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2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$71,600

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Overview

For those who find the standard E class a bit soft and the E63 a bit too loud, the 2018 Mercedes AMG E43 with a 3.0L Bi-turbo AMG V6 will strike a balance. It is not the fastest, the most efficient the cheapest or the most opulent but it is one the newest offerings that carves a place for itself in the long Mercedes line-up.

Priced at $71,600, it is equipped with same 3.0 Liter twin-turbo V6 as the E400, but it has been modified by the performance wing of Mercedes-Benz, AMG, to produce higher peak outputs of 295kW and 520 Nm.

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Pros

Luxurious Interior

Autonomous Technology

Top notch quality

Cons

Pricey to run

Alternatives are cheaper

What's New?

AMG body kit

Lowered suspension settings


Features

Power

396 hp

384 torq

MPG

19 city

25 hwy

Engine

NA cyl

3 disp

transmission

9A

drivetrain

NA

warranty

NA

towing capacity

NA



Styles

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Iridium Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

8.9

Engine

8.9

Interior

8.7

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 Sedan AMG E 43

AMG E 43

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

$71,600

Configurations
AMG E 43 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
Transmission: 9A MPG: (19/21/25)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 26 days ago

8.8

Overall Rating


 

8.9/10
Engine

 
 

8.7/10
Interior

 

8.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

For those who find the standard E class a bit soft and the E63 a bit too loud, the 2018 Mercedes AMG E43 with a 3.0L Bi-turbo AMG V6 will strike a balance. It is not the fastest, the most efficient the cheapest or the most opulent but it is one of the newest offerings that carves a place for itself in the long Mercedes line-up.

Priced at $71,600, it is equipped with same 3.0 Liter twin-turbo V6 as the E400, but it has been modified by the performance wing of Mercedes-Benz, AMG, to produce higher peak outputs of 295kW and 520 Nm.

Features

Mercedes AMG E43 is only available in one trim that is priced at $71,600. It is powered by AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 Biturbo engine that delivers 396 horsepower and with increased turbo boost, 384-pound feet of torque on tap at just 2,500rpm.

The engine is mated to a 9G-TRONIC transmission that delivers quick gear changes in virtually every driving situation, from relaxed cruising to quick burst of acceleration.

Trim

Mercedes-Benz AMG E43 4MATIC Sedan

MSRP

$71,600

Key Features

LED headlights

Automatic wipers

Power-folding mirrors with heating

Sunroof

Selectable drive modes

Adaptive suspension

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Premium simulated leather upholstery

Power-adjustable front seats

Driver-seat memory functions

40/20/40-split folding rear seats

12.3-inch display

Rearview camera

Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system with a touchpad controller

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

AMG sport-tuned suspension and braking

Blind-spot monitoring

AMG-specific interior and exterior pieces

Leather upholstery

The AMG E43 comes standard with adaptive suspension, LED headlights, premium leather upholstery, 12.3-inch display with Mercedes COMAND infotainment system and touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AMG sport-tuned suspension and braking, 13-speaker, 9 channel and 590 watts Burmester surround sound system.

We Recommend

Since there is only one trim, it’s the only recommendation. If you’re looking for a spacious car that delivers excellent performance and has ample space with luxury feel, go for E43 AMG.

Engine

8.9/10

"The E43’s twin-turbocharged V-6 might not be hand-built as are some other AMG engines, but this AMG-enhanced powerplant is poised, polished, and potent. The standard Mercedes nine-speed automatic transmission is upgraded, too, and it executes shift selections with superhuman precision." - caranddriver

Engine and Transmission

2018 Mercedes AMG E43 is powered by 3.0L Biturbo V6 engine making 396 horses and 384-pound feet of torque at 2,500 RPM. It is mated to the class leading 9G-TRONIC transmission that gives it excellent performance and less fuel consumption.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

MSRP

$71,600

$56,500

$63,865

$57,750

Engine

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L/183

3.0 TFSI 6 Cylinder

3.0L 24V V6 Supercharged

3.3L GDI twin-turbo V6

Transmission

AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

396hp @ 6,100 rpm

340hp @ 5,300 rpm

380hp @ 6,500 rpm

365hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

384 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

325 lb.-ft. @ 2,900 rpm

332 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm

376 lb.-ft. @ 1,300 rpm

In comparison, Mercedes Benz is the best among the performance figures with 396 horses and 384-pound-feet of torque, the closest, in terms of power, is Jaguar XF S with 380 horsepower and 332-pound-feet of torque from its supercharged 3.0L V6.

