2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

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$68,100
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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 16, 2020
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Rishabh Mehra

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The Mercedes Benz AMG C63 is an absolute beast of a car. Its mean, aggressive and a hoot to drive out on a road. Slap on some semi-slicks and this car would go around a racetrack quicker than most sports cars. It’s a fire breathing monster ready to pounce at the slightest of the throttle inputs and would surely add some spice to your everyday commute.

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Pros

Superior driving dynamics

Powerful twin-turbo V8

AMG 9 -step Traction Control

Comfortable interior

Intuitive infotainment

Cons

Harsh ride

Low on cargo volume

Pricey optional packages

What's New?

Panamericana grille

New 9-speed transmission

AMG Dynamics software

AMG Traction Control

New paint job


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68100

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

243 cu.in.

horsepower

469 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

479 lbs.-ft. @ 1750 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

60.9 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

56.1 in.

curb weight

3874 lbs.

ground clearance

3.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

921 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/27/21 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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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 in Polar White color
Polar White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

8.6

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Base

Base

power
469 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$68,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $68,100 MSRP (18/21/27) 469 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4 L, V-8, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
9-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The compact performance luxury sedan segment is one of the most happening segment and C63 has always been a big fat German muscle car. The concept of plonking hilariously big and brutal engines upfront in a small-ish chassis of a normal “family sedan” has always resulted in some crazy mean machines and Mercedes has done exactly that for the 2020 model year.

Powering this beast is one of the best performance engines ever rolled out of an assembly line. The beautifully handcrafted 4.0L bi-turbo V8 engine powers the rear wheels through a new nine-speed speedshift gearbox which delivers some lightning-quick shifts and propels the souped-up sedan from 0-60 in just 3.8 seconds.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.6/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Features

8.0/10

Being a luxury compact sedan, the feature list is immense and has all the creature comforts one might expect and then some more. For the new model though, Mercedes has made some additions to the C63 mechanically too. Now both the S and non-S variants get an electronic limited-slip differential. Inspired by the AMG GTR, the C63 S gets a new nine-stage traction control which lets the driver take precise control of the car while driving hard.

Unlike its big brother, the E 63 AMG, which gets a trick AWD system, the C63 is only rear-wheel drive. An always on drift mode, one might say.

Model

C63 AMG

C63 S AMG

MSRP (RWD)

$68,100

$75,700

MSRP (AWD) - $76,450

Key Features

Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine

adds/upgrades over the base C63

 

12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

Nappa Leather Upholstery

 

10.25-inch high-resolution centre display

Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats

 

Electronic LSD

Mercedes me connect Tracker System

 

18” 10 spoke rims

Track pace

 

Performance Tires

9 - stage traction control

 

Lip Spoiler

Dynamic engine mounts

 

Audio Theft Deterrent

19” rims

 

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Carbon-ceramic brakes

 

Burmester Surround Sound System

 

 

Power Heated Front Seats w/Memory

 

 

10-Way Driver and passenger seat

 

What do we recommend?

The base C63 starts from $68,100 but the price can grow quickly as one gets hands-on with spec-sheet. A host of equipment comes standard on the base C63 but for $1800 extra will get you full safety pack which includes adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist etc. That being said, the C63 S just might be a better buy as for starters, it gets more power, 503 HP to be exact, the new nine-stage traction control, active engine mounts and most of the kit offered as standard on the S variant is optional on the non-S variant. So, the C63 S would be our pick of the duo.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The 2020 Mercedes AMG C63 range is powered by a hand-built 4.0L Bi-turbo V8 engine which is rated at 469 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque in the non-S avatar and 503 HP in the S version. The M178 engine has a very unique design. It has a “hot-inside V” configuration which makes such a big engine a very compact affair. As a result, the engine can be pushed behind the axle for exceptional weight distribution. As the turbos are placed inside the engine valley, the exhaust ports are smaller in length and thus the turbos take less time to spool, which makes the power delivery almost instant and turbo lag virtually non-existent.

The engine is plenty powerful, even in the non-S disguise. There’s immense pulling power across the rev range. Peak torque kicks in from as low as 1900rpm and goes all the way up to 5750rpm which makes this engine quite tractable and super-lively. As soon as the gas pedal is mashed into the metal, the C63 lunges ahead with a sense of urgency and keeps pulling like a train until it reaches its electronically limited top speed of 155mph. In the S version, this limiter is bumped up to 187 mph.

