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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
coddling sport seats nestle up about perfectly
a disappointing amount of hard, industrial-looking plastic
smooth ride quality...[but] interior is a bit austere and not very spacious
cabin is well appointed and smartly laid out
all the usual luxo touches
The 2008 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG offers great comfort levels, even if the quarters are a bit cramped.
In front, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has great, "deeply bucketed sport seats...with adjustments for side bolsters and lumbar support" as reported by ForbesAutos. However, ConsumerGuide says "the C63 has the same tight cabin as any other C-Class model. Rear-seaters are frankly cramped with six-footers up front, so for all practical purposes this nominal four-passenger sedan is a two-adults-plus-two-kids proposition." ForbesAutos concurs, reporting "backseat legroom will be at a premium for longer-legged riders." However, some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com praise the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG as an improvement over its predecessor in this respect.
Edmunds reports that, overall, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG "has grown up only ever so slightly from the last generation"; the trunk capacity is only 12.4 cubic feet, but can be expanded by folding down the rear seats. This, according to BusinessWeek, is "big enough for a family's long weekend of luggage," however.
Some interior finishes and functions were deemed less than perfect by writers from major auto Web sites. The Detroit News reports that the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG "lacks daytime lighting for the instruments," adding that "the sun visors do not slide on their support rods to block the sun from the side." ConsumerGuide expresses some disappointment in the "amount of hard, industrial-looking plastic."
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sound levels are "good by performance-car standards," according to ConsumerGuide: "tire thrum is constant but tolerable, and highway wind rush nicely muffled." Engine noise from inside the cabin "comes through as a just distant, delightful blend of high-pitched cam whine, low-pitched exhaust burble, and big-chested breathing."
Although not at the top of its class, the 2008 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG gives its occupants little to gripe about when it comes to comfort--unless they're stuck in the backseat.