2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe vs. 2019 Ford Mustang

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Ford Mustang doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Mustang doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Using vehicle speed sensors, smart airbags in the AMG C 63 Coupe deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The AMG C 63 Coupe’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Mustang’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The AMG C 63 Coupe offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Mustang only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the AMG C 63 Coupe and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The AMG C 63 Coupe comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Mustang’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 1 place higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The AMG C 63 Coupe has more powerful engines than the Mustang:

 

Horsepower

Torque

AMG C 63 Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

469 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

AMG C 63 S Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

503 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang BULLITT 5.0 DOHC V8

480 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG C 63 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang GT Fastback Auto (17 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy). The AMG C 63 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang GT Fastback Manual (17 city/26 hwy vs. 15 city/24 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG C 63 Coupe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Mustang doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang EcoBoost’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The AMG C 63 Coupe has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang GT’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 16 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe higher (5 out of 10) than the Ford Mustang (3 to 5). This means the AMG C 63 Coupe produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Mustang every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Mustang.

The AMG C 63 Coupe offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Mustang doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG C 63 Coupe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mustang:

 

AMG C 63

AMG C 63 S

Mustang

Mustang GT

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15.8 inches

12.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches

The AMG C 63 Coupe S offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Mustang doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The AMG C 63 Coupe stops much shorter than the Mustang:

 

AMG C 63

Mustang

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the AMG C 63 Coupe has larger standard tires than the Mustang (F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19 vs. 235/55R17).

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard 255/40R18 front and 285/35R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG C 63 Coupe has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Mustang.

Suspension and Handling

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Mustang doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Mustang (111.8 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG C 63 Coupe is 2 inches wider in the front than on the Mustang.

The AMG C 63 S Coupe handles at .98 G’s, while the Mustang GT Premium Fastback pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The AMG C 63 Coupe has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more rear headroom and 3 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang Fastback.

Cargo Capacity

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG C 63 offers cargo security. The Mustang’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Mustang doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

The AMG C 63 Coupe uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Mustang uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 57% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Mustang Premium, the AMG C 63 Coupe has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Mustang, and is not available on all models.

The AMG C 63 Coupe offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Mustang doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the AMG C 63 Coupe the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Mustang can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Mustang’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG C 63 Coupe offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Mustang doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Mustang Premium.

When the AMG C 63 Coupe is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Mustang’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Mustang has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Mustang.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the AMG C 63 Coupe has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer rear vents.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Mustang doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Mercedes AMG C 63 comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Ford Mustang isn’t available as a sedan.

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