Mercedes is currently on a roll, with its latest models winning plenty of praise for their elegant looks and high quality interiors. One element many owners enjoy is the COMAND infotainment system, which has undergone major improvements in recent years.
We’ve also produced dedicated videos reviewing the Mercedes COMAND system in cheaper and more expensive models allowing you to compare and contrast their respective advantages and limitations. Below are two videos showing the system fitted to both the C-Class saloon and the new GLC SUV.
Although the COMAND nameplate predates Audi’s MMI and BMW’s iDrive by a good couple of years, the system only gained a central control dial in 2006 – finally bringing it into direct comparison with competitors. Read on to discover what it does and how it makes your Mercedes easier to live with.
Mercedes COMAND controls
As mentioned already, all Mercedes with the system fitted since 2006 feature a large dial on the centre console between the driver and front passenger. In some newer models the dial is half-covered by a touch pad to use for allowing the user to write their destination in.
Information is displayed on a central screen which, on models including the A-Class and C-Class, is mounted above the air vents and looks like a computer tablet. The screen comes in two sizes depending on the trim level. Top-spec models such as the new S-Class have a more sophisticated dual-screen setup including a digital instrument panel to give a wall of LCD that stretches half the width of the dashboard.
Mercedes COMAND features
Akin to infotainment systems from Audi and BMW, Mercedes COMAND has two versions depending on how much you want to spend and what features you need. Models lower down the line-up come with COMAND Audio as standard – this consists of a seven-inch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports and the option of DAB radio. Also an option is an SD-based navigation system, able to be retrofitted at a later date in some models.
COMAND Online comes with a larger nine-inch screen that has 3D navigation and enhanced graphics using a 10GB hard-drive. There’s also voice control and enhanced Bluetooth integration, plus access to online features and internet searches.
The S-Class and its Coupe sibling have a slightly more sophisticated version of COMAND Online – the screen is significantly larger and the control dial has many more buttons surrounding it. As a flagship model, some features are unique to the S-Class, including a split-view screen similar to the one found in the Range Rover.
Mercedes COMAND future
The current S-Class brought in a lot of new features to COMAND and this has already started to filter down the Mercedes line-up. The upcoming E-Class is expected to gain a dual-screen set-up similar to the flagship model.
Rival systems from Audi and BMW currently have a more sophisticated mapping software, however, with their 3D maps showing buildings and satellite images. Equally, the appearance of systems such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are likely to play a big part in the future shaping of COMAND.
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If you’re looking for the full COMAND experience why not check out the stunning Mercedes C-Class in our car configurator or maybe the luxurious Mercedes S-Class. If you need a little more help selecting your new tech-laden car, why not check our car chooser.