What is a 4MATIC Mercedes?

I’ve got my heart set on purchasing a Mercedes as my next vehicle and am trying to learn more about all the features. I’ve noticed that the 4matic seems pretty popular. What exactly is a 4matic Mercedes?

Mary Cahill · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I think you’re going to love driving a Mercedes around! A 4MATC® is an all-wheel-drive (AWD) configuration with a lightweight drivetrain that’s exclusive to
. While the basic purpose of 4MATIC is to give you better traction and handling on the road, you’ll have a few variations of the system to choose from. Let’s take a look at what they are:
  • 4MATIC Permanent AWD: Available on vehicles like the
    C Class
    , this configuration is great for tough road conditions such as snow or ice.
  • 4MATIC Variable AWD: Just like it sounds, you can switch the drivetrain to make it front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as you see fit—this will improve your
  • 4MATIC AWD: This option allows you to easily go from rear-wheel drive to AWD depending on what type of terrain you’re driving on.
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