Bless me, but this Merc is mar­velous!

Saturday Star - - SPORT -

prod­uct, there is a feel­ing of qual­ity and lux­ury around you in the cabin. The lat­est it­er­a­tions of the C-Class and in­deed other mod­els in the range now have a cabin aura which is not far off that of class leader Audi and equal to that of BMW. The AMG, with its sports seats and red seat belts, is a very se­duc­tive en­vi­ron­ment in which to spend time.

Again, how­ever, I have to give a smack to the MB de­sign­ers for tak­ing the ra­dio in­ter­face back a num­ber of steps. The new ra­dios in the lat­est cars take ages to get used to and re­quire many more steps to do sim­ple things like sav­ing favourite sta­tions. Some­times, people, please ac­cept: if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.

That re­ally is the only com­plaint I have about the C43 AMG.

It is not cheap at R900 000, but if you con­sider the per­for­mance on of­fer it is good value for money and about R400 000 cheaper than a C63S.

I re­alise some will prefer the brawnier, big­ger-en­gined car: but, for me, the C43 AMG is as fast as you’ll ever need, as lux­u­ri­ous as you’ll ever need and, com­pared to the C63S, bet­ter value for money.

It is one of the best per­for­mance sa­loons on the mar­ket (and this in­cludes BMW’s cheaper but less pow­er­ful 340i, which is one of its com­peti­tors, as well as the BMW M3, which is more pow­er­ful but only slightly quicker than the C43).

I have driven many Mercs over the years but this is sim­ply the best.

My ad­vice would be: en­joy it now be­fore the govern­ment reg­u­la­tors for­ever ban these sort of engines.

I sup­pose as penance for my trans­gres­sion I will have to drive a hy­brid.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.