2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan vs. 2020 Porsche Panamera

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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 Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To help make backing safer, the AMG C-Class Sedan’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The AMG C-Class Sedan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG C-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the AMG C 43 Sedan 3.0 turbo V6 is faster than the Porsche Panamera turbo V6:

AMG C-Class Sedan

Panamera

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.2 sec

11.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

107 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG C 43 Sedan 4MATIC gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera 4 Auto with its standard engine (19 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

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 Panamera.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG C-Class Sedan’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Panamera:

AMG C-Class Sedan

Panamera

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The AMG C-Class Sedan has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The AMG C-Class Sedan stops shorter than the Panamera:

AMG C-Class Sedan

Panamera

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

156 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

104 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 Panamera 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 Panamera doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG C 63 S Sedan handles at .98 G’s, while the Panamera Turbo pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver 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 350 to 1500 pounds less than the Porsche Panamera.

The AMG C 63 Sedan is 1 foot, 1.8 inches shorter than the Panamera, making the AMG C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the AMG C 63 S Sedan is quieter than the Panamera Turbo (41 vs. 45 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG C-Class offers cargo security. The Panamera’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The AMG C-Class Sedan has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Panamera doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The AMG C-Class Sedan’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 Panamera.

If the windows are left open on the AMG C-Class Sedan 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 Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG C-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The Panamera doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Panamera 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 Panamera 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 Porsche Panamera isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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