4 fun

The all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz C400 4Matic is an unusually sporty offering from the brand with the three-pointed star. By Samuel Ee

Published Fri, Apr 18, 2014 · 10:00 PM
Share this article.

"Sporty performance" is not a label often used for a model in the Mercedes-Benz range of family sedans. But when it comes to the new C400 4Matic, it seems totally appropriate. The Mercedes-Benz C400 4Matic compact saloon is a high-end variant of the new C-Class line-up that will arrive here later this year.

While the entry-level C-Class models such as the C200 and C250 have four-cylinder turbocharged engines to drive the rear wheels, the C400 4Matic comes with a punchy 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 to send power to all four wheels. The 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system splits power 45:55 between the front and rear axles - and this is achieved without the use of regular differential locks. Instead, it relies on a combination of the ESP Electronic Stability Program's drive dynamics and the 4ETS electronic traction system. As a result, 4Matic is lighter than other conventional four-wheel-drive systems, adding just 70 kg to the car's kerb weight rather than the usual 120 kg for other systems. With all-wheel-drive, traction and stability for this small but powerful Merc is increased. And because the 4Matic system is rear-biased, driving pleasure is also increased.

This C-Class brims with confidence. Its 333 hp and 480 Newton-metres of torque enable lightning fast response to pressure from the gas pedal. Yet the strong torque is deployed with maximum grip. Handling benefits from the newly developed four-link front suspension. Previously a three-link set-up, it improves steering and stability in corners. The rear suspension retains Merc's accomplished five-link set-up, which has been optimised for improved straight line stability. In a first for its segment, the C-Class can be ordered with optional air suspension or AirMatic.

BT is now on Telegram!

For daily updates on weekdays and specially selected content for the weekend. Subscribe to



Get the latest coverage and full access to all BT premium content.


Browse corporate subscription here