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2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan

#8
in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$66,100 - $73,700

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Overview

Mercedes-Benz is the maker of premium luxury cars, and AMG is the maker of bonkers performance parts. This lethal combination has been together for ages, working simple everyday cars into track day monsters and drift machines. One such car is the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 has a Sedan, a Coupe, a cabriolet (Drop-top), and an estate version. The sedan is the 4-door version with moderate trunk space, thus being slightly more practical than the others save for the estate. The practicality extends towards the engine as well, which sports two turbochargers, thus bringing the emissions down as well.

The competition in the mid-size performance saloon consists of very heavy hitters like the Cadillac ATS-V, the performance version of the standard ATS Sedan, and the most recognizable name in the automotive industry, the BMW M3. Can the C63 AMG stay on top of the competition?

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Pros

Still offers a V8 engine

Exquisite Interiors

Blistering performance

Cons

Side profile doesn't look very appealing

Ride quality isn't the best

Outdated infotainment system

What's New?

7-speed Automatic multi-clutch sports transmission rather than the 9-speed automatic


Features

Power

469 hp

479 torq

MPG

18 city

24 hwy

Engine

v8 cyl

4 disp

transmission

Automatic

drivetrain

rear wheel drive



Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan in designo Diamond White Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan in Cardinal Red Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan in Dakota Brown Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan in Black color
designo Diamond White Metallic

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Ratings

Engine

8.8

Interior

8.8

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan AMG C 63

AMG C 63

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

$66,100

Configurations
AMG C 63 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (18/20/24)

 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan AMG C 63 S

AMG C 63 S

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

$73,700

Configurations
AMG C 63 S 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (18/20/24)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 15, 2018

8.8

Overall Rating


 

8.8/10
Engine

 
 

8.8/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

Mercedes-Benz is the maker of premium luxury cars, and AMG is the maker of bonkers performance parts. This lethal combination has been together for ages, working simple everyday cars into track day monsters and drift machines. One such car is the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 has a Sedan, a Coupe, a cabriolet (Drop-top), and an estate version. The sedan is the 4-door version with moderate trunk space, thus being slightly more practical than the others save for the estate. The practicality extends towards the engine as well, which sports two turbochargers, thus bringing the emissions down as well.

The competition in the mid-size performance saloon consists of very heavy hitters like the Cadillac ATS-V, the performance version of the standard ATS Sedan, and the most recognizable name in the automotive industry, the BMW M3. Can the C63 AMG stay on top of the competition?

Features

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan is available in a single trim, which costs $66,100. The 4.0L V8 bi-turbo engine from AMG makes sure that the car never loses steam under any circumstances, churning out a substantial 469 horsepower. There are also all the gadgets and gizmos on offer, coupled with the tank like build quality, which make the C63 a car worthy of its price tag.

Trim

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan

MSRP

$66,100

Key

Features

● Air Balance cabin fragrance system

● Ventilated front seats

● Designo Platinum White Pearl/Black Nappa leather

● Designo Saddle Brown/Black Nappa leather

● Power rear window sunshade

● Rear-side window sunshades

● Standard Features

● High-resolution in-dash screens

● Central controller

● FrontBass system

● Burmester Surround Sound System

● Bluetooth audio streaming

● Dual USB audio ports

● HD Radio receiver

● SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial

● Hands-free Bluetooth interface

● SD card reader

● Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App

● Heated front seats

● 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats

● Power-folding side mirrors

● MB-Tex/DINAMICA upholstery

● KEYLESS-GO

● Electronic trunk closer

● Illuminated entry system

● HomeLink garage door opener

The car gets optional packages that can enhance your C63 even more. The Smartphone Integration package gets you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Parking assist package, the multimedia package, advanced lighting package are some available packages to make the C63 more promising.

Engine

8.8/10

Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip. -thecarconnection

For a moderately hefty sum of 66 thousand dollars, you are treated to an AMG powered 4-liter twin turbo which produces 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The power figures, although not sky high, manages to give the car great performance.

Even when the other manufacturers are shying away from larger engines and more cylinders, the engine in the C63 AMG is a V8, something that we all love. The car puts the power down to the ground via the rear wheels, using a 7-speed Automatic gearbox to channel all that power and torque. The torque is enough to make the car power slide in every corner in every gear, provided you are experienced enough behind the wheel.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan

BMW M3 sedan

Cadillac ATS-V

MSRP

$66,100

$66,500

$62,590

Engine

AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo

3.0L Inline 6-Cylinder M

TwinPower Turbo

3.6L V6 Twin Turbo SIDI, DOHC, VVT

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

Horsepower

469 hp

425 hp

464 hp

Torque

479 lb-ft.

