I spent a week driving the Mercedes-AMG C43 version of the Estate late last year, and the performance wagon quickly quietened my RS6-affected inner snob. The sound of the C43’s biturbo V6 made the wagon feel like a track-ready racer dressed in city-going clothes. In Sports Mode, at least. The latest all-wheel-drive Estate is part of a slimmed-down version of the previous C-Class offering, and comes with even more tech and safety bells-and-whistles filtered from S- and E-Class models.
My AMG spec included beautiful wood and hand-stitched leather finishes across the dash, steering wheel, centre console and doors. Despite he wheel’s sportier appearance, there wasn’t a lot of feedback from it. There was plenty coming up through the AMG performance bucket seats, however, which, being on the super-supportive side, relayed the bumps and tremors from the road a little too efficiently.
I like that the adaptive-cruise control button is now on the wheel rather than on a stem from the steering column. I wasn’t so fond of the touch-sensitive pads, also on the steering wheel, used to navigate menus, finding them a bit of a distraction.