but the AMG is a feast.

Mercedes-AMG C43 vs Infiniti Q70

As an entry level sports sedan the Infiniti is an excellent choice, with enough power for the price and also a sporty character that most entry levelers fail to inculcate. The AMG on the other hand stretch the term entry level a bit further, however, with the higher price tag comes a better engine making 384 hp, an amazing transmission, flawless 4Matic drivetrain, and better interiors than most sedans can manage; well worth the extra investment.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Final Verdict

The C43 AMG is the perfect balance between performance and luxury and gives you the best of both worlds. With the AMG working their magic on the engine and powertrain and Mercedes taking care of the interior and infotainment, you'd find it hard to find faults in this sedan. It is the perfect daily driver for your garage and makes every ride fun, yet practical when you need it to be.