Refreshed 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63: All You Need to Know

The C 63 is the powerhouse of the entry-level C-Class lineup, available courtesy of Mercedes’ AMG performance sub-brand.

Updated for 2019, the rear-wheel-drive C 63 gets a sleek exterior and tech features that complement its beefy, handcrafted AMG engine and affirm the C-Class’ status as the German automaker’s best-selling model line.

Available at Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationwide, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63 sports several interior and exterior tweaks for the 2019 model year, including an upgraded AMG-specific steering wheel and a quick-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. With its powerful engine and agile handling, this small luxury car evokes thrilling, race track-inspired performance in sedan, coupe, and convertible form.

Price and Trims

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 is offered in two variants: the C 63 and higher-performance C 63 S. Either version is available as a sedan, coupe, or cabriolet.

Packages for interior upgrades include Nappa leather upholstery, sport performance seats, Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment system with navigation, LED interior lighting, and ventilated front seats. Exterior upgrades include adaptive headlights, a panoramic sunroof, sleek chrome handles, and specialty carbon fiber accents.

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 sedan starts at $67,000, and the C 63 S sedan begins at $74,600. Both models can hover near $100,000 fully loaded. The AMG C 63 S models include standard features that are optional on the C 63 class.

Powertrain

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63 runs on a handcrafted twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. It’s paired with a new nine-speed transmission featuring shorter shift times with a multiple downshift function for increased acceleration. The base model delivers 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The C 63 S variant achieves 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.

The C 63 sedan can accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The C 63 S coupe takes just 3.8 seconds.

Ride and Handling

With its sporty adaptive suspension, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 capably grips the road, rounding corners and absorbing bumps at high speeds. The car comes with six drive programs – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, and Individual – as well as gearshift paddles.

The car’s retuned AMG Ride Control steel suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential comes standard on all C 63 variants. The C 63 S models come with dynamic engine mounts.

Exterior Styling

The newly redesigned Mercedes-AMG C 63 boasts a distinctive, AMG-specific grille with vertical slots, sleek lines, and a low, wide stance. Sporty side skirts and AMG light-alloy wheels enhance its muscular profile. Twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome and a spoiler lip on the trunk lid round out the car’s sporty look.

Convertible

The cabriolet version comes with a power-controlled soft top that cuts road, tire, and wind noise with acoustic layering. Offered in four colors, the top opens and closes with the push of a button when the car is traveling up to 31 mph.

Interior Design

Inside the Mercedes-AMG C 63, Nappa or leatherette interior upholstery can be accented with sleek aluminum and a variety of natural-grain wood trims, including new-for-2019 grey oak and walnut. Seats can be customized with contrasting top-stitching or diamond quilting.

Infotainment System

All 2019 C 63 models come equipped with Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. A 10.25-inch display screen is standard. An AMG-specific menu allows drivers to access a range of information such as g-force readings, a race timer that tracks driving performance, and an optional AMG Track Pace view with a head-up display.

Newly reconfigured controls on the flat-bottomed steering wheel allow the driver to easily change settings and displays. More than a dozen surround-sound speakers enhance the car’s satellite radio and voice-activated command system.

Other Interior Features

The cabin features storage space in the center console, glovebox, and trunk. Buyers may choose from a long list of optional features, including navigation, enhanced voice control, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, a touchpad controller, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and inductive wireless charging.

Front Seats

Comfortable and sturdy, the Mercedes-AMG C 63’s front seats support the driver and passenger through high-speed twists and turns. Optional AMG Performance seats come with seat side bolsters and a supportive seat cushion and backrest. New for 2019, seats outfitted with leather upholstery can be climatized in three levels. The cabriolet version comes with Mercedes-Benz’s Airscarf neck heating system.

Rear Seats

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 sedan can seat five people, while the coupe and cabriolet can fit four. However, adults may feel cramped in the rear and may have trouble entering and exiting the nameplate’s two-door versions.

Cargo Space

Compared with competitors, the Mercedes-AMG C 63’s trunk measures slightly smaller, at 12.6 cubic feet. A split-folding rear seat and an optional power-trunk lid help accommodate heavy or long cargo. The C 63 coupe has 10.5 cubic feet, and the convertible has 8.8.

Fuel Economy

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 delivers 18 mpg around town and 27 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy falls to 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for cabriolet variants.

Safety Features

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63 features a long list of standard safety features, including active brake assist, attention assist, crosswind assist, blind spot assist, and a rearview camera.

Buyers can upgrade to active steering assist, active blind spot assist, active lane keeping assist, active lane change assist, and active parking assist, among other advanced driver assistance features.

Competition

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 rivals several high-performance sports car variants, including the BMW M3 and M4, Audi RS5, Lexus RC F, and Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio. The 2019 C 63 earns high marks for its transmission, handling, and cabin comforts.

The newly redesigned Mercedes-AMG C 63 is available at dealerships in early 2019.