2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: June 16, 2020
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Filling the void that exists between the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz C300 and the bonkers Mercedes-AMG C63, the Mercedes-AMG C43 offers superlative performance at a sensible cost. It's accessible as a sedan, roadster, or convertible with typical AMG styling cues. You will admire the classical C class hallmarks such as striking exterior design and well-laid interior and surprisingly agile chassis. Owners can choose between three different drive modes.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

The enthusiastic twin-turbo V-6 motor is the star of the C43 appeal and 9-speed automatic transmission shifts butter smooth. Updates have brought all manner of tech and niggles into the car. The ride is harsh and the suspension feels as if it channels each street undulation and surface defect straightforwardly to the seats and up the spines of the driver and passengers.

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Pros

Superior driving dynamics

Comfortable interior

Three body styles Available

Cons

Harsh ride

Low on cargo volume

Pricey Options

What's New?

Burmester sound system now included in the base price

64-color ambient lighting system is also standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$55950

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

385 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

384 lbs.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

9 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.1/61.3

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

185 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

56.3 in.

ground clearance

3.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/27 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 in Black color 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 in Iridium Silver Metallic color 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 in Obsidian Black Metallic color 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 in Polar White color
Black

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Ratings

Features

7.1

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Final Verdict

8.8

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Base

Base

power
385 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$55,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $55,950 MSRP (19/22/27) 385 hp @ 6100 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


Filling the void that exists between the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz C300 and the bonkers Mercedes-AMG C63, the Mercedes-AMG C43 offers superlative performance at a sensible cost. It's accessible as a sedan, roadster, or convertible with typical AMG styling cues.

You will admire the classical C class hallmarks such as striking exterior design and well-laid interior and surprisingly agile chassis. Owners can choose between three different drive modes.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan Rear View

7.1/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 

8.8/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Features

7.1/10

Only a single trim for the AMG sedan is available. Nonetheless, there are several packages available for customizing the ride as per one’s requirements. Bid for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Sedan starts from $55,250. In addition to Hands-Free Access and Keyless-Go, the small luxury car packs a whole new bunch of perks and feats.

Trims AMG C43
MSRP $55,250
Features 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission
  7" COMAND display screen
  DYNAMIC SELECT
  All-Season Tires
  ECO Start/Stop
  Power sunroof and extendable sun visors
  KEYLESS START
  Rearview camera
  Wood trim with analogue clock
  FrontBass 5-speaker Audio System
  Bluetooth technology
  40/20/40-split-folding rear seats
  ATTENTION ASSIST
  Active Brake Assist

Some of the notable features of the small luxury coupe include dual-zone automatic climate control and 18-inch AMG 5-spoke w/black accents. Also, the ride features AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive for superb handling and control. The ride also comes with the AMG Sport Exhaust System to make the ride even better.

Also, readMercedes-Benz AMG C 43: Complete Buyers Guide

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Practicality has an edge over performance at some point in life, the base price of $55,000 of the C43 AMG sedan variant undercuts the cabriolet and coupe sibling’s by $3500 and $8400 respectively.

Premium package for $7400 includes convenience items such as an 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, perfumed interior, illuminated doorsills and some addition of safety features.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2020 C43's twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V-6 is a hidden gem. Pure driving pleasure and torque-rich, the 384-hp engine is clubbed with a TCT nine-speed automatic transmission that changes its gears with both speed and accuracy.

The C43 doles out 384 lb-ft of torque and transfers 69 per cent to the rear and 31 per cent to the front axle through 4MATIC all-wheel-drive so you can experience sports car properties in every situation.

An upcoming generation has been spotted testing which will replace the AMG C 43 and will be called the AMG C 53.  A new 2.0-litre four-cylinder powertrain will be used and the 3.0 litre V6 will be discontinued.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan has Twin Turbo V-6, 3.0 L Engine

Mercedes-AMG engineers have tuned gearbox, particularly for a surreal driving experience. This has a model-specific programming application to accomplish short shift times.

The multiple downshifts permits more unconstrained blasts of speed, while the double-declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport+" drive programs makes for a considerably more enthusiastic drive.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 

Jaguar XF 25t Premium 

Genesis G80 3.8 

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE 

MSRP

$55,250

$50,200

$47,635

$50,960

$43,045

$51,295

Engine

Twin Turbo V-6, 3.0 L

Intercooled Turbo 3.0L V-6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.8L V6

3.7L V6

Transmission

9-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT Automatic

8-Speed Automatic Tiptronic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

Horsepower

384 hp @ 2500 rpm

349 hp @5400 rpm

241 hp@ 5800rpm

247 hp@ 5500rpm

311 hp@ 6000rpm

330 hp@ 7000rpm

Torque

385 lb-ft @ 6100 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1650 rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

293 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

270 ft-lbs@ 5200rpm

The Audi S4 dishes out similar horsepower as the C 43 AMG and the power delivery is linear. The rest of the rivals are far behind in terms of horsepower and the Lexus produces lowest among the lot.

