Home / Social media / News / Clash of the Longroofs - The Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance, the BMW M3 Touring, and the Audi RS4 Avant pitched against each other


Production of estates, station wagons and avants - all the same thing, has been in a steady state of decline since the SUV started its rapid rise in popularity and people started wanting higher and more practical cars for family and long-range commutes. Luckily there are still some being made, and thanks to them coming from Germany’s Big 3, they have legions of fans that may just be enough to convince these automakers to never give up on the cars commonly known as longroofs. While they may not admit it, BMW seems to have only introduced an estate version of its most popular sportscar, the M3 Touring, thanks to the power of social media and actually listening to the wants and needs of its massive client base. The newly-introduced BMW wagon is powered by the same twin-turbocharged inline-six that we’re used to, and that means it’s powerful and fast and eats dead dinosaurs with gusto, as does the twin-turbocharged V6 in the Audi RS4. The latest incarnation of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S estate is a bit different. Instead of a beefy 4.0-litre V8 powerplant with a soundtrack to die for, we now find it sees fitment of a much smaller capacity, petrol-fed turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder lump that has an electric motor making up the power and performance losses from the downsizing process. That iconic AMG V8 roar is now a thing of the past for the AMG estate, something that has seen the haters of the world aim their focus at the automaker. You’d swear the car had a soul to lose, and it just lost it. The thing is, even with the main powerplant being smaller, with the electric motor adding its contribution to the mix we find the new Mercedes to be quite freaking fast. The crew from CAR Magazine assembled all three of these longroofs and checked them out and compared the cars to see which is the best at the job of going fast in comfort.

Specs-wise the cars are on par, and as for pricing they all fight in the same class so even if there were massive differences in the sticker price, they are all still direct competitors. The new kid on the block, the BMW M3 Touring is powered by a twin-turbocharged in-line six-cylinder powerplant that’s rated at 375 kW with 650 Nm of torque on tap, and an 8t-speed auto Steptronic sport transmission sends that power to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The old dog in the fight is the Audi RS4 Avant, and thanks to being in its fifth generation right now. This means the automaker has had over 20 years to perfect the recipe of a performance estate. The latest generation is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that’s rated to produce 331 kW with 600 Nm of torque. This power is sent to all four wheels with Audi’s iconic Quattro all-wheel drive underpinnings while an 8-speed automatic transmission does the cog-swapping. These two are quite evenly matched. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance not only has the longest name, it also has more of everything, like a whopping 500 kW of power with a stonking 1020 Nm of torque. There are even more gears, this one has a 9-speed auto transmission in play and power also goes to all four wheels with some clever power deliver trickery and that electric motor. So while on paper the AMG has it all, how does the equate to real-world performance with its direct rivals? Watch to find out…

Take a look at the YouTube video that sees the experienced CAR Magazine crew pit the three most popular performance estates against each other - not in the outright car-vs-car sense, but more a proper overall comparison. Our fav looks-wise is the BMW, our heart is with the Audi and our interest is in the new smaller capacity, electrically-assisted AMG. Which is your favourite of the fast three?: NEW Mercedes-AMG C63 S vs BMW M3 vs Audi RS4 | Why hybrid’s spoiled the AMG C63 | CAR Magazine

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