2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Review: Our expert's take

By Kelsey Mays

CARS.COM — Less than a month after Mercedes-Benz unveiled its refreshed-for-2019 C300 sedan, the luxury brand carted out its speedier sibling: the AMG C43, a car in the C300’s vein, with more power and mild styling updates. The C43 debuts at this week’s 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and hits U.S. dealers by year’s end.

Related: More 2018 Geneva Motor Show News

First, performance: Thanks to larger turbochargers, the C43’s turbo 3.0-liter V-6 now makes 385 horsepower, up from 362 hp. Torque remains unchanged, at 384 pounds-feet, but it peaks a little higher on the tach — now 2,500-5,000 rpm rather than the previous 2,000-4,200 rpm. Power hits the ground through a nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-biased all-wheel drive, and Mercedes estimates the same 4.6-second zero-to-60-mph time as the outgoing C43. Adaptive shock absorbers are standard.

Similar to sportier versions of the C300, the C43 gets taller bumper openings with double crossbars on the outer portions. An updated AMG styling package on the 2019 C300 has the same single-crossbar grille that Mercedes previously reserved for the C43 and C63, so the C43 bumps up to the split-louver appearance from the C63. In back, the C43 adds a larger bumper diffuser plus circular, quad tailpipes that split out from each other versus last year’s consolidated design — both nods to the C63. Mercedes says the changes give the C43 “even more distinct positioning,” but if you fancied the prior C43’s sleeper styling, it went the way of the dodo.

Speaking of the ’63, Mercedes has yet to reveal updates on the C-Class’ head honcho — much less the nameplate’s coupe and convertible body styles — but it’s a safe bet this refresh will grace other variants in the next model year or two.

Inside, the C43 gets similar updates to the C300. A 10.25-inch dashboard display replaces last year’s 7- or 8.4-inch units. Optional virtual gauges measure 12.3 inches, and they’re housed in the extant gauge portals — not on a tabletlike screen à la the E-Class and S-Class. A new steering wheel sports updated controls similar to that of other recent Mercedes redesigns, from the G-Class to the CLS-Class. Optional AMG Performance seats add heating and ventilation, from the previous heating only.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Very sexy and very quick

Oh man. What a fun car to drive. I have the cabriolet and it is awesome to drive on a sunny day. Great handling around curves and great acceleration when needed. No noticeable turbo lag of torque steer. Only wish there were more roads around to push the envelope.

5.0

Awesome performance from the AMG engine comparable

Awesome awesome performance from the AMG engine. It is comparable to the Porsche Boxster are used to have. This is a fun vehicle to drive on the interstate.

5.0

Understated and Underrated...

My C43 convertible goes GREAT in the snow, the top comes down in the summer, the exhaust is perfectly pitched. The tech is good, and the driving dynamics for around town or the highway are perfect. Not sure why some professional reviewers called it a harsh ride either. It feels potholes like any other car in its class - and stays straight. But it's not harsh at all. Maybe they compared it a GLC 300 or old Caddy. The head-up display is modern and easy to read for all of the steering wheel media outputs. The interior is way better than the model before it. Recommend the red leather seats and carbon kits. And for the first time in my life, I was in a car that actually prevented a crash. A person in the car in front of me STOPPED while merging into traffic (even though there was a merge lane for about a half a mile), I looked to the left to see traffic, and the car stopped me short of his bumper all on its own. Never experienced that, but now will not buy a car without it. And it's fast at 4.1 sec's to 60! Very underrated car.

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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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