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?...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
Some of you might be wondering why we decided to compare the new RS4 against the range-topping C63 S, rather than the regular C63. Well, simply put, it’s because more than half of buyers opt for the S version and some huge discounts are available.
For around £8000 more than the standard car, you get an extra 34bhp, an electronic limited-slip differential, larger-diameter brake discs, 19in alloy wheels and those wonderful AMG Performance front seats.
Obviously, this creates a price disparity between the C63 S and RS4 if you’re paying cash; even with a discount included, the C63 S is more expensive. However, most buyers will go down the route of financing, and here the C63 actually undercuts the RS4 by a sizeable margin. And that’s before you consider that the C63 S is also cheaper to insure and less thirsty.