What is it?
Mercedes continues to deliver the motoring equivalent of a chocolate selection box with its hottest C Class: there’s something on offer for all tastes, whether they be saloon, coupé, convertible or estate-shaped.
While all have the performance punch of a carolina reaper chilli pepper, only the estate delivers that hit with a side of sensibility. It’s the sensible choice in a niche where sensible rarely applies anywhere else.
A handful of visual changes for 2019 include a revised AMG front grille and rear diffuser, some new-look air inlets and new alloy wheel options, but you’d need to be paying attention to notice.
Digital instruments and a slimmer, updated steering wheel are the main additions inside the cabin, with an AMG-specific rotary dial and customisable shortcut keys with their own tiny LCD screens to show whether you’re sharpening up the gearbox response or switching off the traction control.
The mid-life facelift hasn’t added any more power - but it wasn’t like the C63 S needed any. The 503bhp produced by its twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 is sufficient for a mere 4.1 second 0-62mph sprint and a 172mph top speed. It does benefit from a new nine-speed wet clutch automatic gearbox, which replaces the seven-speed torque converter found in the outgoing car.