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: January 16, 2020
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The AMG C43 for 2020 is here and how! It is the entry-level car in the AMG family. The car gets a new design layout which is unique. Previously, there wasn’t any difference in the design language of the C43 as compared to the other C-Class cars. The AMG engine has also been amped up. The new AMG engine produces as much as 24 more horsepower than the previous cars. If you already own a previous-gen AMG C43, I can understand your agony with the new release.

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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

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

184.8 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

55.3 in.

ground clearance

3.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

10.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 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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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Base

Base

power
385 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium
mpg
23 combined

$58,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9AM) Starting at $58,500 MSRP (19/23/27) 385 hp @ 6100 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Premium
9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review


The first thing we notice about the new C63 AMG is how similar it’s grill looks to the old S63 twin-blade grill. It’s rather refreshing to see the double louver grill finished in magno iridium silver housed on the C43 AMG. There are new unique aero pieces below the grill in front of air curtains which help with the downforce and aerodynamics. The air curtains in the front are finished in satin chrome which adds to the design. Overall the C43 AMG looks more differentiated and bold compared to the previous models.

The design updates aren’t limited to the front. The C43 houses a new Rear diffuser which gives the car a fresh feel. There are new quad round oval exhaust pipes with a stainless steel finish which is better than the old square slated exhausts. The round exhaust is similar to the oval exhaust pipes on the previous S63. The rear diffuser looks like the ones that you get in the C63 AMG. These little details refine the premium design that was previously lacking in the C43 AMG.

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

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Features

Mercedes rolls this beauty out with a single trim option which is feasible. There is a long list of options that come along with it that you might have to pay extra for.

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

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG coupe is out and better than ever. The engine has been refined and the update generates 24 more horsepower. The design language is similar to the old-school AMG which gives it an AMG vibe that was missing in the older models. The C43 provides the luxury and performance of the AMG spec at a decent price.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Engine and Performance

As you would know by now that the C43 AMG is the entry-level AMG offering from the brand. This means that the C43 AMG doesn’t get the handcrafted AMG engines that are standard on other AMG cars. What it does get though is a 3.0L AMG-enhanced Bi-turbo V6 which is very powerful indeed. It can easily compete with the previous generation of C63 AMG that were sold in the market a few generations ago.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe produces 385 Horsepower

The transmission is the new 9-speed automatic which is very agile. On manual shifting, though you would have to be quick to shift up on time. If you over-rev before shift the car holds on to the revs and makes the shifting slightly jerky which would ruin the fun of it. Mercedes has given the C43 AMG all the AMG specific drive modes. The Sport and Sports+ mode kick in the power and make the vehicle suspensions stiffer.

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

The Mustang here owing to its huge engines generates the highest power and comes with a manual transmission. This makes the Mustang a real enthusiast car thanks to the manual transmission. The paddle shifters on the Mercedes are very responsive and fun to drive. So once again it’s a matter of what suits your needs.

How Fast is it?

The Mercedes is quicker than it was before because of the re-tuned engine. The C43 AMG is capable enough to push you back in its seat when you hit the gas pedal. The Sports+ mode with the launch control sounds thrilling. The C43 gives one of the best performance in its segment.

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

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

N/A

N/A

13.3 sec

N/A

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 is the quickest off the line. The M TwinPower engine is torque-rich and generates more horsepower. The Mustang Bullitt coupe generates more power than the M2 but slacks to make up to the time that the BMW delivers.

How Responsive are the Brakes?

The AMG spec C43 gets the AMG performance brakes. The big disc brakes aid in braking power of the Merc and are capable enough to control the powerful beast. It is a well-defined fact that the C43 AMG is not your everyday C-Class but rather a definite AMG performer.

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

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 Mustang here has the best braking power amongst all the competition. The Merc takes a little longer to come to a halt but isn’t a shabby performer. Infiniti needs to improve the brakes offered on the Q60 Red Sport 400.

How Is The Ride & Handling?

The Mercedes delivers on the ride factor here. The C43 handles very well and is easy to control. The 4-Matic setup on the car is rear-wheel biased giving 69% power to the rear wheels and about 31% to the front. These ratios change over the drive modes and the necessity of power required on the front. Which the C43 AMG does well.

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

Overall it’s comfortable to ride in comfort mode as the suspensions are softer and manage bumps well. The sports and sports+ mode make the suspensions stiffer and you might feel the bumps along the way. The steering moves very smooth giving you a very balanced feel. It does get stiffer on higher speeds which again adds to the reliability you get while driving the C43 AMG.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Fuel Economy

Mercedes is offering the C43 AMG as an entry-level AMG segment vehicle. It gets a smaller engine when compared to all the other offerings on the AMG line up. Which basically gives it lesser power but fares better on the fuel efficiency front. The AMG returns a good range on a full tank considering the kind of performance you get.

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

The Mercedes and the Infiniti offer an almost similar figure in terms of fuel efficiency. But, considering the fact that the Infiniti has a bigger fuel tank you get a better range. The Mustang shows the lowest figures in terms of fuel efficiency due to its powerful V8 engine.

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Interior

Stepping in the C43 AMG you are bound to notice the changes that have been made. The driver zone has been completely revamped. The dash console comes with a dual-screen now and the infotainment system has been upgraded to a 10” infotainment module. The center console gives you a reminiscent feel of the CLS or E-Class models which add to the premium feel of the interiors. A new startup button with pulsing led has been installed which looks fascinating.

