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Old 03-08-2019, 06:03 AM   #1
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Viewed as a comfortable, versatile family tourer that also happens to be devilishly quick, there’s plenty to like about the revised C43 Estate. However, as the sort of out-and-out driver’s car, the picture it paints isn’t quite as convincing.

Let’s have a look at its strengths first, chief among which has to be the quality of its ride. The manner in which its suspension has been calibrated allows for an impressive amount of both pliancy and control, which translates to a nearly waft-like quality when travelling over undulating country roads at speed. It smooths out compressions with a cushioned confidence before exhibiting tight vertical control over the following crests. Compared with the previous C43 Estate, which we criticised for the unsettled manner in which it deals with these rolling road surfaces, it represents a solid improvement. You'd have little cause for the complaint at the prospect of driving one from London to Edinburgh, such is the civil nature of the ride.

The engine is a bit of a peach, too. It gives the C43 a turn of pace that would be easily capable of landing you in hot water with the constabulary if you’re not careful, while the AMG Performance exhaust fitted to our test car amplifies its aggressively sonorous bark. At crank speeds above 4000rpm, it sounds deliciously ferocious.



The interior, meanwhile, strikes an ideal balance between sporting intent and cultured, sophisticated refinement. The seats are cosseting and plenty supportive, while the brown leather they’re upholstered in (a £795 option) looks particularly smart - to our eyes, anyway.

The technology offering is decent, too; the 10.3in infotainment screen is clear and easy to read, if a little slow on start up, while the 12.3in digital instrument cluster (part of the £4995 Premium Plus package alongside an excellent Burmester sound system) is even more graphically slick.

So, the C43 impresses on the motorway and on faster country A-roads, and for many, its straight-line pace and refined dynamic manners will be enough of a selling point. But those who expect a healthy dollop of dynamic engagement from their AMG will likely be left wanting.

The nine-speed automatic transmission, for instance, can be irritatingly hesitant when manual mode is selected. Full-throttle upshifts have to be executed sooner than anticipated, else you find yourself slamming into the limiter some 250rpm earlier than is seemingly depicted.

And while the C43’s chassis displays useful balance and poise and body roll is tightly controlled through faster bends, the rear-biased nature of the 4Matic four-wheel drive system doesn’t make itself all that apparent. On a damp road, the threshold for overcoming the 225/40-section front tyres’ grip isn't particularly high and the fairly heavy-handed ESC system seems to mute everything before the rear axle can properly come into play, even when in its less restrictive setting.



Should I buy one?
In a similar manner to the C43 Coupé, the C43 Estate doesn’t quite come across as the white-knuckle driver’s car you might expect to emerge - likely in a flurry of tyre smoke - from the headquarters of AMG. Instead, it’s forte is its ability to cover big miles in a comfortable and refined manner, complemented by a sprinkling of potent cross-country performance appeal.

Because of the added practicality that comes with having four doors and a large (460-litre) boot, the Estate feels like the more complete model variant in the C43 line-up and therefore makes the strongest case for itself.

Of course, at £51,200, it isn't particularly cheap; the BMW 340i Touring M Sport is £45,075, for instance – but then again, it is about to be replaced. And until Audi clears the S4 Avant for WLTP, the C43 finds itself at the top of the fast family estate tree almost by default. That's not a bad place to be, really.

Mercedes-AMG C43 Estate 4Matic

Where Surrey, UK On sale Now Price £51,200 Engine V6, 2996cc, twin-turbocharged, petrol Power 385bhp at 6100rpm Torque 384lb ft at 2500-5000rpm Gearbox Nine-speed automatic Kerb weight 1760kg 0-62mph 4.8sec Top speed 155mph (limited) Economy 27.4-28.8mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax 227g/km (WLTP), 34% Rivals BMW 340i Touring, Audi S4 Avant

