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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team


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 debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and hits U.S. dealers by year's end.


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...


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 debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and hits U.S. dealers by year's end.


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.


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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Awesome performance from the AMG engine comparable

by BogeyBob from Kansas on October 25, 2019

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. Read full review

(5.0)

Understated and Underrated...

by AW from Wilmington on August 14, 2019

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. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The AMG C 43 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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