Acceleration

Acceleration is brisk and C43 AMG takes 4.1 seconds to dash from 0 to 60 miles an hour and 13.2 seconds to pass the quarter-mile flag. The top speed is limited to 155 miles an hour with the whisk four-wheel-drive system, feels faster than the figure suggests.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 

    Audi S4       

  Lexus GS 300   

  Jaguar XF 25t Premium 

  Genesis G80 3.8 

  Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE 

0-60 MPH

4.1 sec

4.3 sec

7 sec

5 sec

6.3 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter mile

13.2

12.8 sec

N/A

13.5 sec

14.6 sec

14.2 sec

Engine

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.8L V6

3.7L V6

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.3

8.9

8.4

The American muscle cars with huge horsepower under their bonnets are purebred to decimate the drag strip and the Merc has a tough time keeping up. The C43 makes it first to 60 in 4.1 seconds with the Audi S4 and Jaguar XF close at its wedgies, next followed by the Infiniti. However, the variation is too meager to weigh in real life.

Ride and Handling

The entire C-Class from Mercedes-Benz is about comfort and safety. Likewise, the C43 combines easy steering with powerful braking. Roaming crowded city streets are just as comfortable as cruising on the highways.

The available air suspension system makes everything comfortable as a sweet summer breeze for the passengers as well as the driver. The elite all-wheel-drive created by Mercedes-AMG combines optimum traction, typical AMG driving dynamics in most extreme driving situations.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan Front View

With the established DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual", attributes of the C 43 4MATIC+ can be tweaked at the tap of a finger. This adjusts key parameters, for example, the reaction of the motor, transmission, suspension, and steering. AMG has quickened the steering application but just up to the mark.

The AMG ride control suspension with adaptive three-step continuously damping enables optimal spread between pleasant comfort and exceptionally lively setup. It gives you unrivaled performance in everyday driving and on the race track.

As performance-oriented as the AMG C43 seems to be, the forfeit in ride comfort is irrelevant. Truly, you'll feel more flaws in the street surface, however not to any objectionable level that too on rougher asphalt

Braking

The stopping prowess is held by Brembo six-piston calipers, the performance is not overly spectacular but it is acceptable. The bite is enough to decrease the speed on corners and come out it easily. AMG C43 has the lowest curb weight among the rivals.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan has a Front Brake of 14.2 in.

Not impressive, but better than what other cars in the competition has to offer. The Genesis G 80 is the bulkiest coupe in the league with a total curb weight of 4195 lbs.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 

    Audi S4    

  Lexus GS 300 

  Jaguar XF 25t Premium 

  Genesis G80 3.8 

  Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE 

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

14.2

N/A

12.8

13.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

13

N/A

12.8

12.4

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3825

3858

3805

3590

4195

3876

70-0 MPH (ft.)

-

-

174

170

167

167

In contrast to the opposition, the Audi S4 has the most extensive discs - 14.2 upfront and 13 at the back. Most of the sedans have similar-sized brakes, except for the Infiniti, with 12.6-inch discs.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The sedan offers a great, combined fuel economy. While on the city roads the small luxury car delivers 19 mpg, it offers 27 mpg in highway conditions. The combined fuel economy offered by the sedan is 22 mpg. This is slightly better than that offered by the Infiniti Q70 which offers 21 mpg combined.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 

  Audi S4   

  Lexus GS 300 

 Jaguar XF 25t Premium 

 Genesis G80 3.8 

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE 

MPG (city)

19

21

22

25

19

18

MPG (highway)

27

30

32

34

27

25

MPG (combined)

22

24

26

28

22

21

Tank Capacity (gal)

17.4

15.3

17.4

19.5

20.3

20.0

 In terms of combined fuel economy, Audi S4 Premium and BMW Jaguar XF are better. These small-size luxury cars offer 24 mpg and 25 mpg of combined fuel economy, respectively.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Interior

9.0/10

The cabin emphasizes sportiness and elegance, the C43 highlights a contemporary dashboard outline with a streaming focus stack that shrouds profound storage with a couple of cup holders. Generally, without buttons, the C43's inside stack is tied down by a line of costly looking knurled rocker switches for working the standard dual-zone automatic climate control.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan Front Seats

New AMG steering wheel lined with fine Nappa leather houses touch-control buttons which make the multimedia experience better. The speedometer, tachometer, and measure bunch screen all element clear typography for simple perception, head-up display transforms the windscreen into the digital cockpit so you can focus on the road.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 

Jaguar XF 25t Premium 

Genesis G80 3.8 

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE 

Passenger capacity

4

4

5

5

5

5

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

40.9/55.3/41.7

38.9/55.9/41.3

38.0/57.3/42.3

37.5/NA/NA

41.1/58.3/45.7

39.1/58.4/44.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55/35.2

37.4/54.5/35.7

37.8/55.7/36.8

38.2/NA/NA

38.2/57.1/35.0

37.7/56.7/36.2

All the AMG C 43s element an inside that is refined and appealing. The AMG performance leather seats with attractive red sewing and vital arrangement high tech material set the C 43 apart from its standard C-Class brethren.

