New Audi RS4 Avant vs Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate

The new Audi RS4 Avant is blisteringly quick, but does it have what it takes to beat Mercedes-AMG’s bad boy, the C63 S Estate?...

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21 Apr 2017 06:00 | Last updated: 21 Sep 2018 16:06

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

​ When choosing a regular estate, outright practicality often takes priority over everything else. But, of course, these are not normal estates, and therefore a good driving position and a luxurious interior are just as important. With that in mind, the RS4 is tough to fault; its diamond-stitched sports seats are both comfortable and supportive, while the highly adjustable fl at-bottomed steering wheel allows you to easily find your ideal driving position.

That said, the C63 feels like the sportier car from behind the wheel. You sit lower in the heavily bolstered AMG sports seats, and the thick-rimmed steering wheel, complete with aluminium gearshift paddles (the RS4’s are plastic), feels fantastic.

New Audi RS4 Avant vs Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate

However, the RS4 claws back some points with its more user-friendly infotainment system, as well as Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit digital instrument dials. The interior also features a plethora of soft plastics, well-damped switches and beautiful chrome accents that feel a cut above the C63’s in outright quality.