What’s the Transmission like?

Mercedes Benz chose to upgrade the transmission on the C63. Out goes the old 7-speed automatic, in comes the 9-speed unit also shared with the E63 AMG. This transmission feels miles ahead from the one it replaces. The shifts are precise and brisk and happen seamlessly in the background when pottering around the town at a relaxed pace. When pushed hard, the kick down happens almost instantly followed by what feels like an endless surge of power.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Has a 4.0L Bi-turbo V8 Engine

Models

Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

Audi RS5

MSRP

$75,700

$67,495

$74,445

$75,195

Engine

4.0L Bi-turbo V8

3.0L Twin-turbocharged Inline-6

2.9L twin-turbocharged V6

2.9L twin-turbocharged V6

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD AWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

7-sped DCT

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

503@5,500

425@5,500

505@6,500

444@5,700

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

516@1,900

406@1,850

443@2,500

443@1,900

The Mercedes is the only sedan in this comparison which comes with a big V8 engine under the hood. In terms of outright power, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV is right up there with the Mercedes but the Mercedes has more pulling power. The BMW, on paper, has the least amount of power.

How fast is the Mercedes Benz AMG C63?

The Mercedes Benz AMG C63 comes with launch control which is fairly easy to use. Engage Race mode, traction control switched all the way off, gearbox in its most aggressive setting, press launch, left foot on the brake, right foot on the throttle. The revs settle at about 3000rpm and the car gets ready to pounce ahead like a Maddog on a leash ready to devour its prey. Foot off the brake and the car launches without much drama. The C63, being a rear-wheel-drive beast, lights up the rear wheels, just slightly though. 0-60 mph sprint is done and dusted in about 3.8 seconds and the quarter-mile distance is completed in 12 seconds dead.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan 0-60 MPH In just 3.8 sec

Models

Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

Audi RS5

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.8

4.7

3.9

3.7

Quarter Mile (sec)

12

12.7

12.1

12.3

Top Speed (MPH) 180 155 191 174

Engine

4.0L Bi-turbo V8

3.0L Twin-turbocharged Inline-6

2.9L twin-turbocharged V6

2.9L twin-turbocharged V6

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emission@15kmiles/yr)

N/A

N/A

8.9*

8.8*

*using 2019 figure

Audi RS5 is the heaviest car of the lot but still is the quickest off the line thanks to the Quattro AWD system. The Giulia and the C63, although RWD saloons are not far behind the Audi. The BMW is the slowest as it has the least amount of poke under the hood.

What’s the handling like of the Mercedes Benz AMG C63?

The new C63 is a perfect blend of a wonderful chassis, a magnificent engine and a lightning-fast gearbox. For the new model year, engineers at Mercedes Benz have tried to bridge the gap between the base variant and the S version. A set of new chassis dynamic controls have made their way to this beast which makes the car even more responsive and a better handler.

There are modes like slippery, comfort, sport and sport+ which alter the throttle mapping as well as the steering weight. Adaptive suspension is standard for both the models and they do make a world of a difference, especially when you hop from comfort to sport+. Race mode is exclusive for the C63 S model.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Rear View

The ride, in general, is quite stiff and jarring on rough roads. But putting in comfort mode brings out the dual personality trait of the C63. Even though it rides on 19” forged wheels as standard, it handles occasional potholes with a sense of ease at low speeds. Sport+ and Race mode on the S ramps up the performance quotient of the super saloon. The suspension becomes stiff, the gearbox goes into its most aggressive settings and it also alters the exhaust note too.

AMG Dynamics is a clever system which makes use of steering input and speed through a corner and the yaw sensors provide the essential telemetry to the ECU which uses torque vectoring system to shift the power between the powered wheels depending on the grip to assist the driver. There are 4 different modes ranging from basic all the way up to AMG master mode, which as the name suggest, is for someone who knows what they are doing.

What about the braking performance?

With a massive V8 engine which just wants to be revved hard, it’s quite reassuring to have exceptional stopping power. The Mercedes Benz C63 is armed with Carbon Ceramic anchors which can power through and last a rigorous track day too. Braking is stupendous and inspires a lot of confidence.

