Mercedes-AMG C63 S review

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Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £76,963What Car? Target Price from£67,835
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Clearly, with a 4.0-litre petrol V8 and two turbochargers, there are cheaper cars to run than tha Mercedes-AMG C63 S. Yet for the performance it offers, it has reasonable emissions and fuel consumption. On our mixed test route, a C63 S saloon returned a respectable 25.5mpg – better than the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV’s figure of 23.7mpg and just fractionally behind the BMW M4’s figure of 26.6mpg.

Compared to the Alfa and Audi RS4 Avant, the C63 S saloon looks a little expensive, but bear in mind that it undercuts the BMW M3 Competition and, like the M3, is the most potent version in its model range; although it is worth noting that the coupé attracts a hefty premium because it’s only available in range-topping Night Edition trim. 

You’ll also need deep pockets to run a C63 as a company car because its hefty CO2 emissions place it in the top 37% band, so benefit-in-kind payments (BIK) will be substantial.

The saving grace is that all equipment levels are generous whichever C63 S you choose. All come with special AMG styling front and rear, 19in alloy wheels, that soft Nappa leather, heated front seats, cruise control and all the other aforementioned niceties. The convertible also gets an electrically operated wind deflector and a device to blow hot air onto your neck to keep you warm when you’ve got the roof down in cooler weather.

All C63 Ss have automatic emergency braking (AEB) to help in situations where quick thinking is needed. In addition, there’s a tyre pressure monitoring device to alert you early if you have a slow puncture and a system that can detect when you’re getting drowsy on a long journey. Opt for the Driving Assistance (standard on Night Edition trim) package and you also get adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, active lane-keeping assistance and technology to adjust the car’s speed in advance of bends, roundabouts and junctions.

This all helped the standard C-Class score impressive marks in its Euro NCAP safety tests in 2014 ( the C63 S wasn't tested as a separate model). It was awarded the maximum five-star overall rating, although the result was under older, less stringent rules that make it impossible to directly compare it to newer rivals.

Mercedes didn’t do very well in the What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 26th out of 31 manufacturers. The C-Class fared similarly poorly, ending up near the bottom of the executive car class. Audi, BMW and Alfa Romeo all proved more reliable.

An alarm and engine immobiliser are standard on all versions of the C63 S, while security experts Thatcham Research awarded the car five out of five for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into.

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Overview

The Mercedes-AMG C63 S has a broad selection of talents. It has muscle car brutishness, courtesy of that thundering V8, but is so much more than a drag-racing one-trick pony. It steers well and has a delightful chassis balance, plus a comically easy ability to entertain with its sideways abilities. The BMW M3 may have a slight edge in terms of outright speed, but the C63 S is a more involving performance car.

  • Fabulous engine noise
  • Great performance
  • Playful and easy to drive
  • An M3 offers more precise handling
  • The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio exhibits a more pliant ride
  • Road noise on the motorway

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