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Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is a 5 seater sedan car at a starting price of Rs. 98.00 Lakh in India. AMG C43 is offered with 2L petrol engine along with automatic transmission option only. It is offered in a single variant and White colour only.
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Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Specifications

  • Engine1991 CC
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Fuel TypePetrol
  • Max Power402.30bhp@6750rpm
  • Seating Capacity5
  • Drive TypeAWD
  • Body TypeSedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Features

  • Max Torque (500Nm@5500rpm)
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Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Car Latest Updates Last Update - Dec 05, 2023

Mercedes-Benz has launched the C43 AMG in India for Rs 98 lakh (ex-showroom). It is offered alongside the standard C-Class sedan and features sportier AMG-specific styling cues as well as chassis upgrades for a sportier drive experience. Also, the latest iteration of the C43 AMG replaces its old six-cylinder engine with a more powerful 403PS 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.

Features of Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

The sedan is equipped with an 11.9-inch MBUX touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple Carplay/Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, powered front-row seats with memory function, a sunroof, a 15-speaker Burmester sound system, wireless phone charging, sun blinds, rear AC vents, and ambient lighting. In terms of safety, it includes 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, run-flat tires, a tire pressure monitoring system, active brake assist, and active park assist.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Engine

The C43 AMG is powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that generates 403PS of power and 500Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system paired to 9-speed automatic transmission. It measures 4751mm in length, 1820mm in width, 1437mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2865mm.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Rivals

The Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG locks horns with the BMW M4 and the Audi RS5 Sportback.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Variants

The C43 AMG is offered in a single variant.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Price

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 prices start at Rs. 98.00 Lakh (Ex-Showroom).

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Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Pros and Cons

  • AMG C43 Advantages

    Feels friendly to drive, just like a normal C-Class\r\nLivable ride quality and can be used as a daily driver, luxurious cabin experience, spacious for four people and has a decent boot

  • AMG C43 Disadvantages

    Plastic quality at certain places could’ve been better, You need to ring the 2-litre petrol engine hard to dial up the excitement, rivals offer the same or even better experience at a lower price point, space saver eats into boot space

  • Expert's Conclusion

    The Mercedes-AMG C43 does everything you expect from a performance saloon. It looks great, goes fast and is practical enough to take your family for an exciting road trip

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Expert Review

Mercedes-Benz has launched the new 2023 C43 AMG to India at Rs 98 lakh (ex-showroom). It’s the sportier version of the current generation C-Class and locks horns with the BMW M340i (Rs 71.5 lakh) and Audi S5 Sportback (Rs 75.74 lakh). The main talking point is underneath the hood as the new C43 AMG gets a new four-cylinder engine instead of the outgoing model’s six-cylinder unit. 

How is the new car to drive and is it worth spending a crore for it? We spent a day with Mercedes’ performance sedan to tell you the answer. 

Looks 

This being a sportier AMG model gets a couple of design updates over the standard C-Class. And they are easily noticeable and sure to grab your attention. 

Dominating the front-end is AMG’s ‘Panamericana’ vertical slat chrome grille that gives the car an aggressive look. It’s flanked by a pair of sleek adaptive LED headlights that can blank part of the beams so you don’t blind drivers on the opposite side. Below it is a restyled bumper that contributes to the car’s sporty front-end look. 

At the side, the C43 AMG has a lower ride height than the standard C-Class and these 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels and the addition of sporty black side sills give it a nice lowered down stance. You can pick this car up with different paint schemes to suit your taste. The options are detailed in the table below:

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 Colours 

  • Obsidian Black 

  • Polar White 

  • Sodalite Blue

  • Graphite Grey 

  • High-tech Silver 

  • Selenite Grey 

  • Spectral Blue 

  • Manufaktur Opalite White Bright

  • Manufaktur Patagonia Red Bright 

  • Manufaktur Graphite Grey Magno

Coming to the rear, you get split-LED tail lamps which have an intricately designed insignia with welcome and goodbye function. Looks cool, especially at night. Rounding off the overall design updates are the quad exhausts and diffuser-like design element on the bumper, giving it a nice athletic look. 

