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2018 Mercedes-AMG C-43 Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 Mercedes-AMG C-43

The Mercedes is a car with the passion. Speedy performance or massive acceleration is not what bothers Mercedes. Instead, the quite extravagant class of luxury, comfort and the royal inspiration is the soul of Mercedes. It is one hell of Car!

Well, not to forget, the Mercedes cabs are common in Germany. Even the Arabs like to sit in a Mercedes turned into a taxi. But the one we have got here would certainly result in an insult if we call it a cab. It is the Mercedes-AMG C43, a sports plus luxury car.

The AMG C43 is a derivative of the Mercedes C-Class. And previously it was known as the C400 4Matic. While the fourth generation C-Class retitled this car. Well, whatever name is given to this car, it would remain among the finest cars.

The Mercedes-AMG C43 came out in 2014. In a way, it got a new name in 2014. And since then we have seen this car rolling across Europe and some wealthy Asian countries. While the North American market received this model in 2017. And even its latest update was launched last year.

Well, the C43 is notably renowned for its sporty performance. Along with that, it remains a common ride for the higher executive class. While the recent improvements brought some minor changes to the mechanism and revamped some looks. Further, it is the performance variant of the Mercedes C-Class. The whole C-Class falls shy to this car.

The AMG-C43 gets a minimum price tag of $55,900. Equipping some amenities for the seating, attraction for the exterior or making it safer could make you go across $65,000.

Now let’s move on and explore the Mercedes-AMG C43!

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3.0 L9 – speed automatic362 hp384 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
4.1s134 mphSedan



20 city/ 27 highway


Hood of 2018 Mercedes-AMG C-43

The Mercedes-AMG C-43 is powerful than the rest of the C-Class. It has been designed for sporty performance and muscular drive. Every detail in the mechanism depicts track performance fundamentals.

A 3.0 L V6 bi-turbo engine comes standard. Further, this engine comes with 362 horses making 384 lb-ft of torque. While the track records surely make this car pronounced like a sports car. The C-43 can lap 0-62 mph within 4.1 seconds. Well, this is faster than a number of other flat 6 and V6 bi-turbo cars. But it certainly falls short to the hypercars. Ahead of that, the track best for C-43 is 134 mph. And it is not just the track best, it is even we tried on a straight cut in Germany.

Well, the mechanism comes mated with the 9-speed automatic transmission. This transmission does not lag in the torque vectoring. Instead, it cuts down your need for a manual gearbox. Especially when you opt to drive the C-43 at standard mode, you would really find a beast hidden under the hood. Further, the all-wheel-drive is standard on all the available models.

The handling has been improved. But still, it has some harshness over the rough patches on the road. And this roughness eliminates the feel of luxury and comfort. While the stiff sporty suspension offers a decent speedy drive.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG C-43 Exterior

The exterior designing is similar to the rest of the C-Class models. The front and rear carry the same design. But some additional packages enhance a lot of differences. Such as if you opt the Studio package you get 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, black exterior designing, and the diamond block grille. While this package is only available for the coupe and convertible models.

Well, the C-43 is available in three body styles. The sedan comes standard and it is the cheapest of all. While the coupe and the convertible shapes take the top seat.

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Interior of 2018 Mercedes-AMG C-43

There is a pretty rich interior packed inside the Mercedes-AMG C-43. Wood interior trim, premium leather seats, the analog clock on the dashboard and suede and leather-wrapped steering wheels are some basic ingredients. Further, Heated power front seats with driver’s configuration memory are standard. Every corner in the car offers a delightful ride. Indeed, the Mercedes-AMG C-43 is a bliss for the luxury lovers.

Ahead of that, the C-43 sedans offer to space for 4 including a driver. And even bring in plenty of space for the cargo. While the coupes and the convertibles do offer some seating space but they are a bit shy as well.

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Features of 2018 Mercedes-AMG C-43

There are plenty of handy features included for the C-43. It gets a touchscreen infotainment system as a standard feature. Further, it gets the multimedia player, the radio system and the navigation. Ahead of that, there are a lot of optional features available for this car. In the entertainment section, you can get the Burmester premium audio System. But it is only available for the sedans. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto stay optional as well.

Well, the Mercedes-AMG C-43 even gets some performance acknowledging features as well. Like it gets the Track Pace app which includes the lap timer, acceleration record, brake pedal movement, and the steering setting. It has been launched recently and it is only available for the iPhone users.

While the proximity keyless entry and push-button start are standard. Along with that the rain sensing wipers are even standard.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG C-43 Safety

Just like the technological features, there are plenty of safety features available for this car. Some standard features include the collision preventer, driver condition assistant, crosswind assistant, blind spot monitoring, parking assistant and road signs recognizer. The passive safety column gets 10-way airbags, stretchable seatbelts and enforced body material. While the active safety gets the antilock braking system and the traction and stability control.

Some available driving dynamic features are Head-up display, tire pressure monitoring system, lane keeping assistant and the surround view system.

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The BMW M3 is among the favorite competitors for the C-43. And since long they have been competing for each other. The M3 is not shy in racing with the C-43. But the Mercedes-AMG C-43 offers more comfort and luxury.

The Mercedes-AMG C-43 is a complete driving package. It houses luxury and performance both at one time. And even the base pricing is justifiable. But the top models are priced quite high.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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