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Bentley Continental vs Mercedes-Benz C43

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Bentley Continental
Bentley Continental

2023 price

Mercedes-Benz C43
Mercedes-Benz C43

$105,900 - $124,800

2023 price

Summary

2023 Bentley Continental
2023 Mercedes-Benz C43
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Twin Turbo V8, 4.0L

Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded Petrol

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Fuel Efficiency
11.1L/100km (combined)

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Seating
4

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Dislikes
  • A thirst for petrol
  • A surprising amount of options
  • Too many optional safety features

  • Engine lacks drama expected from AMG
  • Ride feels unresolved
  • Big price jump over old model
2023 Bentley Continental Summary

Bentley has been building cars for more than 100 years, but the famous British brand was re-born 20 years ago when it launched the Continental GT.

The sporty coupe and convertible reinvigorated the brand, returning it to its former glory days when it made cars that were dynamic and not just big and luxurious.

Now onto its third generation, the Continental GT has not only helped Bentley re-establish itself but also become a modern motoring icon.

Which is what the company wanted, an iconic model, like the Porsche 911 that could be a flagbearer for the brand.

Like the 911, this latest iteration is available in multiple forms, and we’re testing the Continental GT S Convertible, a two-door, four-seat grand tourer - with an emphasis on the ‘grand’.

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2023 Mercedes-Benz C43 Summary

Think of a Mercedes-AMG and the first words that spring to mind are probably not - understated, efficient and restrained. And yet those are probably the best words to describe the all-new C 43.

Of course, before we go any further it’s important to note that the C 43, even in its previous six-cylinder guise, was never meant to be as wild, raucous or powerful as the C63 flagship - that’s simply not its role in the AMG line-up.

But even so, this new model is a dive into fresh territory for the brand and puts a very different spin on the AMG sports sedan as we know it.

This is a four-cylinder model, complete with a Formula One-derived electric turbocharger, so it lacks the sound and fury you expect from something carrying the ‘AMG’ badge - but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad car, as we’ll explain.

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