Interior 

Inside, the new 2023 C43 AMG’s basic dashboard design is the same as the standard C-Class’s. It has a modern and luxurious look, thanks to the large 11.9-inch MBUX touchscreen infotainment system and 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, both of which have crisp graphics and are easy to use. However, this being an AMG, there are a couple of upgrades. 

For starters, you get sports front seats with thick side bolsters to hold you in place when driving hard. Both the aforementioned screens run AMG-specific graphics for that racy feel. You can access most features of the car through the touchscreen and also get some useful features such as a stopwatch to measure lap times around a race track. 

Then there's an AMG-specific steering wheel which gets dual spokes to house the steering controls. It also has two rotary dials through which you can change the car’s drive mode settings. Useful, especially on the move. And to add to the overall aggressive theme, you get red seat belts, red stitching and these lovely carbon-fibre-like inserts on the dashboard and centre console. 

The ambient lighting setup, which adds to the sense of occasion, needs a separate mention. It changes colours while playing music or adjusting temperature (red for hot and blue for cold). You get to choose from 64 monotone colours or pre-defined dual-tone colours. Looks awesome, like a disco club. 

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As for quality, you get soft-touch plastics up top, but lower down, there are hard plastics which are of good quality. Even the stalks and switches operate with a nice heft. However, hunt around the cabin and you’ll notice certain bits could have been better, especially the one surrounding the rear AC vents. 

Features Onboard 

In terms of features, you’ll be satisfied with the C43 AMG as it gets most of the niceties including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, a crisp-sounding 15-speaker Burmester sound system, powered front seats with memory function and heating, 64-colour ambient lighting, and a powered tailgate.  

Safety features include multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, forward collision avoidance warning, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera, electronic stability control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. 

At this price point, though, we wish it offered some additional features such as ventilated front seats (useful for our weather) and a full suite of ADAS features. In fact, there are cars that are priced much less than the C43 offering both of them. 

Space And Practicality 

This being a low-slung car, ingress and egress is a bit more difficult than the standard C-Class. However, once inside, things are nice and cozy. The sports front seats with its enhanced side bolstering can accommodate people with wider frames and have good underthigh and lateral support. Healthy adjustment range from both the electronically operated steering rack and seats allows you to find the right driving position easily. 

The rear seat, which is best for two adults and a small kid in between, has a decent amount of space. Me being a 5.8-foot-tall person has more than enough room to stretch out behind my driving position. Once again, we can't fault the underthigh and lateral support, which are more than satisfactory. You also have rear AC vents, a centre armrest with cup holders and rear sunshades for that added bit of comfort. 

No major complaints in terms of practicality as well. The front door pockets can swallow in a 1-litre bottle and other knick knacks. You also get a storage space in the centre console for your drinks and wallet. The glove box is of a decent size. Only gripe is the rear door pockets, which are slim and can’t accommodate much. 

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As for boot space, you have a large 455-litre trunk, which can take a fair amount of luggage for your weekend trip. That said, the space saver doesn’t have a separate compartment below the floor and eats into space. 

Engine 


Now to the biggest talk point, the engine. The new C43 AMG gets a downsized 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine instead of the 3-litre six-cylinder unit the older model packed. The new engine is technologically advanced with bits such as an electronically driven turbocharger and drives all four wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

Here’s a comparison of its specifications with the outgoing car:

 

Old Mercedes-AMG C43

New Mercedes-AMG C43

Power 

390PS

403PS (+13Nm)

Torque 

520Nm (+20Nm)

500Nm 

0-100kmph

4.7 seconds 

4.7 seconds

Top Speed 

250kmph (limited)

250kmph (limited)

The new four-cylinder has a linear pull and feels effortless to drive. It shuffles through gears quickly and feels friendly like a normal C-Class, both in town and while cruising on the highway. Overtaking vehicles on the road can be executed by putting your foot down, with the gearbox shuffling down the gears and serving you power when needed. 

