2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe

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

Updated on: July 22, 2020

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It's got a twin-turbo V6 that makes 385 horsepower and 384 pounds of torque, a nine-speed automatic that goes through gears like lightning and, more importantly, that classic AMG exhaust that sounds like thunderbolts. The changes in the current generation of C 43 AMG are subtle, but more importantly, they added bigger turbos and bumped the horsepower up from 362 to 385. All-wheel-Drive is the only option. While in the 0-60, it remains the same.

One of the easiest ways to tell the difference is on the back, with big round exhaust pipes. Even though you used to like the old design, trust us, you are going to love this one too. It just adds that much more aggression. The interior got an update also with a neat digital dashboard, a digital steering wheel with readouts, and nifty AMG race seats. Though these interior options are all optional, if you get this car, you need to have those options; otherwise, the rest of the interior is really really bland. 

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Pros

Design

Great Performance

Maneuverability

Cons

Uncomfortable Rear Seats

What's New?

New C-Class AMG Exclusive Grill and Vents

Ambient LEDs


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$58500

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

155 mph

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

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2/14.2

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

61.3 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

55.3 in.

curb weight

3979 lbs.

ground clearance

3.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

48.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

838 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/27/22 mpg

highway range

469.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe in Pepperdust Metallic color
Pepperdust Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

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MSRP


2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Base

Base

power
385 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$58,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9AM) Starting at $58,500 MSRP (19/22/27) 385 hp @ 6100 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
9-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


You can get this car in Coupe, Cabriolet, or sedan. Obviously, the sedan is the most practical, but if you consider us, you should go with the coupe because of its the most attractive combination. It's almost like a beautiful/handsome woman/man in her/his gym outfit instead if their office attire. 

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

8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Features

8.0/10

The all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG Coupe has only one version with a price tag of $58,500. The car has a 3.0L V6 engine with 9-speed transmission featuring an all-wheel-drive setup. Instead of making another version of vehicle Mercedes focused on providing several optional features.

The tons of optional features provided by Mercedes helps one to customize the car’s exterior, interiors, Comfort level and safety features as desired. Some of them are carbon-fiber grills, illuminated door sills, surround-view systems, speed limit assist and many more.

Trim

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Coupe

MSRP

$58,500

Key Features

AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 Biturbo

 

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive

 

AMG Performance Braking System

 

AMG Sport Exhaust System

 

AMG instrumentation

 

10.5-inch high-resolution central display

 

Burmester Surround Sound system

 

AMG menu with Race timer

We Recommend

Without any extra versions and so much to choose it totally comes down to one’s personal preferences. Getting exteriors add-ons like carbon-fiber spoilers, 19-inch twin 5 spoke wheels will increase the car's performance. Investing some extra money on getting additional safety features, upgrading comfort level and several assists like Park assist or speed limit assist will not hurt at all.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The C43 is blessed with enhanced 3.0L V6 bi-turbo 385 hp engine with Nano slide cylinder wall technology paired with 9-speed automatic transmission producing 384 lb.-ft. of torque. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe produces 385 Horsepower

The combination of such a powerful engine with the aerodynamic AMG style body makes this car totally unstoppable.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe

BMW M2

Competition Coupe

INFINITI Q60

Red Sport 400 Coupe

Ford Mustang

Bullitt Coupe

MSRP

$58,500

$58,900

$59,150

$47,705

Engine

AMG-enhanced 3.0 L V6 Biturbo

3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Inline 6

3.0 L V6

5.0 L V8

Transmission

9-speed automatic

6-speed Manual

7-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed Manual

HorsePower

385 hp @ 6100 RPM

405 hp @ 5230 RPM

400 hp @ 6400 RPM

480 hp @ 7000 RPM

Torque

384 ft-lbs. @ 2500 RPM

406 ft-lbs. @ 2350 RPM

350 ft-lbs. @ 1600 RPM

420 ft-lbs. @ 4600 RPM

As far as the competition goes the AMG C43 has the least powerful engine in the class followed by the Infiniti Q60.

Acceleration

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is equipped with a 385 bhp V6 engine paired with all-new 9-speed automatic transmission producing 384 lb.-ft. of torque races from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.5 sec. The car takes only 13.1 sec to complete a quarter-mile. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe hits 0-60 in just 4.5 sec

The engine is quite powerful and the performance is amazing as well but not the best in the class. 

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe

BMW M2

Competition Coupe

INFINITI Q60

Red Sport 400 Coupe

Ford Mustang

Bullitt Coupe

0-60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.2 sec

4.5 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

12.3 sec

13.3 sec

12.2 sec

Engine

AMG-enhanced 3.0 L V6 Biturbo

3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Inline 6

3.0 L V6

5.0 L V8

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

8.8

8.0

8.0

N/A

The BMW M2 Competition comes out to be the quickest car off the line. While the other three competitors stand at exact same time of 4.5seconds for 0-60mph. 

