A tepid review by the NY Times
The Times does not have outstanding auto reviewers but it carries weight when it come to influencing people with their evaluations.
"The C320 had the Comand system, an unimpressive trip computer that cost $2,125 and did away with what would have been a standard cassette player. It did not include a navigation system. I never did figure out all that the Comand system could do, nor did I need to.
Competitive all-wheel-drive wagons are the Audi A4 quattro, BMW 325xi Sports Wagon, the Volkswagen Passat 4Motion and two Volvos, the V70AWD and V70 XC. The fanciest Subaru wagon, the Outback L. L. Bean edition, is also competitive in features and price. Prices of well-equipped versions generally range from $33,000 to $38,000, though they can creep higher. The Mercedes C240 4Matic wagon can be sensibly optioned to about $38,000; the C320 is typically well over $40,000.
The Mercedes wagons are solidly built, nicely styled and perform as well as any car in their class. Still, they tend to be more expensive than competitors that do the same thing about as well." [end of the article]
BUSINESS | June 15, 2003
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: New 4Matic in Mercedes Wagons