Auto Express: Audi RS4 Avant vs Mercedes-AMGC63 Estate

Auto Express has been just belting out the good videos lately. This one isn’t their latest, but it is quite new and very good. While the B8 Audi RS4 Avant is being slowly phased out, as the B9 is on its way in, it’s still one of the best performance wagons on the market. The C63 Estate is the newcomer in the segment, going up against the old dog, and it’s a very impressive new entry.

The race is closer than just old versus new, though. The Audi RS4 still packs a punch with its 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 and has its Quattro all-wheel drive system to help it out on the damp track. The C63 AMG Estate also packs a punch from its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, however it only has rear-wheel drive. While rear-wheel drive is fun for dry roads, on the wet track with all of that torque it starts to become quite a handful.

Audi RS4 Avant in Austin Yellow
Audi RS4 Avant in Austin Yellow

The Audi RS4 seems to be the far easier car to control in the wet, thanks to its all-wheel drive. It’s nose-heavy nature makes it understeer quite a bit through the really tight stuff, but it’s Quattro grip allows it to cling on through chicanes and make up for lost time. While the C63 is a bit more balanced and doesn’t understeer, it oversteers quite a bit on the damp tarmac and loses some time because of it. Though, the C63 does seem to be the more entertaining car to drive, the more charismatic car of the two, while the Audi is the more buttoned-up of the two. However, the RS4’s free-breathing V8 does make a better noise and revs out nicer, so it isn’t as if its boring, it’s far from that.

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2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate

On the damp track, the Audi RS4 is a full two seconds faster than the new Merc, showing that the old dog still has a few tricks up its sleeves. However, according to the man driving, Steve Sutcliffe, he took both cars out again on a dryer track only to have the C63 be the faster car, though he didn’t say by how much. So in the end, he calls it a draw. The older Audi RS4 Avant is faster in the wet and is still one of the best performance wagons on the market, while the Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate is a bit faster in the dry and is the much newer and maybe even more exciting of the two. Both are incredible cars that can put a big smile on your face while carrying the week’s groceries. So check the video out and decide which one you’d like for yourself.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.