The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system was a new addition to the Mercedes-Benz C320 wagon for 2003. The all-wheel-drive system provided improved handling, stability, and traction in all types of driving conditions.
The C320 wagon was powered by a 3.2-liter V6 engine that produced 215 horsepower. A five-speed automatic was the only transmission available with this vehicle. The automatic was equipped with the Touch Shift feature, which enabled the driver to upshift and downshift, depending on driving conditions, by nudging the shift lever left or right.
Standard features for the C320 wagon included leather seats (power-adjustable in the front), a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel equipped with audio controls, power windows, power heated mirrors, air conditioning, a keyless entry system, interior wood trim, cruise control, a trip computer, and a premium Bose AM/FM audio system.
Other features included a roof rack, 16-inch alloy wheels, traction control, anti-lock brakes, an anti-skid system, and stability control, as well as a full complement of airbags.
Drivers particularly liked the C320 wagon's smooth ride, as well its handling, performance, and safety features. In fact, some drivers thought the all-wheel-drive-equipped wagon handled better than the sedan. Some drivers thought that although the wagon provided plenty of storage room, it didn't offer as much room as some of the larger SUVs. In addition, many drivers recommended the upgrade to the in-dash CD player or CD changer, which were not standard equipment in the C320 wagon.