If, before driving the Mercedes C-Class coupé, you were asked to guess what it would be like, what would your answer be? Less overtly sporting than a BMW 3 Series coupé, yet more rewarding than the Audi A5, perhaps? Us, too. And, unsurprisingly, that’s exactly where the C-Class coupé finds itself.

Despite the AMG-badged upgrades, the C-Class coupé rides with relative compliance, absorbing the worst that urban roads have to offer with decent insulation and composure.

You can turn off the stop-start mechanism, but it’s so discreet in its operation that we suspect you won’t want to

Small imperfections are masked well, although bigger inputs – potholes and the like – cast a greater thump through the low-profile sidewalls and into the body, but in no worse a fashion than you’d expect from 35-profile rear rubber. At higher speeds on steady roads – motorways and so on – the coupé is very good.

On bucking back roads the C-Class feels less expertly tied down than, say, a 3 Series coupé, but it has the measure of every other rival. Overall, it finds a good blend of primary and secondary ride comfort.

And as a driver’s car? Suffice to say that it steers and corners with the refined, mature sophistication that you’d expect, given that it’s based on the C-Class. It’s competent, but not overtly entertaining.

As for the C 63 AMG, there’s an appealing completeness to its dynamic repertoire that allows you confidently explore its limits on public roads. The ride is a bit too firm, however.

AMG’s suspension updates to the Black Series have given it staggering body control, incisive steering, excellent directional stability and huge lateral grip.

Despite weighing 1.7 tonnes, it shrugs off speed with effortless ease under hard braking, and flows from turn-in, through corner apex, to exit with the kind of precision and poise that’s almost unheard of from a relatively portly front-engined V8.

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