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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The driving position in the C63 has plenty of adjustment thanks to the electric sports seats, plus there are individual switches for lumbar support and side bolsters. But while the design is clean and unfussy it's not that different from a standard C-Class and aside from the aluminium pedals, AMG dials and sportier steering wheel, very little else has changed.

The interior is neat but it doesn't quite have the inviting feel of the BMW 3-Series and some of the materials used, most notably on the dash top, are a little disappointing for a car which costs more than £50,000. That said build quality is superb and everything feels robustly put together.

For a high performance car the C63 has a surprisingly supple ride and only really gets unsettled by rough or bumpy surfaces. Buyers can opt for the additional AMG performance pack (a £3,120 option) which adds firmer suspension, (among other extras) however this makes the AMG incredibly stiff and as a result it is uncomfortable on anything but a smooth surface.

The seats are superbly supportive though and those in the front have lumbar and side bolster adjustment. Rear passengers in both the saloon and estate will find space quite limited though.