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But to experience the best out of it, you need to find an open stretch of road and push it to its limits. It’s free revving and you’ll enjoy pushing it to the redline. The car has mighty performance and you always need to keep a check on the speedometer to ensure you aren’t going above the speed limit. 

You just wish that the gearbox was a tad quicker to respond to kickdowns while wringing it hard. But there’s a workaround. Use the deliciously crafted paddle shifters, which even allow you to hold a gear and bang the rev limiter. The C43 AMG also has launch control, but sadly that function wasn’t working in our test car. 

There are different drive modes and here’s our sum up on them:

Drive Mode

Tester Feedback

Comfort 

Dials down throttle response, shuffles through the gear early. Perfect for daily usage

Sport 

Hold gears and shifts a bit higher up the rev range. Perfect balance for cruise and aggressive driving. 

Sport+ 

Dials up throttle response for sharp power delivery. Keeps everything in max attack mode. Recommended for aggressive and track driving. 

Individual

Allows you to adjust various parameters as per your taste. 

There is another concern that needs to be addressed: the exhaust note. Our honest opinion? It’s alright, but not the best. The exhaust system has a valve and it’s best to be left opened to enjoy the note. On the outside, at start-up, it has a nice rumble which can be heard when pushing hard as well. However, inside, it’s more dim and quiet and the car plays an artificial note through the speakers to add character. 

Ride And Handling 

This being the performance-focussed C-Class gets a couple of upgrades underneath the skin. Main ones include a stiffer suspension setup with adaptive dampers, wider and grippier Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, rear axle steering and bigger brakes. So how does this help in the ride and handling of the C43 AMG? 

 

Despite having a stiffer suspension and low profile 19-inch tyres, the C43 AMG’s ride is still manageable. This is mainly due to the adaptive dampers, which make a whole world of difference. Mind you, you still do feel the bumps on the road, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. In fact, the ride is liveable and you won’t mind using this car as your daily driver. 

The dampers changes the stiffness depending on the mode you select and here our tester notes:

Drive Mode

Tester Feedback

Comfort 

Has a soft and cushy ride. Perfect for city usage, but not recommended for highway as it gets bouncy. 

Sport 

Surprisingly offers the best balance for our road conditions. Not too stiff or soft with a flat ride. 

Sport+ 

Firms up the suspension and you do feel more of the road surface inside the cabin . 

Individual

Allows you to adjust various parameters as per your taste. 

The C43 is a great handler and is mighty fun to drive. Straight line stability is fantastic and the car masks speeds very well. The stiffer suspension keeps body control tight and it stays flat through corners. It’s also very agile thanks to the rear axle steering, offering you quick direction changes. 

As for brakes, they slow you down rapidly from high speeds and offer a nice and reassuring bite. It’s also very easy to modulate and a newbie will get used to driving the car within minutes. 

Verdict 

The new C43 AMG has everything you expect from a performance saloon. It has the looks to turn eyes, is mighty fast, reasonably fun to drive and has a surprisingly comfortable ride quality on our roads. The car is practical too, offering space for four people and your weekend luggage. You also get the added novelty factor of the Mercedes and AMG badging. 

But would we recommend it? As a default choice, not really. Rivals offer the same or similar performance for less money. For instance, the BMW M340i might be lower on power, but it has much more character, thanks to its 3-litre six-cylinder petrol engine but is a little more understated. If you want something more exciting from Mercedes-AMG and don’t mind something smaller, you have the A45 S, which has the same engine and performance in a more fun to drive package. 

We would suggest you pick this only if you must have some performance as well as the status and flash of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG luxury.  

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The ex-showroom price of top variant of Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is 98.00 Lakh (Delhi).

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The EMI for the base variant of Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 in Delhi is Rs. 1,89,576 per month @ 10.5% for a tenure of 60 months.

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