4MATIC is the name Mercedes have given to their four-wheel drive system which sends the power produced from the engine to all four wheels instead of just the front or rear ones. The benefits of having a four-wheel drive system are vast, for example, they improve a cars grip, stability in corners, acceleration and also its ability to tackle trickier driving surfaces like ice snow or dirt.
Mercedes first introduced their 4MATIC system on the 1987 E-Class. It was designed to engage four-wheel drive when it detected any sign of wheel slip, doing so by locking the differentials which would then provide the necessary traction.
Since then, Mercedes have worked hard over generations making an array of improvements to the 4MATIC system. The latest form of the system can now be fitted to smaller models, whereas before you would only ever find it applied to their bigger SUVs or Saloons.
Which Cars Can I Get That Have 4MATIC?
Now that Mercedes have developed the 4MATIC system to be fitted in to a number of different sized cars, the four-wheel drive system is now available throughout most of their range.
Models you can get the 4MATIC fitted with include the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class Saloon, E-Class Saloon, C-Class Estate, CLA Shooting Brake, E-Class Estate, GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS, C-Class Coupé, CLA Coupé and C-Class Cabriolet.
There are however some models in Britain that Mercedes haven’t applied their 4MATIC system to because they are reluctant to re-engineer their platform in order to accommodate for the steering wheel being on the right hand side.
Does the 4MATIC System Come as Standard Across the Mercedes Range?
The 4MATIC system comes as a premium option throughout most of the Mercedes range, however on larger models like the GLC, GLS and GLE it comes as standard.
To get it on smaller models like the A-Class, you’ll need to choose the top spec A250 AMG Line model. The two-wheel drive A250 will set you back £30,805, but when you throw the 4MATIC system in to the mix the price goes up to £32,345.
Other models that are available with 4MATIC as an option are the, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and GLA.
Is 4MATIC Worth the Extra Cost?
The answer to this will vary from person to person as it mainly depends on what you are using the car for and the conditions of the road surfaces where you live. If you’re located in an urban area away from extreme weather conditions, then opting for the more expensive 4MATIC may seem a little unnecessary, not to mention the added clump of the four-wheel drive transmission lowering your average miles per gallon too.
On the other hand, if you’re expecting to spend most of your time on surfaces prone to being covered in ice, snow or dirt then having a 4MATIC at your disposal will vastly outweigh the additional price and the extra fuel consumption. However, this isn’t to say that if you don’t live in the frozen forests of Finland you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a 4MATIC system because you can still feel the difference in grip and acceleration on normal tarmacked roads.
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