406 lb-ft.

445 lb-ft.

The BMW M3 Sedan has a considerably smaller engine and lesser power too. Cadillac ATS-V has a slightly smaller engine but manages to churn just as much power as the Merc. The torque figures are another story though. The M3 has a lot less torque as compared to C63 AMG, and ATS-V sits bang in the middle between the BMW and the Merc.

The whole point of that AMG badge on the front grill and the tail end is to go fast and the C63 does. It takes exactly 4 seconds to go from a standstill to 60 mph, while the quarter-mile takes just under 10 seconds. The emissions are also quite controlled, with helps keep the environment safe too.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan

BMW M3 sedan

Cadillac ATS-V

0-60 MPH

4.0 sec

4.1 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter mile

9.7 sec

12.1 sec

12.2 sec

Engine

4.0 Liters

3.0 Liters

3.6 Liters

Emission

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

8.8

8.9

9.2

Just like the AMG powered Merc, the BMW and the Cadillac are very fast cars, taking close to 4 seconds to make the 0 to 60 mph run. The quarter mile is a little slower though, taking a little 12 seconds.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan uses an all disc brake setup, a pair of 15.4 inches in the front and 14.2 inches in the rear. Combined with a curb weight of 3856 pounds, the car manages to decelerate quite quickly. How quickly though is unclear, as the official figures were unavailable.

Handling of the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan strikes the perfect balance between hooligan and ballerina, which is to say it can be wild if you want it, and composed if you need it. The ride can a bit harsh though, but not too harsh, and even though the tires are grippy, the massive wave of torque from the engine can send the rear wheels into a power slide every time you put your foot down.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan

BMW M3 sedan

Cadillac ATS-V

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

15.0

14.5

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

14.6

13.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3856

3630

3812

60-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

101

101

Both BMW and Cadillac use disc brakes all around, just like the Mercedes. Both the cars take a mere 101 feet to halt the car from 60 mph. Handling is also great for both of them, with oodles of grip that would make a track day worth your time. The only problem is that the fun factor feels a little down, especially compared to the Merc.

Fuel Economy

Fuel efficiency usually is not a concern for people buying an AMG Mercedes, but it still helps when the fuel expenses dont burn a hole through your pocket. The C63 AMG Sedan is fairly economical in that regard, managing to run 18 miles in the city on a single gallon of gas, and 24 miles on the highway on the same amount of fuel. This translates to an overall efficiency figure of 20 mpg.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan

BMW M3 sedan

Cadillac ATS-V

MPG (city)

18

17

17

MPG (highway)

24

24

24

MPG (combined)

20

20

20

The fuel economy figures are almost the same for the BMW and the Cadillac as for the Merc, although the economy in the city takes a loss of one mile per gallon, although it brings the average back to 20 mpg.

Interior

8.8/10

 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. -thecarconnection

Seating and Comfort

The Mercedes name is synonymous with luxury and comfort, and AMG doesnt rob it of any of that. Even though it is a performance sedan, the C63 AMG is the class leader in beautiful, plush interiors. The seats are extremely comfy, and the dashboard feels premium to both see and touch. Even the seat fabric feels nice, which makes the experience very sweet and accommodating.

There is a generous amount of interior space in the car, although the rear seats could feel a little cramped at the legs for some people. The front seats are perfect, although the thick A-pillars make the cabin feel less airy than it actually is. The center console feels a bit busy, although the lack of buttons is greatly appreciated.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan

BMW M3 sedan

Cadillac ATS-V

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

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

40.9/55.3/41.7

40.3/55.1/42.0

38.60/55.20/42.50

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

37.1/55.0/35.2

37.7/55.1/35.1

36.80/53.90/33.50

BMW offers the same amount of space that the Merc does, both in the front and the back. The Cadillac offers slightly less space in the cabin, which boils down a slightly lower level of engineering prowess. There is still a long way to go before it can catch up to its German rivals.

The COMMAND infotainment system on the Mercedes uses a standard 7.0-inch (Optional 8.4 inch) infotainment screen, which boasts clear graphics but lacks modern features such as a touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto.

