2020 Mercedes-AMG C43 Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG C43 is a middle-of-the-road model that combines civility with athleticism, and it sits between the Benz-branded C300, and the raucous AMG-branded C63. There are three body types available: a sedan, coupe and convertible. Each style will suit your taste. The C43’s all have the same twin-turbo V-6 motor that makes 385 horsepower. This engine provides plenty of power for even the most demanding car enthusiasts. The cabin is spacious and well-equipped, and it gives off the same impression as the larger E- or S-class sedans. However, its smaller size means that there is less cargo and passenger space.

What’s new for 2020?

For 2020, the C43 includes additional standard equipment such as a Burmester sound system and 64-color ambient lighting. There are also illuminated “AMG” doorsill protectors. A customizable, steering-wheel-mounted drive-mode selector pioneered on the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car is also now offered as an option on the C43.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

We can let you decide whether you want a drop-top or two-door look. However, we prefer the sedan because it offers more utility and is easier to access the rear seat. The four-door is also more affordable. There are many options available. We would choose the Driver Assistance package which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, and more. We would also include the digital gauge display (12.3 inches) and heated and ventilated seats in the front.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

The C43’s twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine is carried over from the 2016 C450 sedan. It’s a real gem. The 385-hp engine is powerful and torque-rich. It pairs well with the new nine-speed automatic transmission, which swaps cogs with speed and precision. The boosted six is powerful and responsive, never feeling sluggish or strained when it’s needed. The 2019 C43 sedan was able to achieve the same 4.1 second zero-to-60-mph speed as the 2017 model. While Mercedes-AMG equips the C43 with a pair of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, we found the nine-speed gearbox a competent enough companion when left to its own devices. The C43, a dynamically capable car, is easy to drive through narrow two-lane roads. You can credit the C43’s quick steering, which is both precise and direct. Also credit its rear-biased all wheel-drive system, which allows for a little chassis rotation before asking for additional assistance from its front wheels. You can adjust the suspension between Comfort, Sport, or Sport+ settings. However, all three modes are excessively stiff and can make driving on rough pavement painful.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

You won’t find the Sierra Club in your good graces if you don’t get the C43’s fuel economy. Despite its impressive performance, the twin-turbocharged engine can still be quite economical. A car that can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds while also delivering 29 mpg long-distance highway driving is a remarkable player. We tested the C43 sedan, and the coupe did the same. However, the convertible was slightly slower in real-world testing with 28 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The interior of the C43 is exquisitely designed and constructed from rich materials. This meets the high expectations that the model’s price imposes on it. The C43’s dashboard design is similar to other C-class models. It features a modern dashboard design that conceals a deep storage area with two cupholders. The C43’s central stack is devoid of buttons and is supported by row of expensive-looking, knurled-rocker switches that operate the standard dual-zone automatic climate controls. Although the panel is well-designed, it can be difficult to read the graphics on the climate control panel. With the rear seats down, the C43’s trunk space can hold four suitcases and fifteen carry-on bags. The C43 has ample interior storage thanks to its large door pockets and two generously sized console bins. The C-class has less interior storage than mainstream sedans like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

Connectivity and Infotainment

All C43 models include a 10.5-inch display with Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment system. Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration are also available. The touchpad is placed on top of the controller and a rotary controller to complete commands. The response times were the same as for your average smartphone.

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