Model

Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

Audi RS5

Brake Rotors Front (in)

15.4

15

14.2

14.8

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

14.2

14.6

13.8

13

Curb Weight (lbs)

3829

3540

3806

4057

60-0 MPH (ft)

106

99

102*

105

BMW M3 might be short on power but it clearly has a weight advantage. It’s almost 300 pounds lighter than the Merc. It wins the stopping distance comparison by a huge margin, coming to a halt in under 100 ft, closely followed by the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Audi weighing almost 2 tonnes performs better than the C63.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Fuel Economy

7.5/10

With a massive 4.0L V8 under the hood, not much is expected in the fuel economy department. That being said, at least on paper, the Mercedes M178 motor performs really well and it shows that Mercedes has taken fuel efficiency lessons from their Formula-1 team.

Model

Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

Audi RS5

MPG (City)

18

16

17

17

MPG (Highway)

27

22

24

26

MPG (Combined)

21

19

20

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.4

15.9

15.3

15.3

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 313/470/365 270/397/302 260/383/306 260/397/306

The new C63 looks promising according to the official fuel economy testing figures. Somehow it manages to perform better than all of its competitors even though it has got the biggest engine under the hood. And this superior fuel economy figure is combined with the largest fuel tank capacity in its segment which makes it an outstanding grand tourer.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Interior

7.5/10

Interior of the new C63 is shared with other C class sedans, which is not a bad thing at all. The interiors are heavily inspired by the big daddy, the S-class. The quality of plastics used on the inside is top-notch. All the touchpoints have a soft feel to them or are covered in leatherette which bumps up the premium feel of the cabin.

One can totally configure their C63 according to their own taste. There’s an option of having Carbon fibre inlays all around the cabin. Wood and brushed aluminium panels are on offer too.

Mercedes offers sports seats in the new C63. These seats now get the ventilation function. The seats although look really sporty, but are super comfortable and long distances should not result in pain in the lower back. Seats are obviously powered adjustable and now get a function of adjustable bolstering which can be quite a handful when out on the track attacking corners.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Rear Seats

Moving to the rear, the seats feel plush and offer a decent amount of legroom. The seat base is nice and wide. With that said, its only good for carrying two passengers comfortably as there is a massive central tunnel which eats into the legroom of the middle passenger. Headroom is quite limited too because of the b-pillars swooping in making the cabin a bit narrow for headroom and shoulder room.

Model

Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

Audi RS5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

37.1/55.3/41.7

40.3/55.1/42

38.6/56.1/42.4

39.4/55.7/41.3

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

37.1/55.5/35.2

37.7/55.1/35.1

37.6/53.6/35.1

37/35.1/54.5

BMW M3 is the most accommodating sedan in this segment. Followed closely by the Alfa Romeo Giulia and the Mercedes Benz C63. As the Audi RS5 is a Sportback, it has a sloping roofline which makes the cabin not as easy to live with as compared to its competitors.

What are the infotainment features on offer?

In the middle of the dashboard sits a 10.3-inch infotainment screen. It now gets a touchscreen functionality for easy access. The system is fluid and very easy to use. The display is crisp and nice to look at and there’s no lag whatsoever. The system comes standard with Apple Carplay and Android Auto which makes it easy to connect your smartphone to the car.

2020 Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG Has a 10.3-inch infotainment Screen

There are some new additions to this system. One such addition is a feature called Track pace. It’s focused more towards people who would take their C63 AMG to the track. The system comes pre-installed with famous racetracks which when coupled with the HUD, projects upcoming corners and braking points.

 The system works beautifully and it also gets GPS functionality so that it learns new and unknown racetracks. In addition to this, the system uses a camera placed on the top of the windscreen which can record laps and also can time them.

Infotainment Features

  • 3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • COMAND system
  • Track pace
  • In-car Wifi
  • SiriusXM 6 month all-access trial
  • Burmester Surround sound system
  • AMG heads up display

How big is the cargo space in the C63 AMG?

The cargo space on the C63 is exactly the same as the normal C-class sedans, that means the boot space is not the biggest at 12.5 cu. In. On top of that, the opening is rather awkward and the load lip is high.

