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2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$52,000

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Overview

Filling the void that exists between the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz C300 and the bonkers Mercedes-AMG C63, the Mercedes-AMG C43 offers superlative performance at sensible cost. It's accessible as a sedan, roadster, or convertible with typical AMG styling cues. You will admire the classical C class hallmarks such as striking exterior design and well laid interior and surprisingly agile chassis. Owners can choose between three different drive modes.

The enthusiastic twin-turbo V-6 motor is the star of the C43 appeal and 9 speed automatic transmission shifts butter smooth. Updates has brought all manner of tech and modes in to the car. The ride is harsh like the suspension feels as if it channels each street undulation and surface defect straightforwardly to the seats and up the spines of the driver and passengers.

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Pros

Well Laid Cabin

Surprisingly

Quick Three body styles Available

Value For Money

Cons

Harsh Ride

Pricey Options

Average Gearbox Performance

Same Engine as the C450

What's New?

Enhanced Stability Control System

9 Speed Automatic Transmission

New 4MATIC Torque Converter

Coupe and Cabriolet Counterparts


Features

Power

362 hp

384 lb-ft

MPG

20 city

28 hwy

Engine

v6 cyl

3.0 l

transmission

9A

0 to 60

4.9 sec



Ratings

Exterior

9.3

Engine

9.6

Interior

9.6

9.5

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan AMG C 43

AMG C 43

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$52,000

Configurations
AMG C 43 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
Transmission: 9A MPG: (20/23/28)

Expert Review


carhp editor November 13, 2018

9.5

Overall Rating


 

9.6/10
Engine

 
 

9.6/10
Interior

 

9.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The enthusiastic twin-turbo V-6 motor is the star of the C43 appeal and 9 speed automatic transmission shifts butter smooth. Updates has brought all manner of tech and modes in to the car. The ride is harsh like the suspension feels as if it channels each street undulation and surface defect straightforwardly to the seats and up the spines of the driver and passengers.

The midrange Mercedes-Benz C43 is designed to compete with popular models like the Audi S5 and BMW 4 series Gran Coupe, winner in the clash will be decided by a thin margin. Let’s see how all the German horses go head to head in their territory.

Features

In spite of what individual may conclude, the "43" number of the C43 AMG name has nothing to do with engine size which is similar as C450 AMG. Rather, Mercedes felt that the number 43 would sound much more AMGish since "C43" sounds quite near the name "C63." Available in three body styles from cabriolet to sleek coupe to the sensible sedan. In terms of performance they are equal and subtle differences are there in exterior design. It comes in between the C300 and more powerful C63 AMG.

Trim

Trim 1

MSRP

$ 52,000

Key

Features

  • 3.0 Liter V6 Biturbo Engine
  • AMG Speed shift TCT 9G
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Front Bass® system
  • 7" high-resolution color central screen
  • Console-mounted rotary central controller
  • High-resolution color multifunction display
  • Sirius XM Radio w/6-month All Access trial
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Prewiring for Garmin MAP PILOT
  • AMG front grille

We Recommend

Practicality has an edge over performance at some point in life, the base price of $52,000 of the C43 AMG sedan variant undercuts the cabriolet and coupe sibling’s by $3500 and $8400 respectively. Premium package for $7400 include convenience items such as 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, perfumed interior, illuminated doorsills and some addition of safety features.

Engine

9.6/10
“More of a mimosa than tequila sunrise”- Carbuzz

Continued from the 2016 C450 AMG, the C43's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 is a hidden gem. Pure driving pleasure and torque rich, the 362-hp engine is clubbed with a TCT nine-speed automatic transmission that changes its gears with both speed and accuracy. C43 doles out 384 lb-ft of torque and transfers 69 percent to the rear and 31 percent to the front axle through 4MATIC all-wheel-drive so you can experience sports car properties in every situation. Mercedes-AMG engineers have tuned gearbox particularly for a surreal driving experience. This has a model-specific programming application to accomplish short shift times.

The multiple downshifts permits more unconstrained blasts of speed, while the double declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport+" drive programs makes for a considerably more enthusiastic drive.