Genesis G80 Sport AWD is also powered by 3.3L GDi twin-turbo V6 developing 365 horsepower and 376-pound-feet of torque at 1,300 RPM. Audi A6 is last with 340 horses and 325 lb. ft torque. In price terms well, Audi is cheapest at $56,500 then comes Hyundai at $57,750 and Jag retails at $63,865.

Acceleration

Mercedes AMG E43 carries forward an AMG enhanced engine from E400 that shows the considerable difference in the power outputs and performance measurements. E43 accelerates to 60MPH from a standing stop in 4.5 seconds and clears the quarter-mile with a time of 13.1 seconds.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

0-60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.1 sec

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter mile

13.1 sec

12.1 sec

13.6 sec

13.8 sec

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

3.3L

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

8.4

7.7

7.6

8.8

When comparing the E43, the closest rival to its 0-60MPH time is Audi A6 at 5.1 seconds. In the quarter mile, Audi A6 demolishes everyone with a time of 12.1 seconds. Jaguar XF S takes 5.3 seconds to 60MPH and 13.6 seconds to finish a quarter mile. Genesis G80 Sport AWD is last at 5.4 seconds to 60 MPH and quarter-mile time at 13.8 seconds.

Handling and Steering

E43 is a comfort cruiser, which is the DNA of any E class model, but when you tap the pedal and the instant blast of torque plunges you back in the seat, you almost feel that the car has switched into a more performance stance. The adaptive air suspension just gobbles up bumps and undulations with ease providing you not only with maximum comfort but also tightens the handling and ride dynamics of the vehicle.

The steering feels nimble and agile in the city environment which makes it a breeze in traffic and when turning. Move to the highway, the steering weighs in superbly to provide you the confidence at any speeds.

Braking

Mercedes AMG E43 is equipped with 14.2-inch ventilated front and rear discs. E43 weighs in at 4145 pounds, which stops this luxury saloon at 109 feet from 60 to 0 MPH.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

13.6

13.8

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

13.0

12.8

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4145

4023

3880

4674

60-0 MPH (ft.)

109

108

106

116

Against the competition, Jaguar is the lightest at 3880 pounds and takes the least distance to stop from 60-0MPH at 106 feet. Following Jaguar is Audi A6, which weighs in at 4023 pounds and takes 108 feet to come to a halt. Genesis G80 is super heavy at 4674 pounds and takes 116 feet to stop from 60 MPH.

Fuel Economy

With 9G-TRONIC transmission and bi-turbo V6 engine, the E43 manages 19 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway and 22 MPG combined with city and highway driving.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

MPG (city)

19

20

20

17

MPG (highway)

25

29

28

24

MPG (combined)

22

23

23

20

Jaguar and Audi A6 are only slightly ahead of Mercedes AMG E43 in city MPG at 20 but gain a significant lead in the highway MPG at 28 and 29 respectively. Genesis G80 Sport AWD is on the lower side of the spectrum with 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway and 20 MPG combined driving.

Interior

8.7/10

"Upholstered in nappa leather accented by suedelike fabric, the E43’s interior defines the class. The sporty, upscale cabin is completed by a collection of deluxe standard and optional features. Too bad the back seat lacks the legroom of most rivals." - caranddriver

Seating and Comfort

E43 is just as spacious inside as standard e class. It’s more supportive sports seats come with the electrical adjustment to help you get comfortable. You even get 4-way electrically adjustable lumbar support as standard to help reduce a backache on long journeys.

Both front seats come with height adjustment. The back seats are made easy by the wide rear door openings. There’s more than enough leg and headroom for passengers over 6-foot tall to get comfortable and the seats recline slightly.


Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

37.9/57.8/41.3

37.2/57.5/41.3

37.1/56.9/41.5

39.4/58.3/45.7

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

38.2/56.9/35.8

37.8/56.3/37.4

37.6/56.4/36.6

38.2/57.1/35.0

In comparison, the front seats of the Genesis G80 Sport have the best space in terms of headroom, shoulder room, and leg room. However, the back-seat headroom is equal in the AMG E43 and G80 Sport at 38.2 inches, shoulder room is almost identical at 56.9 and 57.1 inches respectively.

Infotainment

E43 models get the bigger, brighter and more intuitive 12.3-inch screen. It takes pride of place on the dashboard and you control it using a scroll wheel and touchpad on the center console.

