2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Review | Asian Car Guide
October 15, 2019

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Review

Mercedes-AMG C 43 Sedan

The new Mercedes-AMG C43’s 3-litre bi-turbo V6 engine has been carried over from its predecessor but it now sports larger turbochargers and maximum boost pressure has also risen – from 0.95 bar to 1.1 bar.

Gear changes via the 9-speed automatic (also the same unit as the one used in the previous C43) are also quicker, thanks to software tweaks.

In Sport or Sport Plus mode, the gearbox responded with a textbook lesson on how fast, and direct, changing gears should be.

It also did not matter if the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters were used or the transmission was left to do the gear selection automatically, the result was always one and the same.

Mercedes-AMG C 43 Sedan interiorThese tweaks make a great difference for not only economy but performance as well.

Zero to hundred is dispatched in 4.7 seconds, one-tenth of a second swifter than before. This does not sound like much but in the driver’s seat, it felt significantly faster and adds to the overall result of a better performance.

The scenery flashes by in a blur and if you hold down your right foot a tad longer, you will find yourself zooming past a line of cars and not just one.

The Mercedes-AMG C43 certainly goes harder for longer now.

Choosing either Sport or Sport Plus, or leaving it in Comfort, also altered the way the suspension and steering performed. If you needed immediate performance, depress the “M” button and gear changes will only occur when you pull at either paddle-shifter.

During upshifts, a flashing red arrow on the fully-digital instrument display lets you know when the optimum moment to change gears is.

The C43 sedan is also pretty handy in the twisty stuff. Equipped with AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, which has a rear-biased torque distribution of 31:69, you can get on the power earlier and accelerate out of bends smoothly and with superb traction because of the new torque change.

If you do get it wrong, the slew of electronic stability and traction control gizmos will keep you out of harm’s way and make you feel a better equipped driver.

On the outside, the revised front apron and side air curtains combine with the rear apron and more pronounced rear diffuser to improve airflow under and around the car.

Also new are the light-alloy wheels, which have been aerodynamically optimised in a wind tunnel.

The standout feature in the sporty cabin is the flat-bottomed AMG steering wheel. Its grippy shape, heavily contoured rim and flattened thumb placements at the 10 and two o’clock positions make it a real driver’s tool.

Turbocharged 3-litre V6 in the C43 pumps out 287kW of power and 520Nm of torque, figures that enable the sedan to go from rest to 100km/h in a relatively rapid 4.7 seconds.

The C43 saloon does have one blemish – its ride is on the firm side even when Comfort is selected. It does not toss you about but you can feel, and hear, road imperfections quite distinctly.

The new Mercedes-AMG C43 four-door is better suited to Australia roads than the Mercedes-AMG C63.

Sure, the C63 sedan is more potent and faster in all driving situations, but it will leave you mega frustrated as there is not anywhere in the city or suburbs where you can exploit even half of its performance without the risk of losing your licence.

The C43 sedan, on the other hand, is a well-suited to our city state. It is fast but never manic. Vocal but never loud. It will cruise happily on our highways and blend smoothly with slower traffic.

And if the need arises, it will blast past cars without fuss and drama by giving you still plenty of performance you can use.

Mercedes-AMG C 43 Sedan side rearMercedes-Benz offers a three-year/unlimited km warranty with 24-hour ‘Road Care’ emergency roadside assistance provided for three years.

Servicing is recommended every 12 months/25,000km (with on-board reminders from the ‘ASSYST’ maintenance interval indicator) and a capped price servicing plan is available at Silver and Platinum levels for up to five years/100,000km.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Price and Specifications:

  • Price: From $111,900 plus ORC
  • Engine: 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol
  • Power: 287kW at 6100rpm
  • Torque: 520Nm at 2500-5000rpm
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic, AWD
  • Fuel use: 9.1L/100km