Braking

The Mercedes AMG C43 is blessed with AMG braking prowess. It features 14.2-inch front and 12.6-inch rear ventilated disc brakes along with a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe has 12.6 in. of Rear Brake

The C43 also features Adaptive Brake Technology, Brake drying, with Brake assist system increasing safety and decreasing stopping distance thanks to which it takes only 104 ft. to get from 60-0 mph. 

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe

BMW M2

Competition Coupe

INFINITI Q60

Red Sport 400 Coupe

Ford Mustang

Bullitt Coupe

Front (in.)

14.2

15.7

14

15.5

Rear (in.)

12.6

15.0

13.8

15.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3979

3600

3882

3572

60-0 (ft.)

104

106

163

97

The AMG C43 does not have the most powerful braking system but it does have the most efficient braking system. As far as the competition goes the Ford Mustang 97 ft. to stop from 60-0mph is the shortest distance. 

Ride & Handling

The Mercedes AMG C43 handles great just like other AMG models giving an outstanding sporty feel to the driver. The car features 3 spoke multi-function AMG sports steering wheel with a precise response. 

It has an AMG Ride Control sports suspension featuring a lighter, more rigid 4-wheel multilink design with AMG-developed springs and electronically controlled shock absorbers with 3-stage variable damping providing smooth and stable rides.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe handles very well and is easy to control.

In order to improve handling Mercedes has equipped the AMG C43 with several features such as 4- wheel electronic traction system, 4Matic all-wheel drive, ESP dynamic corner assist for tight corners, etc.

It has 3 different drive modes just like any other AMG and is tuned so well that it can be transformed from a daily driving coupe to a track racing monster with just a switch of a button.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The AMG C43 offers an average mileage of 19/27 mpg city/highway with a combined mileage of 22 mpg. Since it is a performance coupe, this level of fuel efficiency is not the biggest thing to consider but still, it has some impressive fuel efficiency enough to lead the segment with the best in class overall fuel efficiency.

Model Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe BMW M2 Competition Coupe INFINITI Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe Ford Mustang Bullitt Coupe
MPG (City) 19 18 19 14
MPG (Highway) 27 25 26 23
MPG (Combined) 22 20 21 17
Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.) 17.4 13.2 20 16
Range (City/Highway) 331/470 247/343 400/540 227/368

Although, Mercedes and Infiniti offer almost similar fuel efficiency figures. Infiniti does get a upper hand due to a bigger capacity fuel tank which results in a better range. While the Mustang comes last with the lowest figures in terms of fuel efficiency.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Interior

7.0/10

C43 is a single row coupe with the capacity of accommodating 4 people. It features AMG performance-focused cockpit with multifunction steering wheels along with 14-way power front seats with a memory system for each front seat to recall three stored seat positions.

The AMG also gets 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats offering a variety of cargo and passenger configuration.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Front Seats

It has soft DINAMICA microsuede seat inserts. The black interior is highlighted with red topstitching and seatbelt. There are several optional features and packages to enhance C43’s interior, comfort as the customer desires offered by Mercedes.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe

BMW M2 Competition Coupe

INFINITI Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Ford Mustang Bullitt Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

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

38.8/54.8/ 42.0

40.1/54.4/41.5

37.4/54.6/43.1

37.6/56.3/45.1

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

35.6/51.7/32.0

38.9/45.7/29.5

34.5/54.0/32.4

34.8/52.2/29.0

The BMW M2 Competition provides a better room in terms of creature comfort. With a considerably larger room for the passenger which further results in better comfort on longer journeys. 

Interior Features

Mercedes has pulled all shots here to give the best features possible on its entry-level AMG offering. The extensive list of features includes.

  • 14-way power front seats with memory
  • 3 years of Mercedes me-connect services
  • Mercedes me connect Assist Services
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • AMG steering wheel with touch controls
  • Soft-close doors
  • Electronic trunk closer
  • Hands-Free Access
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Electric trunk partition
  • AMG illuminated door sills
  • Illuminated entry system
  • HomeLink garage door opener

Infotainment System

The AMG features a standard 10.25-inch-high resolution in-dash infotainment screen.  Although, it doesn’t have any modern features like touch-screen, voice command. But it does support apple car play or android auto in its infotainment system.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Dashboard

The infotainment system looks classy, has a straightforward user interface and does not feel outdated at all. To control the infotainment system you can use the scroll wheel, the touchpad or the right control pad on the steering wheel.

