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Mercedes-Benz C-class Review

C-class (W204) - (2007) | AMG C 63 (457 Hp) Speedshift


Car Owner Reviewer -
March 21, 2020, 1:17 p.m.
Reviewer's Score

8.6

Practicality and Comfort (9.0)
Performance and Handling (8.5)
Reliability and Running (7.0)
Looks and Style (9.5)
Features and Technology (9.0)
Model Avg. 9.2 Generation Avg. 8.6 Engine Avg. 8.6

The Review

Daily Drives Saloons Mercedes-Benz C-class C-class (W204) - (2007) AMG C 63 (457 Hp) Speedshift

Possibly the finest engine ever made, wrapped in a mean looking saloon


Summary

This was my first introduction to AMG! and what an introduction. I had test driven the SLK55 and 2008 63, but the refinements made to the 2011 face lift made this really fun and engaging car to drive. Even as I write this, I reminisce about turning the key and giggling like a 5 year at the shear volume and anti-social aggressiveness of the exhaust pitch. And the experience didn't stop there. Engaging, engaging engaging, every single time I drove it.

Practicality and Comfort

On the inside, this C63 was a nice place to be. The seats were very comfortable in my view and were adjustable enough to not be a problem. In standard C Class fashion, there was plenty of space to fit 4-5 people with legs and head room. The ride itself was a bit on the firm side sometimes, which was one of the reasons I had to get rid of the car (volume of sound was another). Petrol was another challenge. Not because it was just thirsty, but because the journey from warning light to 0 fuel was like kitchen to living room in a studio apartment. Driven relatively normally, I wouldn't say that its a very very thirsty car, but that's in the context of the 6.2 litre engine powering the car.

Whats it live to live with - Hmmm... This is an interesting question to answer. I loved it and had the car for around 2.5 years. Only sold it because of baby on the way. Prior to that, my only gripe would have been around the handling. Just pulling of the drive at my home needed a very careful tap of the accelerator, or risk getting hit by ongoing traffic.

Performance and Handling

By today's numbers this C63, is now slipping into averag'ish numbers, even at 457 apprx. hp on tap. But, and its a big one. The old C63 was not just about numbers.. It was really an experience to drive and Mercedes really had tapped into their 'humorous child' to pull this one together. From the moment I would get into the car, to the moment I would get out, I would be smiling. Acceleration was strong, brakes were firm, suspension was assured. All the things that make for a great super saloon. In the rain, the C63 loses some points! When pulling away from stand still, wheel spin is expected. But on occasion, accelerating a little too hard in the rain (or dry) would lead to some wheel spin.

Would I recommend it? YES

100% yes. but to the right drivers. It a car that you need to pay some attention when driving. It's naturally aspirated so you don't get the turbo surges of other cars. But as long as you are awake when you drive it, you get all of the practicality of a C Class, but wrapped in a mean yet practical package.

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