The front and rear seats in the AMG C 63 are a bit cramped if compared to Audi S4 and Jaguar XF sedan. The space distribution in both rivals is better than the former. 

Interior Features

  • Power-adjustable Steering Column
  • Memory Driver’s Seat
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Head-up Display
  • Soft-Touch Buttons

Infotainment System 

For now, the C43 still comes with the COMAND infotainment system and MBUX will come later in the future as an update. Inside, it comes with a standard 8.4-inch infotainment screen which is easy to use and offers connectivity via Bluetooth, dual USB ports and HD Radio system.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan has 8.4-inch Infotainment Screen

Navigation is made simpler and effectual with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A built-in Wi-Fi hotspot is also available.

Infotainment Features

  • 8.4-inch infotainment system
  • Voice Commands
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth audio and phone
  • Real-time Weather
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • USB and AUX input
  • Burmester Audio System

Cargo Capacity 

The cargo volume of the C43 AMG isn’t that great but well suited to carry an average amount of luggage. The rear seats can be folded down to accommodate more Carry-On Luggage

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 

Jaguar XF 25t Premium 

Genesis G80 3.8 

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE 

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.6

13

14.3

17.8

15.3

14.9

The Audi S4 sedan and Lexus GS offers similar cargo space as the AMG C43 sedan. The cargo capacity is much compromised in the cabriolet variant of the Mercedes-Benz.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Exterior

9.0/10

Looking like a smaller C63, the AMG C43 flaunts aggressive front and rear that portrays its sporty intentions. The twin-louvered AMG radiator grille and body integrated diffusers look purposeful, the round twin exhaust tailpipes and distinctive rear fascia are unmistakably AMG.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan 3 Quarter View

Minute styling elements like a decklid spoiler and more extensive side skirts give the C43's AMG-tuned swoopy style an additional feeling of dynamism. If asked about the acoustic experience, the variably adjustable exhaust flap lets you change the symphony at the push of a button. Aerodynamically optimized alloy wheels enhance the sporty appeal.

Model

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 

Audi S4

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t Premium 

Genesis G80 3.8 

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE 

Curb weight (lbs.)

3825

3858

3805

3590

4195

3876

Length(in)

185

186.8

192.1

195.0

196.5

196.1

Width(in)

71.3

72.5

72.4

78.2

74.4

72.6

Height(in)

56.3

55.3

57.3

57.4

58.3

59.1

Ground clearance (in)

3.5

-

5.1

4.1

5.3

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

111.2

112.2

116.5

118.5

114.2

Track width (in) F/R

63.1/61.3

61.6/60.9

62/62.6

61.4/61.8

64.1/65.3

62/61.6

The dimensions of all the sedans are somewhat similar and portraying sporty intentions in their charisma. Genesis G80 is heaviest in the segment while the AMG C63 is the lightest. The ground clearance and wheelbase are also equivalent.

Exterior Features

  • AMG light-alloy Wheels
  • AMG Spoiler Lip
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • AMG Performance Exhaust System
  • Twin-Louvred AMG Grille
  • Body Integrated Front Diffuser
  • Carbon Fiber Side Struts
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Sedan

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Safety

The 2020 C43 sedan comes with strong security and reliability features. Collision prevention assist plus, blind spot assist, pre-safe and 9 airbags are some of them. Moreover, the small luxury car flaunts an adaptive braking technology.

All in all, the luxury car doesn’t offer high-end safety and reliability features. However, in contrast with performance, the available security features are some of the best available.

Safety and Reliability

  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Embrace Secure Emergency Sos
  • Active Brake Assist Forward Collision
  • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Vs Audi S4

Audi has an all-new S4 built on the latest generation A4, which will probably make this a three-way fight royale. To start with Audi S4 is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V-6 that dishes out 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8 speed ZF sourced automatic transmission.

2020 Audi S4

Audi separates itself from whatever remains of the class with a more aggressive outside and a minimalistic inside, featuring the likelihood that aesthetics might be the integral factor among buying decisions. While Benz sharpens its AMG C43 model, Audi continues the tradition of bringing the most pleasant and understated sedan.

Mercedes-AMG C43 vs Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF, a great looking sedan with an economical engine, hits the perfect balance between practicality and performance. Not only does it have the biggest passenger and cargo capacity, but it also doesn't need to cut its sporty character in the process.

2020 Jaguar XF

However, unlike the AMG, neither does it growl like a beast, nor has it the power to match one. Furthermore, in terms of driving feel, XF is a treat, but the AMG is a feast.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Final Verdict

8.8/10

Midrange Luxury is a segment flooded with lots of options. Not every person needs outrageous performance, but rather many aims for more than the conventional. The C 43 AMG straddles this space well with attractive price tag and performance.

The C43, and as an AMG-badged car that works throughout the entire year and in pretty much any circumstance you toss at it. By being quick and agile when the state of mind takes, yet calm and refined when it doesn't, the Mercedes-AMG C43 is apparently the choice of the C-Class lineup.