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2016 (66) Mercedes-Benz C-Class C43 4Matic Premium 5dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active park assist with parktronic systemAnalogue clock
Attention assistBluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Collision prevention assistDYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Garmin Map Pilot navigation system with SD card, touchpad and voice controlMulti function trip computer
Outside temperature gaugePower opening/closing tailgate
Remote boot releaseService indicator (ASSYST PLUS)
Speed sensitive steering 

Entertainment

DAB Digital radioFrontbass loudspeakers
Mercedes Audio 20 radio/single CD + telephone keypadUSB connection

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lightsAMG body styling
Black door mirrorsBody coloured bumpers
Chrome pins diamond radiator grille with integrated starsElectric front sliding and fixed rear panoramic glass sunroof
Electric windows one touch open/closeElectrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Green tinted glassHeated windscreen washers
LED daytime running lightsLED tail lights
Rain sensor windscreen wipersRear wiper

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console2 cupholders in front centre console
2 way rear head restraints3 spoke flat bottomed nappa leather sport steering wheel
4 way adjustable front head restraints40:20:40 split folding rear seats
Advanced multicolour ambient light and LED interior lightAluminium door trim
AMG floor mats with red stitchingAuto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Dual zone automatic climate controlFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Gearshift paddlesHeated front seats
Illuminated gloveboxLoad compartment cover
Multifunction steering wheelRear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studsSunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Packs

Lighting pack - C classMemory pack - C Class
Mirror pack - C ClassSeat comfort pack - C Class
Stowage pack - C Class 

Safety

3 rear 3 point seatbeltsABS with Brake Assist
Active bonnetAdaptive brake system
Child proof door locksDrivers knee airbag
Dual stage Driver/Passenger AirbagsElectronic parking brake
ESP with ASRFront passenger seat occupancy sensor
Front side airbagsHill start assist
Pre-Safe anticipatory safety systemRed seat belts
Tyre pressure monitoring systemWarning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags 

Security

Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliserChrome surround electric key
Keyless entry and keyless startRemote central locking

Technical

AMG Ride Control sports suspension 

Trim

Artico upholstered dashboard with contrast stitching
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.145CO2 (g/km)185
HC0.038Noise Level dB(A)74
NOx0.015Particles0.0001
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2996Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutV6Cylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)88Cylinders - Stroke (mm)82.1
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryTWIN TURBO
Gears9 SPEEDNumber of Valves24
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)34.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)43.5EC Urban (mpg)26.2

General

Badge Engine CC3.0Badge Power367
Coin SeriesAMG PremiumGeneration Mark4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0743EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage12500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)4.7Engine Power - BHP367
Engine Power - KW270Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT221
Engine Torque - MKG31Engine Torque - NM520
Engine Torque - RPM2000Top Speed155

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear245/40 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 SPOKEWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height (including roof rails)1457Length4702
Wheelbase2840Width1810
Width (including mirrors)2020 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)66Gross Vehicle Weight2320
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1510Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)490
Max. Loading Weight585Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1735No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb12.1
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG C

The C 43 is a more sensible sort of Mercedes-AMG C-Class - but it's still pretty quick and capable. Jonathan Crouch checks out the revised version.

Ten Second Review

For those who like the idea of a fire-breathing V8-powered Mercedes-AMG C 63 but need a version of that car that's less expensive to buy and to run and features four driven wheels, the Stuttgart brand offers this, the V6-powered Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC. Like its quicker stablemate, this model comes with a choice of saloon, estate, coupe or cabriolet bodystyles and has now been improved, with an uprated 390hp output.

Background

'All or nothing' was always the Mercedes motto and it's tended to apply when the brand turns its hand to performance versions of its most popular models. Take the C-Class. Until quite recently, there was very little between mainstream versions of that car and its top super-fast V8-powered C 63 AMG derivative. Rivals don't work like that. Audi, for example, eases the gap between mainstream A4 models and an RS4 with its S4 model. In the same way, BMW provides an 'M Sport'-trimmed 340i as a stepping stone to its M3 and M4 models. In 2015, Mercedes realised that it needed to plug that gap too - and did so with the original version of this Mercedes-AMG C 43. To start with, this car put out 367hp from its 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, but this unit was uprated to 390hp as part of a package of changes made for the 2018 model year that have created the C 43 range we're going to look at here. As before, the car gets the 4MATIC 4WD system that you can't have (in our market anyway) on the V8 C 63.

