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2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 looks good, performs better

It may not be the brawnier C63, but AMG's V6-powered sport sedan packs a wicked wallop.

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The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 starts at $55,250.

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My well-optioned Brilliant Blue Metallic tester is priced at $72,605 including $995 for destination.

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Under the C43's hood lies a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 delivering 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

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Power is channeled through a nine-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels.

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During my week with it -- mostly on the highway -- I achieved 24.7 miles per gallon. The EPA rates the C43 for 19/27 city/highway mpg.

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The C43 is armed with a lovely interior, but make sure you skip the $2,500 AMG Performance Seats -- they're awful.

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This Mercedes is equipped with an impressive suite of tech, which includes a sharp 10.25-inch display atop the center stack with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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A 12.3-inch digital instrument display sits ahead of the driver, who gets some help in the form of adaptive cruise control with steering assist, lane-change assist and automated parallel parking.

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There's only 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small among compact luxury sedans.

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