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Old 03-08-2019, 06:14 AM   #2
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Isn’t that nice? Americans throw big bucks down on non practical exspensive SUV’s when they could be in this. Big boot, Engine pff it’s AMG enough said, interior better then any American SUV. They won’t listen. Guess it’s good because if fat Americans got their heads out of their ass Big 3/4 would collapse thus our economy.
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:55 AM   #3
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Agreed 100% Avanti. This is a beautiful longroof. I've been looking at the Volvo V60, still have yet to take an S60 for a ride, but the reviews (for both S60/V60) are all panning the steering feel, which is kind of important to me. If it doesn't strike me as good, the next in line is the Alfa Giula. If the C43 estate was here? It'd be a no-brainer. Even entertaining a Jag Sportbrake (at discount).

Maybe I'll send an email to MB pleading.

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Old 03-08-2019, 10:28 AM   #4
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That's really handsome, I love the interior treatments as well, it flows together really well. Luxo wagons look so sophisticated compared to the daft appearances of lux CUVs.
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Isn’t that nice? Americans throw big bucks down on non practical exspensive SUV’s when they could be in this. Big boot, Engine pff it’s AMG enough said, interior better then any American SUV. They won’t listen. Guess it’s good because if fat Americans got their heads out of their ass Big 3/4 would collapse thus our economy.
Yes and no. I think most families would not want to have kids trashing the **** out of an expensive luxury car. Big SUV’s people seem to care less about. Also, it’s easier to put a car seat in an suv than bending down and into a wagon / sedan like this.

I’d rock the **** out of this if I had a 10+ year old child though. Throw the hockey bag or whatever in the back and we’re off.
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Old 03-08-2019, 02:28 PM   #6
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I like performance wagons, not luxury performance wagons... also; I only do three-pedals in ICE cars.
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Old 03-08-2019, 02:48 PM   #7
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so we're judging people for their tastes now?
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so we're judging people for their tastes now?
Shhh, us fancy folk are talking. The Honda Accord thread is

<—— that way.

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A: WTF is up with the giant red V on the engine cover, it's hideous.

B: Jesus, make sure your fleet car doesn't have an intercooler with ****ed up fins, or at least clean that **** up for photos. A radiator fin tool is like $5 at Autozone.


Buuuutttttttt Yeah, it needs to be in my driveway. Same color, same interior, I'll have that red **** wrapped with CF or painted body color or something.
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A: WTF is up with the giant red V on the engine cover, it's hideous.

B: Jesus, make sure your fleet car doesn't have an intercooler with ****ed up fins, or at least clean that **** up for photos. A radiator fin tool is like $5 at Autozone.


Buuuutttttttt Yeah, it needs to be in my driveway. Same color, same interior, I'll have that red **** wrapped with CF or painted body color or something.
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Maybe this photo will work better, spread the photo out and you will see the intercooler better,



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Yea, we have the C43 Wagon up here in Canada, but very little people seem to know about it.
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Thanks. This information is really relevant to me. Do you leave the toilet seat up or down after you urinate?
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A: WTF is up with the giant red V on the engine cover, it's hideous.
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Look at it!

No, look closer!

Doesn't it remind you that we race in Formula 1?

Look again!

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Look!

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We all pee sitting down so...
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Yea, we have the C43 Wagon up here in Canada, but very little people seem to know about it.
So the question is now how hard is it to purchase a new car in Canada and import it legally to the US?
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So the question is now how hard is it to purchase a new car in Canada and import it legally to the US?
Even if you can import the car it’s unlikely MB USA would honor the warranty on a Canadian car.
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The question is whether you can legally import it, register it, and insure it. If it were built in the US there may be a loophole to doing it. IMO just get the E wagon. The two are likely so close in price it’s not worth the hassle. It may even be cheaper with incentives because E wagons tend to sit longer. I do like the C wagon though. It’s the perfect dimensions.
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**** me dead that's the every day wagon that every middle aged man needs but doesn't realize it.
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