Used test: Audi RS4 Avant vs Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate
Two cracking performance estates, but which one makes the most sense bought at a couple of years old? Read on to find out...
What will they cost?
New, the C63 S was the more expensive on list price by around £8000, costing a tad over £70,000.
A regular - and cheaper - C63 version was and is also available, but more than half of buyers have so far opted for the C63 S because it buys you an extra 34bhp, an electronic limited-slip differential, larger alloy wheels and brakes and the splendid AMG Performance seats. On top of that, some huge discounts were available on the S version at the time, so it was possible to buy one new for a lot less than the stickered price.
Now, though, it’s the cheaper car by over £2000, which looks good on paper but could be indicative of heavier depreciation, despite those initial discounts. If this trend were to continue over the next few years it could be that the C63 S will cost you more to run, once you’ve factored in that depreciation, although it is cheaper to insure and will cost you less in fuel.