The standard satellite navigation system is upgraded for the E43 in which changes include higher resolution graphics and more detailed maps. The shortcut buttons to use the beautiful infotainment are placed in the natural hand-resting position when driving the car.

It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard, so you can use your phone’s satellite navigation and music streaming apps through the car’s built-in displays if you prefer.

Cargo Space

E43’s 13.1 cu.ft is identical to the standard saloon. There’s more than enough space to carry bags or large suitcases but the Mercedes raised boot opening means it’s not quite as easy to pack full of bulky items.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

13.1

14.1

17.8

15.3

In terms of cargo space, Mercedes has the least volume. jaguar XF S has the best trunk volume at 17.8 cu.ft followed by Genesis G80 sport at 15.3 cu.ft. Audi A6 has the third largest trunk by volume at 14.1 cu.ft.

Exterior

8.9/10

"The E43’s exterior is essentially the same as the elegant-yet-sedate Mercedes-Benz E-class, except the AMG exudes more attitude with its lower ride height, chrome-tipped grille, de-chromed exterior, and exclusive wheel designs." - caranddriver

Dimensions and weight

2018 Mercedes AMG E43 is 194.6 inches in length and 73.2 inches in width. Ground clearance is 4.8 inches which give it a low center of gravity. Wheelbase is 115.7 inches which provide for ample amount of space and comfort for the passengers.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Audi A6 3.0TFSI

Jaguar XF S

Genesis G80 Sport AWD

Curb weight (lbs.)

4145

4023

3880

4674

Length(in)

194.6

194.2

195.2

196.5

Width(in)

73.2

73.8

78.2

74.4

Height(in)

57

57.8

57.4

58.3

Ground clearance (in)

4.8

4.6

4.1

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

115.7

114.6

116.5

118.5

Track width (in) F/R

64.1/62.9

64.1/63.7

61.4/61.8

63.8/64.3

In comparison, Genesis G80 is the longest at 196.5 inches and tallest at 58.3 inches. Jaguar is the widest and the lowest among the competition at 78.2 inches and 4.1 inches respectively. Wheelbase is 118.5 inches in Genesis G80 Sport which provides for maximum comfort and space.

Safety

AMG E43 is loaded with advanced safety systems designed to keep you safe as you cruise along. Some features helped the standard E-class achieve an impressive 5-star safety rating. Some features are listed below: -

  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Drosswind assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Active brake assist
  • 360-degree surround-view camera
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Head-up display
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane change assist
  • Park assist
  • Mercedes’ Pre-Safe Plus

Competition

Mercedes AMG E43 vs Jaguar XF S

Jaguar XF S looks gorgeous and handles like a panther. It does have the power to match with the AMG E43, but it doesn’t have the quality that is expected at the price. It might be $8,000 cheaper than Mercedes, but it doesn’t have the luxury and technology that the latter offers.

Also, Jag suffers from reliability issues which also makes it a difficult choice. XF S might have better fuel economy and excellent boot space but doesn’t come close in the comfort and space with inspiring performance as AMG E43 provides.

Mercedes AMG E43 vs Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

Audi A6 is almost $15,000 cheap than AMG E43. This only might make the buyers a little more cautious in their purchase. It’s 3.0 L TFSI V6 never fails to impress but AMG tuned E43 has a massive advantage when it comes to performance at 396 horses.

It doesn’t have the agility and doesn’t provide much confidence at speeds. The interior feels old in comparison to E43 but the price is the only factor that can affect the buyer’s mind while choosing between these two.

Mercedes AMG E43 vs Genesis G80 Sport

Compared to the AMG E43, the G80 isn’t quite luxurious, feature-rich nor it can match the performance and handling offered by the AMG however, it's spacious and offers a comfortable ride. The real benefit of Genesis though is its lower price. The Mercedes AMG E43 is absolutely awesome but if you’re budget conscious, Genesis G80 is a good buy.

Final Verdict

E43 AMG might carry the baby engine of the performance wing of Mercedes, the AMG, but it generates the level of performance and excites you with every inch of its space.

It is a combination of both luxury and performance providing a testament that it’s not always a situation where you have to sacrifice one thing to get the other, E43 AMG combines it all into one to give you a package that is pretty hard to beat. One thing that might affect its run is the price point otherwise, it’s a winner in every aspect.

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