Driving Experience

Don't be fooled by the C 43's name. Traditionally, AMG-powered cars are named after the size of the engines that sit under the bonnet. However, this Mercedes-AMG C 43 gets a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine which now develops 390bhp (23hp more than before) and a lusty 520Nm of torque. That all means that it will rocket you from zero to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds in saloon or Coupe guise, while the Cabriolet does the same in 4.8s and the estate registers 4.9s. All derivatives will push on to a limited top-speed of 155mph. That's performance quite justifying the positioning of this variant as the next step down in the C-Class hierarchy from the potent V8-powered C 63. In fact, in some ways a C 43 is more desirable that a C 63 for unlike its V8-powered rear-driven stablemate, it comes with 4WD as standard to better get torque to the tarmac. The 4MATIC set-up used still retains a rear-wheel drive bias, with 69% of the power being sent to the back and 31% to the front. You get a smoother auto gearbox than you would in a C 63 too - and the 9G-TRONIC PLUS unit offers more ratios and can allow you to perform multiple downshifts for quicker, short bursts of power. The C 43 package includes sports suspension with adaptive damping variable across up to five modes.

Design and Build

Whether your preference is for saloon, estate, Coupe or Cabriolet bodystyle, you'll find that the exterior of this revised C 43 gets a range of small but subtle changes over the original model. The AMG radiator grille has been subtly restyled and there are smarter, aerodynamically optimised AMG light-alloy wheels. At the back, there's a sleeker rear apron with a restyled lower diffuser and twin chromed tailpipes. Inside, sporty materials such as leather, DINAMICA microfibre and aluminium in a high-quality finish characterise the cabin. The optional AMG Performance seats provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters. Matching the seat design, the door centre panels and dashboard are finished in ARTICO man-made leather with red topstitching. Aluminium sports pedals with black studs, trim elements in black piano lacquer with light longitudinal-grain aluminium, the black roof liner and the red seat belts create further sporty highlights. There's a completely redesigned AMG steering wheel. And, like other models in the revised C-Class range, there's the option of a fully-digitalised instrument cluster. Both the saloon and estate offer five-seat practicality, while the Coupe and Cabriolet versions only get four seats. Naturally, the estate offers the most load space, with the boot providing 490-litres of storage capacity, compared to 480-litres and 400-litres respectively for the saloon and coupe. However, all the trunks are big enough to take a couple of large suitcases or two golf bags. Lower the rear seats in the estate and the load area more than triples to 1510-litres, which is on par with rivals from BMW and Audi.

Market and Model

Prices range in the £50,000 to £55,000 bracket, depending on your choice between the four bodystyles and the final spec. We'd want to allow some extra budget for the optional AMG Performance seats and the optional, fully digital instrument cluster. On the Cabriolet variant, these come with AIRSCARF neck-level heating. Buyers get a comprehensive choice of individualisation options. With regard to trim, the range includes cabin finishing in black open-pore ash wood/light longitudinal-grain aluminium, longitudinal-grain aluminium for the doors, black open-pore ash wood for the centre console and further options that give you inlays in high-gloss dark-brown lime, anthracite open-pore oak wood and open-pore walnut as well as AMG trim in light longitudinal-grain carbon fibre/aluminium and matt silver fibreglass/light longitudinal-grain aluminium. Standard equipment includes the usual executive items - things like climate control, sat nav, a DAB radio, a reversing camera, cruise control and automatic wipers. Go for the optional 'COMAND' infotainment system and you can also specift a data logger for track day use - Mercedes calls it 'AMG TRACK PACE'. If this function is enabled, over 80 vehicle-specific sets of data (e.g. speed, acceleration) are recorded ten times per second. On top of this there are displays of lap and sector times and also the respective difference for a reference time. Because specific display elements are shown in green or red, the driver is able to see at a glance without reading numbers whether he/she is currently faster or slower than the best time.

Cost of Ownership

For a car that produces such potent acceleration, the C 43 still manages to return respectable economy figures - at least in comparison to the C 63 anyway. Thanks to the downsized smaller turbo engine, you're looking at a combined cycle economy figure that'll be either just above or just below 30mpg, depending on the bodystyle you choose. Emissions vary between 217 and 233g/km of CO2. In such a performance-focused model, insurance is never going to be cheap, so expect an rating group of around 45. The C 43 will benefit from Mercedes' famous rock-solid residuals, and is expected to retain around 47% of its value after three years. As with every other Mercedes, the C 43 gets a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, with up to 30 years cover for corrosion. You also get Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance, with up to 30 years pan-European breakdown assistance.

Summary

If you've decided that you really want a Mercedes-AMG C-Class but the fire-breathing C 63 is just too aggressive and expensive, then the C 43 offers an excellent compromise while saving you around £15,000. It gives you the 4WD system you'd have to do without on the C 63 or on a comparable BMW 340i. And the sense of exclusive style and occasion that's missing from a rival Audi S4. There's a wider range of bodystyles than you'd get with those cars too - but also a higher range of prices too. If that doesn't put you off, then there's much to like here.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
60%
Build
80%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
50%

This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£515.30
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£27,498
Credit amount£27,249
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£9473
Total amount payable£33,942.10
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge5.88p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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