The new Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate is proven on foreign soil, but how good is it on the UK roads? Big Motoring World reviews its performance.
The C63 backs up its lofty price tag with a dazzling array of on-paper and on-road appeal. Its new 3982cc twin-turbo petrol engine produces more power and torque than any of its closest rivals – 469bhp and 649Nm.
Despite being turbocharged, this new V8 engine is bursting with personality and suffers from virtually no lag whatsoever. The chassis, steering and suspension system all work beautifully on the UK roads.
Speed and practicality
It’s fast, quoting a 0-62mph time of just 4.2 seconds even for the regular estate model. Go for the S saloon and that drops to 4 seconds dead with 0-100mph coming up in less than ten seconds. It has a top speed of 155mph.
This estate model is big on practicality. With 490 litres of space with the seats up, it matches the Audi RS4 Avant. Fold the rear seats down and that expands to 1,510 litres – second to none of its close rivals.
As you’d expect from a new AMG, there are numerous different set-up alternatives that can be selected manually. You can tailor them individually to suit you and the road’s needs. Select any combination you fancy when it comes to the car’s throttle, steering, gear change and ESP system responses.
The gearbox is updated, with sharper downshifts and creamy smooth upshifts. Its cabin is both richly appointed and has an extra whiff of maturity to its predecessor, the racier M3. The moment you climb inside the C63, you know your money is being spent in the right way.
It’s the driving experience that counts most in this sort of car, and in just about every dimension you can think of, the C63 estate doesn’t disappoint. It’s a sensational car to drive that boasts a huge dose of practicality.
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