Model

Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

Audi RS5

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

12.6

12

13

21.8

Audi hits the ball out of the stadium with the amount of cargo space it offers. The boot is huge and it has a hatchback which makes it easily accessible. On paper, M3 has the smallest boot but in reality, it’s more practical than the Merc because of its square-ish shape which can take up more luggage than the Giulia as well as the C63.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Interior

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2020 model of the C63 makes way for the Panamericana grille inspired by the mean-looking AMG GTR. Other than that there are no such revisions on the outside but it still manages to look striking. Its the perfect amalgamation of sportiness with pure elegance.

At the front, the grille is supported by huge air dams so that the engines breath freely and it’s better for the cooling too.

2020 Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG Three Quarter View

Compared to the normal C-class, the C63 is noticeably wider. It sports wide wheel arches which house big 19” inch 245 sections in the front and 265 section tyres at the rear for enhanced mechanical grip. On the side, there are twin shade multispoke alloy wheels which were designed in the wind tunnel to reduce the turbulence of air through the sides making the C63 more aerodynamically efficient.

At the rear, there are LED tail lamps with crystal inlays. The rear looks rather sporty with a nice squat stance flanked by a much more deeper diffuser coupled with quad AMG chrome exhaust tips.

Model

Mercedes Benz C63 S AMG

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

Audi RS5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3829

3540

3806

4057

Length (in)

187.2

184.5

182.5

188.3

Width (in)

72.4

73.9

73.7

79.9

Height (in)

56.1

56.1

56.1

54.6

Ground Clearence (in) N/A N/A N/A N/A

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

110.7

111

111.2

Audi is the longest, the widest and the lowest of the lot. This extra width does give the RS5 an edge over its competitors when it comes to mechanical grip available while cornering. Even though Giulia is the smallest of the pack in terms of length, its wheelbase is longer than the Beemer and this is the reason why it’s so stable at high speeds and feels particularly planted around the curves too.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Sedan Exterior

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Safety

7.0/10

“With great power comes great responsibility”. This thought seems to be the theme of the new C63 super saloon. It gets a heavy net of safety and drivers assistance features which ensure that you don’t end up in the trees.

Some of the notable features are:

  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Mbrace Secure Emergency Sos
  • Active Brake Assist Forward Collision
  • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Competition

Mercedes Benz C63 sedan vs BMW M3

M3 has always been the king of the segment and still remains to be a proper animal out on the track. It’s a proper driving machine and at the same time, it’s practical and comfortable too. It has got its pros like telepathic handling, superb dynamics, the amazing i-drive system and fast dual-clutch transmission. The engine is a bit laggy and feels a generation old when compared to the ever so responsive 4.0L V8 in the Mercedes. That being said, a new M3 is in the making. Till then C63 takes the charge in this battle.

2020 BMW M3 Sedan

Mercedes Benz C63 vs Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a total revelation and has put Alfa Romeo back on the map. Its got that Alfa Romeo character to it which makes it truly special. Be it the Ferrari sourced 2.9L V6 engine which sounds absolutely insane or the way the chassis begs to be thrown around, it all adds up to make the Giulia an irresistible package. It has its niggles too. The build quality is horrible according to the price point, the infotainment system is crappy and it’s not the most practical sedan. The Mercedes trumps the Giulia in almost every regards. Its got better interiors, a bigger engine, more torque, and for the same price it offers way more kit. At the end of the day, it’s your heart vs head in this comparison.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

Mercedes Benz C63 vs Audi RS5 Sportback

Audi RS5 is an amazing car. It has every ingredient to make it spicy and a worthy buy. Its got AWD, chassis dynamic setups, great gearbox, a humongous cargo and the looks to die for. But when compared to the C63, it feels a bit bland and tamed. The AWD system introduces bucket loads of understeer when pushed hard which can get very annoying and the engine up front lacks character. These factors make the Mercedes Benz AMG C63 a better buy.

2020 Audi RS5 Sportback

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Final Verdict

8.6/10

The AMG C63 might just be the most desirable car on sale right now. It blends the best of both worlds. In such a small package, it’s packing a lot of heat and in some regards, it matches toe to toe with its big brother, the E63 AMG.

It’s a well-rounded package. It contains all the goodness of a normal C-class coupled with arguably one of the best engines of the decade. The fact that it has a V8 engine up front in 2020 when manufacturers are shying away from sticking big porky engines in their cars and taking the downsizing route, might just be the deciding factor for most people. It’s a modern classic and would go down in history as one of the best cars ever.