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG C43 4dr

Audi S4 Premium 4dr

BMW 440i 4dr sedan

MSRP

$52,000

$51,400

$48,300

Engine

3.0L V6 Biturbo

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo

Transmission

9 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

362 hp@5550rpm

354hp @ 5400 rpm

320 hp@5500rpm

Torque

384 ft-lb@2000rpm

369 lb-ft@ 1370 rpm

330 ft-lb@1380rpm

The Audi S4 dishes out similar horsepower as the C43 AMG and the power delivery is linear. While the Bimmer took the last spot producing 320 hp and the heft curb weight makes it slower.

Acceleration

Acceleration is brisk and C43 AMG takes 4.7 seconds to dash from 0 to 60 miles an hour and 13.3 seconds to pass the quarter mile flag. The top speed is limited to 155 miles an hour with the whisk four wheel drive system, feels faster than the figure suggests.

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG C43 4dr

Audi S4 Premium 4dr

BMW 440i 4dr sedan

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

4.4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter mile

13.3 sec

13.2 sec

13.5 sec

Engine

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

3.0L i6

Emission

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

7.7

7.4

7.0

The Audi S4 and BMW 4 series are also ferociously quick in 0 to 60 leap and delivering similar performance as the AMG.

Ride and Handling

The elite all-wheel drive created by Mercedes-AMG combine’s optimum traction, typical AMG driving dynamics in most extreme driving situations. With the established DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual", the attributes of the C 43 4MATIC+ can be tweaked at the tap of a finger. This adjusts key parameters, for example, the reaction of the motor, transmission, suspension, and steering. AMG has quickened the steering application but just up to the mark.

The AMG ride control suspension with adaptive three-step continuously damping enables optimal spread between pleasant comfort and exceptionally lively setup. It gives you unrivaled performance in everyday driving and on the race track. As performance oriented as the AMG C 43s seem to be, the forfeit in ride comfort is irrelevant. Truly, you'll feel more flaws in the street surface, however not to any objectionable level that too on rougher asphalt

 Braking

The stopping prowess is held by Brembo six piston calipers, the performance is not overly spectacular but itsis acceptable.. The bite is enough to decrease the speed on corners and come out it easily. AMG C63 has the lowest curb weight among the rivals.

Model

Mercedes –Benz C43 sedan

Audi S4 sedan

BMW 4 series Gran Coupe

Brake Front (in.)

13.1

13.4

13. 1

Brake Rear (in.)

13.3

13.6

13.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3725

3858

4735

60-0 MPH (ft.)

101

103

112

The hefty curb weight of the 4 series Gran Coupe decreases the braking performance while the AMG C43 and Audi A4 comes to a halt in similar distance.

Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 being a performance oriented sedan is returns pretty well numbers with 23 MPG combined. The V6 Biturbo boast an immense power output combined with low fuel economy and emissions.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C43 4dr

Audi S4 Premium 4dr

BMW 440i 4dr sedan

MPG (city)

20

21

21

MPG (highway)

28

30

32

MPG (combined)

23

24

25

Interior

9.6/10
Rear-seat space is scant in some models, but the 2017 Mercedes C-Class lavishes attention on the cabin”- Carconnection

The cabin emphasizes on sportiness and elegance, the C43 highlights a contemporary dashboard outline with a streaming focus stack that shrouds a profound storage with a couple of cup holders. Generally, without buttons, the C43's inside stack is tied down by a line of costly looking knurled rocker switches for working the standard dual-zone automatic climate control. New AMG steering wheel lined with fine nappa leather houses touch-control buttons which make multimedia experience better. The speedometer, tachometer, and measure bunch screen all element clear typography for simple perception, head-up display transforms the windscreen into digital cockpit so you can focus on road.

All the AMG C 43s element an inside that is refined and appealing. The AMG performance leather seats with attractive red sewing and vital arrangement high tech material set the C 43 apart from its standard C-Class brethren.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C43 4dr

Audi S4 Premium 4dr

BMW 440i 4dr sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

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

37.1/55.3/41.7

38.9/55.9/41.3

39.9/54.8/42.2

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55.5/35.2

37.4/54.5/35.7

36.9/54.3/33.7

The front and rear seats in the AMG C 63 are bit cramped if compared to Audi S4 and BMW 4 series Gran Coupe. The space distribution in both the rivals is better than the former.

Interior Features

  • Power-adjustable Steering Column
  • Memory Driver’s Seat
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Head-up Display
  • Soft- Touch Buttons

Infotainment System

The AMG C43 lacks some modern features but the interface is clean with low response time.. It feels dated if compared to the rivals in the segment.

