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?...
The RS4 does plenty of things very well indeed. It’s classy inside, has a super infotainment system and, when equipped with optional Dynamic Ride Control at least, rides surprisingly smoothly.
The trouble is, all of these things are virtues of the regular A4 Avant and none of them marks out a good performance car – which is what the RS4 is supposed to be. Yes, it’s fast off the line, but its engine doesn’t feel or sound all that exciting and its handling is neither rewarding nor especially competent.
Meanwhile, the C63 manages to wrap up accessible performance, trustworthy stability and foolproof traction in a thoroughly entertaining package. The fact it’s so family-friendly only sweetens the deal.
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For Far more involving handling; sportier-feeling interior; stronger performance
Against Choppy ride; less usable boot space; so-so infotainment system
Rated 4 out of 5
2nd – Audi RS4 Avant
For Quicker off the line; better-quality interior; slicker infotainment; comfy ride
Against Uninformative handling; slower mid-range acceleration; less rear space
Rated 2 out of 5
Specifications: Audi RS4 Avant
Engine V6, 2894cc, twin-turbo, petrol
List price £62,175
Target Price £61,625
Power 444bhp @ 5700rpm
Torque 443lb ft @ 1900rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
Top speed 174mph
Gov't fuel economy 32.1mpg
CO2 emissions 199g/km
Specifications: Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate
Engine size V8, 3982cc, twin-turbo, petrol
List price £70,325
Target Price £65,707
Power 503bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 516lb ft @ 1750rpm
Gearbox 7-spd automatic
Top speed 180mph
Gov't fuel economy 33.6mpg
CO2 emissions 196g/km