Mercedes-AMG C43 And Jaguar XE 35t Fight For The Title Of The Sportiest Sedan

If you are out in the market for the sportiest four-door saloon, you’ve probably added both the Mercedes-AMG C43 and the Jaguar XE 35t to your list of candidates.

Mercedes is currently expanding the AMG brand by adding more models underneath its traditional offerings, including the new C43. Power comes from a twin-turbo V6 with 362hp that’s sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed auto gearbox.

The range-topping Jaguar XE on the other hand sticks with rear-wheel drive and rides on one of the best platforms in the segment. Its supercharged V6 produces 340hp and it’s mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic.

While some purists are already yelling about the new 43 series not being a real AMG product but rather a marketing trick, you can’t deny that people simply want more Affalterbach-related products and Mercedes is just giving them what they want.

On the other hand, Jaguar claims that the XE is simply the most driver-focused model of the segment. Which one of the two is the better car? Motor Trend finds out on their latest Head2Head episode linked below.


  • Shane

    I shutter to think that a V6 TT producing 362 HP and a V6 SC producing 340 HP are selling points in such an expensive field. Ford has the Mustang 4 cylinder turbo and RS putting down 310 HP and like 350 HP. 2018 Mustang 4 cylinder turbo should have a power increase as well. Also the Japanese have great V6 and 4 cylinder turbos.

    • eb110americana

      I dunno. It wasn’t that long ago that the M3 was making 240 HP from its inline-6. It’s kind of nuts that compact family sedans that aren’t even the performance flagships of their respective models are making around 350 horses and running 0-60 mph in the 4 second range, and these guys are complaining about power. Okay, loaded up to $70K is pretty pricey, but how fast do people really need to go?

      The Mustang turbo-4 still makes 310 HP, it just gets bumped to 350 lb. ft. of torque and can go 0-60 in under 5 seconds (probably 4.9). But that is a performance car which can be a bit less refined in the name of speed.

      • Shane

        That’s the thing though, AMG IS the performance division and it still puts out these less than impressive numbers. In 2001 the E46 M3 with 0.2 more liters and no turbo had like 330 HP. Just saying, 15+ years later you would expect better performance with a FI 6 cylinder in a “performance” branded car.

    • europeon

      Don’t get blinded by the biggest mistake in automotive history that was downsizing, and by figures – they tell only part of the story. It’s also about power delivery, smoothness, economy and reliability.
      You gave Ford’s engine as an example, but Mercedes also has an l4, 2l engine that produces around 400hp, yet they’re not using it for anything else than hot hatches.

      @John, what word from what I said marked my comment for approval?

    • Matt

      This is such a flawed argument.

  • Dervishev

    43AMG must be compared to XE S

  • dervishev

    the comparison here is not relevant, C43 AMG must be compared to XE S