Infotainment Features

  • Analogue gauges with high-resolution multifunction display
  • 25-inch high-resolution centre display
  • AMG instrumentation
  • AMG menu with Race timer
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • FrontBass system
  • Burmester Surround Sound System
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Dual USB audio port
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • Central controller
  • Steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons

Cargo capacity

The Mercedes has 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space which is nothing to brag about but, is quite good for its class. The cargo space can be increased by folding its rear seat. In case you are carrying something heavy or your hands are full the hand free trunk access feature is there for your aid.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe

BMW M2 Competition Coupe

INFINITI Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Ford Mustang Bullitt Coupe

Cargo Volume (Cu-ft.)

12.3

13.8

8.7

13.5

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Exterior

7.0/10

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 has a hint of AMG style body but it is more of a sleeper and looks more like a C-class diesel than an AMG C63. The AMG C43 has a fully redesigned body, its AMG style Grille, boot lid spoiler, rear diffuser, AMG quad exhaust, LED lighting makes it a very aggressive front and sportier rear look but a sleek calm side profile.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe 3 Quarter View

Weighing 3,9379lbs, it has a body length of 184.8 inches and a width of 71.3 inches with a body height of 55.3 inches which makes it sleeker than a C63 but big enough to make it a four-seater. The car has 111.8 inches of wheelbase with a track width of 63.1/61.3. And with only 3.6 inches of ground clearance, the car sticks to the ground improving its aerodynamic.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe

BMW M2 Competition Coupe

INFINITI Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Ford Mustang Bullitt Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3979

3600

3882

3850

Length (in)

184.8

176.2

184.4

188.5

Width (in)

71.3

73.0

72.8

75.4

Height (in)

55.3

55.5

54.5

54.3

Ground Clearance (in)

3.6

4.6

4.9

6.3

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

106.0

112.2

104.3

Track Width (in) F/R

63.1/61.3

62.2/63.0

61.2/61.8

62.3/64.9

The Mercedes comes out to be the heaviest vehicle of the lot along with the least ground clearance. 

Exterior Features

The AMG C43 has received an entirely refreshed design on the exterior that gives it a unique personality now.

  • AMG-specific grille
  • AMG body styling
  • All-LED exterior lighting
  • OLED tail lamps
  • 18-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Safety

7.0/10

The AMG C43 has not been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS yet. But Mercedes is known for offering a lot in terms of safety. Now with the use of hybrid aluminum and stainless steel chassis, the C43 is said to be safer than before with improved overall rigidity, occupant protection along with reduced weight. 

Safety Features

Ensuring the highest safety parameters, Mercedes gave enough safety features to all the vehicles rolling out of their facilities. The AMG C43 gets a similar treatment with the following features.

  • Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call
  • Attention Assist
  • Intelligent Light System headlamps & Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Crosswind, Blind Spot & Lane Keeping Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Pre-safe & Pre-safe Sound
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Surround View System
  • Pop-up roll bars
  • 10 airbags
  • Front seat-belt presenters
  • Adaptive braking technology & Brake Assist
  • Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) & Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Hybrid aluminum and high-strength steel body structure
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
  • Magic Vision Control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe VS BMW M2 Competition Coupe

The C43 AMG & M2 are both entry-level performance cars from both brands. Here the M2 manages to have better engine performance figures and a manual transmission. But if you are looking for luxury in your performance-focused vehicle then there's nothing that beats Mercedes. In the end, it's a pick between pure performance and luxury mixed with performance.

2020 BMW M2 Competition

 But if you are looking for luxury in your performance-focused vehicle then there's nothing that beats Mercedes. In the end, it's a pick between pure performance and luxury mixed with performance.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe VS INFINITI Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

The Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe offers a lot in terms of performance. It does manage to offer better horsepower figures but lacks a little in terms of torque.

2020 INFINITI Q60 Red Sport

Also in terms of aesthetics, you will find the C 43 much better than the Q60. The C43 AMG is a better overall package in every segment you would compare the Q60 with.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe VS Ford Mustang coupe

The Mustang is offered as an all-out American Muscle car for the regular guy. Still featuring a big V8 engine, the Mustang doesn't have much to offer. 

2020 Mustang Coupe

On the other hand, Mercedes offers better performance along with better fuel economy but it also costs almost 10 Grands more. So the final choice will be on your personal preference as to what purpose you are going to use your car.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Final Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is a performance coupe. With so many options to customize the exteriors, interiors and safety features, it is more like a customer car. The AMG style body with low ground clearance gives it a low profile sporty look enhancing its Aerodynamics and driving dynamics.

The car has awesome fuel efficiency than its rival, has one of the strongest powerhouses in the whole class, with the best in class interiors. Well, it does have quite small boot and is a bit underperforming than others, but when it comes to standard, styling, and practicality the AMG C43 rules the segment in the same price bracket.

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