  • 0 inch infotainment system
  • Voice Commands
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth audio and phone
  • Real time Weather
  • Real –Time Traffic
  • USB and AUX input
  • Burmester Audio System

Cargo volume

The cargo volume of the C43 AMG isn’t that great but well suited to carry average amount of luggage. The rear seats can be folded down to accommodate more Carry-On Luggage

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C43 4dr

Audi S4 Premium 4dr

BMW 440i 4dr sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.6

13

14.0

The Audi S4 sedan and BMW 440i offers similar cargo space as the AMG C43 sedan. The cargo capacity is compromised in the cabriolet variant of the Mercedes-Benz.

Exterior

9.3/10
“Coupes are best to our eyes, but the 2018 Mercedes C-Class family doesn’t have any member they’d Photoshop out of holiday pics”- Carconnection

Looking like a smaller C 63, the AMG C43 flaunts aggressive front and rear that portrays its sporty intentions. The twin-louvered AMG radiator grille and body integrated diffusers looks purposeful, the round twin exhaust tailpipes and distinctive rear fascia is unmistakably AMG. Minute styling elements like a deck lid spoiler and more extensive side skirts give the C43's AMG-tuned swoopy style an additional feeling of dynamism. If asked about acoustic experience, the variable adjustable exhaust flap lets you change the symphony at the push of a button. Aerodynamically optimized alloy wheels enhances sporty appeal.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C43 4dr

Audi S4 Premium 4dr

BMW 440i 4dr sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3759

3858

4735

Length(in)

185.1

186.8

182.6

Width(in)

71.3

72.5

71.9

Height(in)

56.3

55.3

54.7

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

5.0

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

111.2

110.6

Track width (in) F/R

62/61

61.6/60.9

60.8/62.8

The dimensions of all the sedans are somewhat similar and portraying sporty intentions in their charisma. The 4 series Gran Coupe is heaviest in the segment while the AMG C63 is the lightest. The ground clearance and wheelbase are also equivalent.

Exterior Features

  • AMG Light-Alloy Wheels
  • AMG Spoiler Lip
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • AMG Performance Exhaust System
  • Twin-Louvred AMG Grille
  • Body Integrated Front Diffuser
  • Carbon Fiber Side Struts

Safety

Every AMG C63 is equipped with standard safety features which can see what driver cannot:

  • Driver And Passenger Airbags
  • Child Seat Latch Points
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic High-Beams
  • Blind-Spot Monitor
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Front Automated Emergency Braking
  • Front Parking Sensors
  • Lane-Departure Warning
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor
  • Rear Automated Emergency Braking

Competition

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 Vs Audi S4

Audi has an all-new S4 built on latest generation A4, which will probably make this a three-way fight royale. To start with Audi S4 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 that dishes out 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 8 speed ZF sourced automatic transmission. Audi separates itself from whatever remains of the class with a more aggressive outside and a minimalistic inside, featuring the likelihood that aesthetics might be the integral factor among buying decision.

While the Benz sharpens its AMG C43 model, Audi continues the tradition of bring the most pleasant and understated sedan.


Mercedes Benz AMG C63 Vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The Gran Coupe is a nice looking four-door based on the 3-series. Power originates from your choice of two turbocharged motors: either a 248-hp 2.0-liter inline-four or a 320-hp 3.0-liter inline-six, both collaborated with an eight-speed automatic and rear wheel drive. All-wheel drive is discretionary. The inside is elegant. Steering is excessively light; the engine is lively but is affected by hefty curb weight.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 competes directly with the BMW 4 Series Gran coupe. On paper and in person, it's a virtual dead heat between similarly optioned cars. Both benefit from a compliant Comfort drive mode and a distinctly athletic Sport+ mode. Build quality is also impeccable across the board, making for a difficult decision.

Final Verdict

Midrange Luxury is a segment flooded with lots of options .Not every person needs outrageous performance, but rather many aim for more than the conventional. The C 43 AMG straddles this space well with attractive price tag and performance.

The C43, and as an AMG-badged car that works throughout the entire year and in pretty much any circumstance you toss at it. By being quick and agile when the state of mind takes, yet calm and refined when it doesn't, the Mercedes-AMG C43 is apparently the choice of the C-Class line-up.

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