The center console also houses the Arm-rest. The armrest opens up vertically and has some space to hold a few items like mobile phones, keys, wallets. It also houses a 2.1AMP USB plug. There are a couple of cup holders below the manifold towards the bottom of the center console which houses the wireless charging pad as well. Over on the roof, there's a driver and passenger-oriented moonroof.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Front Seats

The steering wheel has also been updated to an AMG Flat bottom Steering Wheel, with touch control. The tilt telescopic steering column is adjustable to suit the driving position of the driver. In the front, you get the racing bucket seats which are quite comfortable. The supports on the seat get you tucked in easily and give excellent comfort. The seats are 14-way adjustable with memory function which is on the passenger side as well. The driver gets a 4 -way lumbar support.

The interior is lit up with the ambient illuminated LEDs. The interior is refreshed and gives the C43 AMG a vibe that you won’t get on the previous models. The upper part of the dash gets stitched sections. The rear seats are bolstered in and very accommodating. It may seem a little cramped over a long stretched journey.

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 is better in terms of creature comfort. It has a considerably larger room for the passenger due to which it would fare better on longer journeys. But then the Mercedes isn’t quite cramped either it is fairly spacious. The Merc offers better seating and comfort when compared to the Infiniti and the Ford.

What creature comfort does it offer?

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

How good is the Infotainment setup?

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Dashboard

In spite of having updated infotainment to the 10.25” high-resolution display, which is far better than the older generation. There is still a noticeable feature that is missing. The infotainment console is not a touch screen. It has the Mercedes Comand operating system. You read that right, the infotainment system is controlled through the scroll wheel, the touchpad or the right control pad on the steering wheel. One would certainly expect a touchscreen console in a premium vehicle like the Merc. But nonetheless, it’s a decent infotainment system that offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.

What are the noticeable infotainment features?

  • Analog gauges with high-resolution multifunction display
  • 25-inch high-resolution center 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

What about the Cargo carrying capacity?

The Merc offers a good cargo space that can store up to 3 trolley suitcases in. The cargo space is decent considering the body type and the interior space which is on offer. The cargo space could have been better but the one on offer is well to do. It might seem smaller when compared to its saloon sibling.

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

The BMW and Ford offer better cargo storage spaces. But then again there is ample space in the Mercedes as well. It’s decent enough and can accommodate your everyday luggage and groceries well.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Exterior

We have talked enough about how the C43 AMG has been redesigned to fit the AMG spec. The car looks great with all new AMG twin-blade grill and is just a little shy of the body width. But then again let us not forget it is an entry-level AMG. With the new design language, it is easy to differentiate the C43 AMG for what it is. The air vents and curtains add the extra sauce to the mean design of the C43.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe 3 Quarter View

On the rear, the spoiler gives the Merc little design points. It's sleek and suits the overall design that the C43 tries to carry. The taillights are refreshed and run LEDs. The rear diffuser looks really good. The diffuser is blacked out and houses the quad circle exhausts. The exhausts have stainless steel tips that compliment the rear of the C43 exceptionally well. The C43 looks like a mini-me version of the older C63 that Merc had on offer.

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

N/A

The Merc stands the heaviest out of the lot but you wouldn’t feel that weight while driving it. Depending on what kind of body style you prefer the competitions do give the C43 AMG a good run for its money.

What are the design highlights on the outside?

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
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Safety

The AMG C43 has not been rated by the NHTSA or the IIHS yet. But knowing what Mercedes has been offering in terms of safety, best believe the C43 AMG is at par with other offerings. This is further believable due to the hybrid aluminum and stainless steel chassis. The use of aluminum helps the body shell of the C-Class Coupe strengthen its overall rigidity, occupant protection all the while reducing weight. The front fenders, hood, doors and trunk lid are made of high-strength, ultrahigh-strength steel, and aluminum.

What are the on-board Safety Features?

Mercedes ensures the highest safety parameters for all the vehicles that are rolled 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

Mercedes and BMW have personified the term rivalry. The C43 AMG & M2 are both entry-level performers from respective brands. Here it is not a shock to see that the BMW has the Mercedes beat in terms of performance. But luxury is something that Mercedes gets done better. In the end, it's a pick of where your preference lies.

2020 BMW M2
2020 BMW M2 Competition

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

The Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe has a lot of improvement points on the performance front. The design of the Mercedes drowns the Infiniti in a crowd. The C43 AMG would be the better option when compared to the Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

2020 Infiniti Q60
2020 INFINITI Q60 Red Sport

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe VS Ford Mustang Bullitt Coupe

The Mustang is an all-out American Muscle that has been made for the regular guy. Apart from the big V8, there isn't much that the Mustang offers. The Mercedes performs better, returns a better fuel economy but costs almost 10 Grands more. So here the choice depends on how much you would want to spend on your vehicle.

2020 MuSTANG bullitt
2020 Mustang Bullitt

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupe Final Verdict

The Mercedes AMG C43 Coupe is one of the best performers in the price bracket that it’s offered in. The AMG spec engine and the refreshed interior and exterior give it the appearance of a proper AMG. The C43 seems a little stiff while driving but the handling is improved and very responsive. The AMG C43 is a good buy considering all the features and performance it offers.