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By Ben Barry
02 March 2009 09:30
Well, the estate doesn’t look as good as the saloon, and we’re not quite convinced by the extra versatility. The stats say the estate boasts an extra 10 litres of space (485 plays the saloon’s 475 litres) with the rear seats in position, but we tripped it up with a real-world comparison, the Barry family BMW E46 3-series estate swallowing a baby pushchair with less fuss. The C63 just doesn’t seem as accommodating as you might expect, though dropping the rear seats does, of course, open up far more furniture-shaped possibilities.
There was also a further black mark during the C63’s time with us: we opened the boot one rainy day, removed our belongings, then pressed the handy electronic button to close it. Except it didn’t work. Cue a wet load bay, a wet CAR team (everyone crowded round thinking they’d know the solution) and a very windy journey home for the Mercedes delivery driver.
A private car would, of course, have been fixed under warranty, but we were lucky that ours failed in the work car park, and not at the airport/train station/dodgy city street.
Essentially, the greatness of the C63 lives on in the estate version. But you’ll have to really need the extra space that’s available by dropping the rear seats and unleashing the full 1500-litre load capacity to put up with the slightly uglier styling, 65kg weight penalty and £1200 price premium. With the seats in place there’s just not the practical advantage we expected. The failure of our electric-closing tailgate – a standard feature – is also a concern, though we’d imagine this was a rare glitch.
So let’s presume that fault was a one-off. And maybe you do need the 1500 litres, and maybe the tailgate will be attractive for outdoors types with mountain bikes to lug around. If that’s you, great. But we’ll imagine the vast majority of customers will be better served by the saloon for the vast majority of the time.
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RE: Mercedes C63 AMG Estate (2009) CAR review
This car weighs only 5kg less than the M5 estate. MB, you've got a weight problem, not a power problem.
05 March 2009 17:18
Having recently bought one of the very last 4.2V8 S4's (pre-registered and £20k off list), I can confirm that there is a market for cars like this. They combine practicality, performance and (most importantly) anonymity. If you can afford the C63 you could obviously afford something jaw-droppingly beautiful, and if you can afford the running costs of it, you could afford to run an exotic. [As an side, the official figures are preposterous - my S4 does 12mpg]. However, in these straitened times driving around in, say a Quattroporte or a Bentley Continental, is inviting trouble. Likewise, driving a RR Sport or (God forbid) an X6, marks you down as an eco-terrorist. The only concern that Mercedes should have is that this is just too bling - rather mitigating against the anonymity point. The great thing about the S4 is that nobody gives it a second look, whereas this thing shouts look at me.
And while I'm at it, why don't cars like this have sliding rear seats like in the early Twingos? It can't be beyond the wit of the German engineering boffins to develop a syatem suitably robust and plush for this class of cars, and the 90% of teh time when there is sod all in the bag the legroom would be astounding.
05 March 2009 17:03
How is this car relevant?
05 March 2009 16:24
I'm pretty sure a RS4 and its estate version will be built - Quattro GmbH will have to change its policy on only having one RS model at a time soon. BMW may also choose to make a M3 Estate eventually too. And yes, those Vauxhall VXR8s (HSV ClubSport R8 Tourers in Australia) aren't a very good alternative at all.
05 March 2009 12:34
If I put my Labs in the back am I likely to incur the wrath of the RSPCA? What ever, I really really want one of these.
05 March 2009 11:38
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