2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan vs. 2020 Lexus GS F

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Safety

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

The AMG C 43 Sedan has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GS F doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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

Both the AMG C-Class Sedan and the GS F have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 59 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG C-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Engine

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The AMG C 63 Sedan’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 2 more horsepower (469 vs. 467) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 389) than the GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8. The AMG C 63 S Sedan’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 36 more horsepower (503 vs. 467) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 389) than the GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the AMG C 63 S Sedan 4.0 turbo V8 is faster than the Lexus GS F:

AMG C-Class Sedan

GS F

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.1 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

10.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.6 sec

2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119.5 MPH

112.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG C-Class Sedan’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 GS F doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the GS F.

The AMG C-Class Sedan offers an available 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 GS F doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The AMG C-Class Sedan V8’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The GS F doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG C 63 S Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GS F:

AMG C 63 S Sedan

GS F

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.5 inches

The AMG C-Class Sedan 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 GS F doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The AMG C-Class Sedan stops shorter than the GS F:

AMG C-Class Sedan

GS F

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GS F doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG C-Class Sedan’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 GS F doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG C-Class Sedan is 2 inches wider in the front than the track on the GS F.

The AMG C 63 S Sedan handles at 1.01 G’s, while the GS F pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Lexus GS F.

The AMG C 63 Sedan is 8.5 inches shorter than the GS F, making the AMG C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The AMG C-Class Sedan has 1.1 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear hip room than the GS F.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG C-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GS F doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG C-Class Sedan’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GS F doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG C-Class offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The GS F doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The AMG C-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The GS F doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Lexus GS F isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the AMG C-Class Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the AMG C-Class Sedan will cost $1590 to $2590 less than the GS F over a five-year period.

The AMG C-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the AMG C-Class Sedan will retain 44.57% to 44.61% of its original price after five years, while the GS F only retains 38.64% to 39.38%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan will be $19278 to $19857 less than for the Lexus GS F.

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