Interior Features

Some of the standard features are as follows:

  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Mobile Wi-Fi
  • USB Input
  • Navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates (optional)

The Mercedes doesnt need to have much cargo space since not many people will be using this car to haul luggage. Still, it offers a mediocre 12 cubic feet of space in the trunk, enough to keep the groceries or to put two medium size bags inside. Any more, and you will have to use the rear seats as luggage space.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan

BMW M3 sedan

Cadillac ATS-V

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

12.6

12.0

10.4

The M3 offers a slightly lower cargo space than the Merc, which is not too bad because as stated earlier, not many people will use these cars for carrying luggage. The Cadillac offers a disappointing 10.4 cubic feet of space, which also is fine for the reason previously mentioned.

Exterior

Drive it back to back with a coupe and all you’ll notice is the Cabrio’s extra flab and blunted reactions, but in isolation this is a surprisingly sorted, enjoyable car to drive fast. -topgear

Dimensions and Weight

The AMG C63 has the same dimensions as the regular C-class, which means it fits well in the daily urban routine. Weaving in and out of traffic isn't the easiest experience, but that isn't due to its dimensions or weight, its due to the heavy steering, pedal, and loads of torque that wants to send the car flying.

Even though the car is equipped with start-stop traffic conditions, it is very well equipped with electronic gadgetry. This puts it at a slight weight disadvantage with the others. It doesn't help that the engine is also the biggest, and consequently the heaviest. The ground clearance is also quite low, which is bad news for people who have bad roads in their part of the town.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan

BMW M3 sedan

Cadillac ATS-V

Curb weight (lbs.)

3856

3630

3812

Length(in)

187

184.5

182.80

Width(in)

72.4

73.9

71.10

Height(in)

56.1

56.1

55.90

Ground clearance (in)

4.1

4.7

5.4

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

110.7

109.3

Track width (in) F/R

63.0/61.0

62.2/63.1

59.50/60.90

The M3 is the lightest car here, primarily owing to the smallest engine in this group comparison. The Cadillac tips the scale just slightly below the Merc, although not by a significant margin. Both the cars are also slightly smaller in size compared to the C63 AMG and have higher ground clearances too.

Exterior Features

The Mercedes C63 AMG has some distinct feature on the outside of the vehicle too. These features are listed below:

  • All LED exterior lights, including headlights, taillights and DRLs
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Quad-pipe tail exhaust
  • Huge chrome lined front grille
  • Air-dam on the front bumpers
  • Integrated boot spoiler

Safety

Safety Features

Mercedes-Benz has fitted the C63 AMG Sedan with plenty of safety features on board. The most important features that need mentioning are listed below.

  • Attention Assist
  • Led headlamps and tail lamps
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Collision Prevention Assist Plus
  • Collision Prevention Assist Plus
  • Attention Assist
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps

NHTSA and IIHS ratings for the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan are not available

Competition

Mercedes Benz C63 Vs BMW M3

Mercedes and BMW have always locked horns in every segment, offering better products with each passing year, trying to outdo each other. The BMW M3 used to be the pinnacle of driving excellence, and somehow it extracts a lot of power from a much, much smaller engine. But the fun has been slightly lost in the recent years.

The Mercedes however, wins in all the technical aspects of a comparison. It has more power, performs better, has more comfort, and even has slightly more luggage space. That said, a minor upgrade to the BMW could change all that. Till then, the AMG Merc is the better deal.

Mercedes Benz C63 Vs Cadillac ATS - V

Cadillac is a much more affordable car than its competitors, while still being almost as good as them. But thats exactly the case, it is almost as good as them, never equally good or better. If you were looking for a performance bargain, the ATS-V would be it.

So considering all parameters, including price, the Cadillac makes a lot of sense. But for a few more thousand bucks, you could have a Mercedes or a BMW. A Cadillac will never be as desirable as a Mercedes or a BMW, which is why it wouldnt be our pick.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan is an absolute powerhouse, a car which pushes the boundaries of the segment and does it effortlessly. It is fun, charismatic, desirable, comfortable, etc., everything a dream car needs to be.

The only clincher is that Mercedes has unveiled the 2019s iteration of Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan, which is sleeker, sexier, and has a much, much better infotainment system than the current ageing COMMAND infotainment system. If waiting is an option for you, we suggest you do that.

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